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Sears announces 4 Metro Atlanta stores among those to close

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- At least four Metro Atlanta Kmart stores are among the 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores to close nationally, company officials revealed Thursday afternoon.

Sears Holdings initially announced the closings Tuesday, saying the closings were going to occur due to faltering sales during the holiday season.

In the information released Thursday, Sears Holdings announced closings for 79 locations, indicating that announcements of other closings would be forthcoming.

The company says same-store sales figures fell 5.2 percent in the eight weeks ending Christmas Day.  That came from a 4.4 percent drop in sales at Kmart stores and a 6 percent slide in sales at domestic Sears stores.

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Sweet deal: Planet Smoothie sold to Tasti D-Lite

Sweet deal: Planet Smoothie sold to Tasti D-Lite

ATLANTA -- Tasti D-Lite has purchased Planet Smoothie for an undisclosed amount.

Atlanta-based Planet Smoothie sells smoothies and all-natural snacks at more than 100 stores, mostly in Georgia and Florida.

In April, Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Planet Smoothie generated $25 million in revenue in 2010, down from $26 million in 2009. Its parent company, Petrus Brands LLC, said at the time it was not giving up on the brand and planned to expand by 10 to 15 stores in 2011.

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Franklin, Tenn.-based Tasti D-Lite is a frozen dessert chain that caters to health-conscious consumers. The chain has international locations in Mexico, United Arab Emirates and Australia.

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BJ’s Wholesale to Host Holiday Food Drive in East Point and Newnan

BJ’s Wholesale to Host Holiday Food Drive in East Point and Newnan

Atlanta - BJ’s Wholesale Club is making it easy to spread holiday spirit this holiday season by inviting the community to participate in the BJ’s Holiday Food Drive to benefit area food banks.

What:              BJ’s Wholesale Club Holiday Food Drive invites the public to donate non-perishable, non-glass food items to benefit local Feeding America food banks and help ensure those in need receive well-balanced, nutritious meals this holiday season.

 

When:              November 28 through December 12, 2011

Where:            All BJ’s Wholesale Clubs Nationwide.

Local Clubs include

331 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, GA 30265

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