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'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.

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include:

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.

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DECATUR: DeKalb County scores credit rating upgrade

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County has received positive credit ratings for two of its recent bond issues from Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC.

S&P has assigned a long-term rating of A+ to DeKalb's series 2011A water and sewer revenue bonds while giving the county's various existing water and sewer bonds an AA- long-term score.

The ratings, which are considered upper medium to high grade, followed a trip by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis to New York City during the summer to meet with representatives of S&P and Moody's Investors Service Inc. Moody's Investors Service Inc.

Both ratings agencies cited a 26 percent property tax increase approved by the DeKalb County Commission in July as evidence that county officials are serious about getting DeKalb's finances in order.

WellStreet plans 12 Metro Atlanta urgent care centers

WellStreet plans 12 Metro Atlanta urgent care centers

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta company called WellStreet Urgent Care said it plans to open 12 urgent care centers in Metro Atlanta in 2012.

The first center will open in January at 2292 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the company said.

Others are planned in Alpharetta, Austell, Chastain, Decatur, Dunwoody, Marietta, Peachtree City, Sandy Springs and Woodstock, according to the company's website.

"By the end of 2012, the company plans to become the largest provider of urgent care services in the Atlanta metroplex," WellStreet said in a statement.

WellStreet said its centers will be open extended hours, seven days a week, and be located in neighborhood retail centers. The company's chief medical officer is Dr. Lee Resnick.

For more information, visit wellstreet.com.

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