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UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wild Heaven debuts 'Let There Be Light' beer

ATLANTA -- Wild Heaven Craft Beers will soon compete in the local light beer arena with its fourth beer hitting certain Taco Macs this week.

The Decatur, Ga.-based craft brewer's take on light beer is called "Let There Be Light," and has 4.7 percent alcohol by volume. Wild Heaven said its new beer has a complexity most light beers don't have thanks to two rare hops -- Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace -- plus orange peel.

Let There Be Light debuts as the featured February "Beer of The Month" at several Georgia Taco Mac locations: Atlanta Metropolis (Peachtree Street), Virginia-Highland, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Cumming, Perimeter, Buford, Kennesaw, Newnan, Roswell (Crabapple) and Marietta (Dallas Highway).

12 Metro Atlanta Food Lion stores closing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Belgium-based Food Lion parent company Delhaize Group announced Thursday that it will close 113 Food Lion stores in the U.S., including 12 stores in Metro Atlanta.

The Metro Atlanta stores closing are in Carrollton, College Park, Conyers, Dallas, Douglasville, Fayetteville, Gainesville, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Marietta, and two stores in Newnan.

The company said the closures were part of an overall streamlining of the company's operations, focusing on the closing of underperforming locations. The stores were expected to close within the next 30 days.

Relationship Expert and Bestselling Author debuts Radio Show in Metro Atlanta

Relationship Expert and Bestselling Author debuts Radio Show in Metro Atlanta

In a world where casual hook ups, quickie divorces and open relationships are wreaking havoc on marriages, bestselling author, minister and radio show host, Kenny Pugh and The Chat Kafe Show, is a breath of fresh air and hope for those seeking advice and counsel on how to create relationships and marriages that will stand the test of time.

'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.

The Money Tree files for Chapter 11

The Money Tree files for Chapter 11

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. -- The Money Tree Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing difficulties branching from customers who didn't repay loans.

The Bainbridge, Ga.-based consumer lender said Dec. 19 it filed for bankruptcy at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama, where its accountants are located.

The Money Tree makes small consumer loans as well as loans for cars under the brand name Best Buy Autos. That arm is not part of the bankruptcy filing and will continue operating as normal.

The company intends to stay in business while it goes through reorganization plans -- it will cut the number of branches from 92 to 46.

"We have done everything possible to try and protect the integrity of our investors and the company," president Bradley Bellville said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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.