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Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Shoney's offering strawberry pie special for July 4

Shoney's offering strawberry pie special for July 4

(WXIA) -- Shoney's will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with specials on its popular Whole Strawberry Pies To-Go.

The restaurant chain serves more than a million slices of strawberry pie every year, according to Shoney's chairman and CEO David Davoudpour.

"We have been America's dinner table for a long time, and we want our famous dessert to be a part of your event as we all celebrate America's independence anniversary," Davoudpour said in a statement.

The Strawberry Pie To-Go special is available at participating restaurants from July 4-7.

Shoney's has locations in Buford, Calhoun, Cartersville, Lithia Springs and Newnan. Visit shoneys.com for more information.

Goodwill to open new store in Newnan

Goodwill to open new store in Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers will open its newest retail store in Coweta County this month.

The new store is located at 3121 Highway 34 East in Newnan.

An opening celebration will be held Thursday, June 20 at noon. The first 200 people in line at the new store will receive special gifts. One lucky winner will also get a tablet.

"Newnan has been really great to us. The community has shown outstanding enthusiasm and support for what we do here at Goodwill," Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers president and CEO Jane Nichols said in a statement. "Because of this, we are not only expanding our retail store offerings, but we are bringing our mission to develop people, change lives and help build this community."

Newnan's new Goodwill store will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

ATLANTA -- RaceTrac is hiring more than 100 temporary employees for the holidays.

The Cobb County-based chain of gas stations will hire two extra people at 66 Georgia locations to help promote Free Coffee Week.

Employees will hold signs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Dec. 17-21. Sign holders must be at least 18 years old and clean cut.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the positions is asked to reach out to Jason Brown at 404-604-2612 or jbrown@hopebeckham.com. Public relations firm Hope Beckham will also hold a RaceTrac job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at its office at 17 Executive Park Drive in North Druid Hills.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

Anna's Linens to open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Anna's Linens to open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- Anna's Linens has joined a growing list of stores that plan to open on Thanksgiving night to give ambitious Black Friday shoppers a head start.

Nearly all Anna's stores will open at 10 p.m. Nov. 22 with doorbuster deals.

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"This move allows us to attract a greater number of shoppers, but also gives Black Friday customers the convenience to shop our stores while hitting the nearby big-box retailers a few hours later," Anna's CEO Alan Gladstone said in a statement.

"We intended to follow suit and open at midnight, but decided opening earlier was a better move to create a more opportune Black Friday shopping experience," Gladstone added.

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

Belk donates $100K to Sandy relief

ATLANTA -- Belk Inc., operator of Belk department stores, has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who suffered and continue to struggle as a result of this devastating storm," Belk Inc. chairman and CEO Tim Belk said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster relief efforts, providing much-needed resources and support to those who lives have been impacted by the storm."

Belk's contribution will support efforts both in New York and throughout the company's footprint.

There are several Belk locations throughout metro Atlanta. Visit belk.com to find your closest store.