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Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Man spots $30K in Marietta; plans to help children

Man spots $30K in Marietta; plans to help children

>ATLANTA – Lady Luck has struck a Cobb County man, who is taking off with an instant Georgia Lottery prize worth thousands. Murray Chalmers, who lives in Kennesaw, won a $30,000 top prize playing the instant game Lady Luck.

Chalmers, who has three adult children and three grandchildren, intends to use his windfall to help them financially.

“I was shocked. I said, ‘Am I dreaming this,’” he recalled.

The lucky winner scratched the ticket in his car after purchasing it at Minit Saver, 3807 Due West Road N.W. in Marietta.

As the owner of a staffing agency, Chalmers recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

“It’s a good birthday present,” he said of his windfall.

Chalmers lives in Kennesaw with his wife, Suzanne.

Oprah Chai Tea arrives at local Teavana stores

Oprah Chai Tea arrives at local Teavana stores

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta Teavana locations are now selling Oprah Winfrey's special blend of tea.

The media icon teamed up with Starbucks to create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, a blend of loose-leaf black tea and rooibos with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves.

Employees of the Teavana stores at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead and North Point Mall in Alpharetta celebrated the arrival of Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Tuesday. It is available in loose-leaf format at Teavana stores and as a handcrafted latte at Starbucks locations.

9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.

Girl Scout Cookies for sale at Simon Malls

Girl Scout Cookies for sale at Simon Malls

(WXIA) -- Five Atlanta-area Simon Malls will soon allow shoppers to get a Girl Scout Cookie fix.

From Wedneday, Feb. 19 to Tuesday, Mar. 11, local Girl Scout troops will sell boxes of their famous cookies for $3.50 each at the participating malls.

"We are excited to work with local Girl Scouts again this year to provide convenient and highly trafficked areas for their sales," Carol Cox, director of marketing and business development at the Mall of Georgia, said in a release.

The scouts will sell their cookies Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Participating Simon Malls include:

Lenox Square, Atlanta
Cookies will be sold on the upper level near Pottery Barn Kids

Mall of Georgia, Buford
Cookies will be sold on the upper level between H&M and the Regal box office

Jos. A. Bank buying Eddie Bauer in $850M deal

Jos. A. Bank buying Eddie Bauer in $850M deal

HAMPSTEAD, Md. -- Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. is buying the parent company of Eddie Bauer in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $850 million.

The men's clothing company, which itself is being pursued by Men's Wearhouse Inc., made the deal with Everest Topco LLC to buy Everest Holdings LLC, Eddie Bauer's parent company.

Jos. A. Bank said Friday that the transaction includes $564 million in cash and about 4.7 million new shares of Jos. A. Bank stock issued to Everest Topco at $56 per share.

Everest Topco may also earn up to an additional $50 million in cash based on Eddie Bauer's adjusted earnings for fiscal 2014.

Jos. A. Bank may end the deal if it receives an acquisition offer for its company that it feels is superior.

Whole Foods to open in Kennesaw

Whole Foods to open in Kennesaw

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Whole Foods Market will open a new 45,000-square-foot store at the corner of Barrett and Cobb parkways, the company said.

The store is slated to open in 2016. Whole Foods now has eight locations in metro Atlanta and one in Savannah. A tenth store will open in Augusta later this year.

The store will go in a new mixed-use project being developed by Atlanta's Fuqua Development LLC. Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Feb. 3 that Fuqua was in discussions with Walmart, Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger and Sprouts Farmers Market.

"We're always looking for new locations around the Atlanta metro area," said Jeremiah Ryan, Whole Foods Market South region executive coordinator of operations, in a statement.

The new Kennesaw store is part of Whole Foods' continued national expansion. The company says it recently signed 21 new leases totaling approximately 920,000 square feet, increasing its development pipeline to a record 107 stores.