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Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Simon Property unloading Northlake Mall

Simon Property unloading Northlake Mall


ATLANTA -- As mall giant Simon Property Group invests millions into its premiere Atlanta properties including Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, it's dumping one of its suburban malls.

Simon is unloading Northlake Mall in Tucker into a newly-formed real estate investment trust called Washington Prime Group, according to an April 22 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company instead is focusing its growth on its larger malls and outlet centers.

The strategy comes as mall operators deal with new pressures to keep their projects relevant.

Retail is evolving due to rising e-commerce sales, and more retailers are leaving malls for street-level locations at mixed-use developments.

Nationally, regional mall construction has essentially shut down.

9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.

Girl Scout Cookies for sale at Simon Malls

Girl Scout Cookies for sale at Simon Malls

(WXIA) -- Five Atlanta-area Simon Malls will soon allow shoppers to get a Girl Scout Cookie fix.

From Wedneday, Feb. 19 to Tuesday, Mar. 11, local Girl Scout troops will sell boxes of their famous cookies for $3.50 each at the participating malls.

"We are excited to work with local Girl Scouts again this year to provide convenient and highly trafficked areas for their sales," Carol Cox, director of marketing and business development at the Mall of Georgia, said in a release.

The scouts will sell their cookies Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Participating Simon Malls include:

Lenox Square, Atlanta
Cookies will be sold on the upper level near Pottery Barn Kids

Mall of Georgia, Buford
Cookies will be sold on the upper level between H&M and the Regal box office

14 Publix locations to stay closed Wednesday

14 Publix locations to stay closed Wednesday

(WXIA) -- The icy conditions that slammed north and central Georgia overnight forced 14 Publix supermarkets to close their doors for the day.

Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid said the Georgia Publix stores that are open received extra supplies of milk, eggs, dry goods, meat and produce to accommodate shoppers who plan to spend the day at home.

The 14 locations that are closed Wednesday include:

Publix at Governors Towne Square
6110 Cedarcrest Road NW, Acworth

Publix at Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta

Publix at Cascade Crossing
3695 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta

Publix at East Lake
2235 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta

Publix at Piedmont
595 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta

Publix at The Plaza Midtown
950 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

NEW YORK -- Retailer Macy's will lay off approximately 2,500 workers as it restructures its business, it said Wednesday afternoon.

The layoffs and other cost-saving changes are expected to to generate savings of about $100 million beginning this year, the company said in a press release.

"We have identified some specific areas where we can improve our efficiency without compromising our effectiveness in serving the evolving needs of our customers," said CEO Terry Lundgren in that press release.

The retailer will close five Macy's stores in early spring 2014. The stores that will close are in Fiesta Mall, Mesa, Ariz.; Metcalf South Shopping Center, Overland Park, Kansas; Jamestown Mall, Florissant, Mo., Medley Centre, Irondequoit, N.Y.; and Fashion Place Mall, Murray, Utah.

It will also combine its Midwest Region with its North Region to create a new North Central Region.

Macy's has eight stores in metro Atlanta.

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

(WXIA) -- Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut delivered its first-ever pizza to be ordered over the Internet.

Now, the pizza chain is celebrating this milestone by offering a half-off online deal for customers.

Medium and large Pizza Hut pizzas will be 50 percent off when ordered online now through Jan. 10.

Pizza Hut has also launched Hut Lovers, a loyalty program that provides members with exclusive deals.

A large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese Pizza Hut pizza was the first physical good ever purchased online, according to Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Carrie Walsh.

"We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the Internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza," Walsh said in a statement. "We're doing so by giving back to our customers who have helped us lead the way with digital innovations over the last 20 years."