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WOODSTOCK: Huge new outlet mall in the works

WOODSTOCK -- Outlet shoppers rejoice!

Horizon Group Properties Inc., out of Rosemont, Ill., has filed plans with the state Department of Community Affairs for a 435,000 square foot shopping center for factory outlet stores in Woodstock.

The development, called The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, will be located at 728 Woodstock Parkway in Woodstock, and would include six outparcels, according to filings with the state.

The project is expected to be complete by May 2013.


Authors, Businesswomen to Speak at Woodstock Bookstore

Authors, Businesswomen to Speak at Woodstock Bookstore

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Angela K. Durden, Marla Brown, Eleanor Morgan and Peggy M. Parks are four women who made the risky decision to go into business for themselves.

On Monday, Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m., they will visit FoxTale Book Shoppe (105 East Main Street, Woodstock, 30188) to tell why and how they made the leap, and share practical advice every person should consider before starting a business.

The women's stories and words of wisdom are as unique as they are, outlining the initial struggles and challenges that led them to become the successful business leaders they are today.

BJ's Wholesale Club Closing 3 Metro Atlanta Stores

BJ's Wholesale Club Closing 3 Metro Atlanta Stores

ATLANTA -- BJ's Wholesale Club plans to close five underperforming stores, including three in Atlanta, by the end of the month in a move meant to cut costs and enhance shareholder value, the company said Wednesday.

Set to close in metro Atlanta are stores in Norcross, Powder Springs and McDonough. Staying open are stores in Woodstock, Newnan, Conyers, East Point and Cumming.

Natick, Mass.-based BJ's Wholesale Club, which reportedly is being eyed for a hostile takeover bid, also announced plans to restructure its home office and make several management changes.

About 380 people will lose their jobs at the closed BJ's stores.

In addition to the three Atlanta stores, BJ's is closing stores in Sunrise, Fla. and in Charlotte, N.C.

Ga. Call Center Company to Hire 1,400 Workers

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- One of the state's largest call center operators is hiring 1,400 seasonal and full-time workers in suburban Atlanta.

Ryla announced the jobs Monday, promising an average salary of $10 per hour at its Kennesaw headquarters. Most of the jobs - about 1,000 - will last just three months.

Company spokeswoman Karen Clay says the workers will help one of Ryla's clients enroll employees in a new health-care plan and will do federal government work for a third-party contractor. New workers could start as early as Nov. 2.

Ryla provides customer service, tech support, data collection, surveys and other back-office work for Fortune 500 companies, state governments and the federal government. The Georgia-based company was bought out earlier this year by California's Alorica Inc.

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Volunteer Financial Planners to Visit Metro Atlanta Schools

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Financial Planning Association of Georgia is pleased to announce that members will be volunteering in various schools across the region in honor of National Financial Planning Week, which will take place Oct. 4 through Oct.

WellStar Ranks in Top 10 of 100 Best Companies

MARIETTA, GA -- The Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has selected WellStar Health System as one of the nation's top 10 organizations for 2010.

"WellStar is committed to world-class healthcare while being an exceptional workplace," said David Anderson, executive vice-president of human resources and organizational learning/chief compliance officer for WellStar Health System. "Through competitive salaries, outstanding benefits, innovative work/life programs and our concierge service, we are nationally recognized as an employer of choice. Given that 83% of our workforce is female, we are honored to be a Working Mother top 10 company."

The 100 Best Companies' family programs adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives.

No Rezoning Requests, But Cherokee County Economy Showing Signs of Recovery

CANTON, GA - Just a few years ago, many were complaining that development was out of hand in Cherokee County.

So out of hand, that several slow growth candidates took over the county commission.

Current Chairman Buzz Ahrens was one of them.

"We had some 25,000 to 30,000 homes already permitted and ready to be occupied basically, 3 & ½ years ago," Ahrens told 11 Alive News on Thursday.

Then the bubble burst and the booming economy wilted.

Many of those homes remain unbuilt or unsold.

Many new retail spaces remain empty or vacated.

Right now no one is even asking for any rezoning permits in Cherokee County and yet, there is a bright sign in the county's development department.

Building permits are on the rise again.

"I think that's really good news," says Commission Chairman Ahrens.