A down economy means business is up for A-OK Enterprises in Wichita, and owner Bruce Harris has big expansion plans. "The economy has been very poor, and because of that, people are changing the way they're shopping, and they're buying a lot of stuff from me," he says of his four A-OK Pawn Shops .
All of his businesses — the pawn shops, 12 check-cashing sites, two jewelry stores and two cell phone stores — are doing well.
"In the past year, we've doubled our business in the collateral loan business," Harris says.
As banks turn away business, Harris says people needing money turn to his pawn shops.
Also, gold is at an all-time high of $1,400 an ounce.
"That's unheard of," Harris says.
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