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AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announced Melissa Perlman has been named as Social Worker for the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC). She will be responsible for the organization’s consultation and resource services, including linking families with the appropriate benefits, services, and funding sources.

Every year, AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.

Northlake Mall welcomes new stores, dining option

Northlake Mall welcomes new stores, dining option

ATLANTA -- Northlake Mall is excited to announce the addition of Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio, Déjà Vu Studios, Vinny’s New York Pizza and Jumpin’ Kritters to its retail roster.

Now open in a 2,531 square foot space on the second level next to Kohl’s, Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio offers an out of this world experience through dance and exercise classes of cosmic proportions. The studio provides a range of classes including step, African dance, hip-hop dance, yoga and Zumba from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as in the evening from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Déjà Vu Studios is a 1,204 square foot studio dedicated to a full pampering experience. Located near the main entrance, Déjà Vu Studios offers make-up application, haircuts, hair styling, extensions, chair massage and photo studios for glamour shots.

Ingles closes two metro Atlanta grocery stores

Ingles closes two metro Atlanta grocery stores

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Ingles Markets Inc. has closed two of its metro Atlanta stores.

Speaking to analysts on Aug. 4, Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of the North Carolina-based grocery chain, said the two Atlanta stores "didn’t meet our ongoing plans."

"They were old stores, smaller size, just didn’t fit into the long-term plan for us," he added.

Since the company owns the properties, it has some redevelopment options either to lease the space vacated or to sell the properties, he said.

One of the stores was located on Hugh Howell Road in Tucker, where it was sandwiched between a nearby Publix, Kroger and Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Ingles now operates 201 stores, including 71 in Georgia, 70 in North Carolina, 36 in South Carolina, 21 in Tennessee, two in Virginia and one in Alabama.

Tucker's first Bojangles opens Tuesday

Tucker's first Bojangles opens Tuesday

First 50 Customers Will Receive $50 Bojangles’ Gift Cards and One Lucky Customer
Will Win Free Breakfast for a Year

Tucker’s first Bojangles’ will open its doors to customers who have eagerly anticipated the restaurant’s arrival on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:00 a.m.

The new restaurant is at 3336 Lawrenceville Highway.

To celebrate, the company is giving away $50 Bojangles’ gift cards to the first 50 customers. Bojangles’ customers will also be able to register to win breakfast for a year – that’s one breakfast combo every week for a full 52 weeks!

Bojangles’ opening day giveaways will include:

Free BoJo Coffee for early risers in line from 4—5 a.m 

Free 22 oz. Legendary Iced Tea with any purchase from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.  

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.

RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

(USA TODAY) -- After reporting dismal fourth-quarter earnings, RadioShack said Tuesday that it would close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S. The company has been struggling to revamp its stores for the past year.

Total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million in the fourth quarter, vs. $1,171.4 million last year, a 20% decline. Comparable store sales were down 19%, which the company blames on poor performance in its mobile phone business.

RadioShack stock was down more than 20% in premarket trading.

"Even in this environment, we're continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility," CEO Joseph C. Magnacca said in a statement.

Best Buy to cut hundreds of jobs

(BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs throughout its U.S. store operations, according to a report in the New York Post.

The article, citing anonymous insiders, says the "layoffs could affect upwards of 2,000 managers," though the exact scope isn't known. The retailer does not plan to close any of its 1,055 U.S. stores at this time.

Best Buy, which reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, declined to comment. The chain has 19 stores in metro Atlanta.

Late last month, Best Buy announced it was laying off roughly 950 full-time employees at its Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada as part of a store-restructuring initiative. The company said it will consolidate sales departments and reduce management layers in an effort to "streamline its store operating model as part of the company's long-term growth strategy in Canada."