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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.

14 Publix locations to stay closed Wednesday

14 Publix locations to stay closed Wednesday

(WXIA) -- The icy conditions that slammed north and central Georgia overnight forced 14 Publix supermarkets to close their doors for the day.

Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid said the Georgia Publix stores that are open received extra supplies of milk, eggs, dry goods, meat and produce to accommodate shoppers who plan to spend the day at home.

The 14 locations that are closed Wednesday include:

Publix at Governors Towne Square
6110 Cedarcrest Road NW, Acworth

Publix at Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta

Publix at Cascade Crossing
3695 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta

Publix at East Lake
2235 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta

Publix at Piedmont
595 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta

Publix at The Plaza Midtown
950 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta

Winning Fantasy 5 ticket worth $527K sold in Decatur

Winning Fantasy 5 ticket worth $527K sold in Decatur

ATLANTA – A Fantasy 5 ticket worth more than a half-million dollars was sold in Decatur.

Flat Shoals Food Mart, located at 4845 Flat Shoals Parkway, sold a winning ticket worth $527,564 that matched all five numbers from the Jan. 8 Fantasy 5 drawing.

The winner, Billy Dorsey of Ellenwood, claimed his prize Jan. 10 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

Winning numbers from the Jan. 8 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 4-5-7-31-39.

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

Macy's to lay off 2,500 workers, close 5 stores nationally

NEW YORK -- Retailer Macy's will lay off approximately 2,500 workers as it restructures its business, it said Wednesday afternoon.

The layoffs and other cost-saving changes are expected to to generate savings of about $100 million beginning this year, the company said in a press release.

"We have identified some specific areas where we can improve our efficiency without compromising our effectiveness in serving the evolving needs of our customers," said CEO Terry Lundgren in that press release.

The retailer will close five Macy's stores in early spring 2014. The stores that will close are in Fiesta Mall, Mesa, Ariz.; Metcalf South Shopping Center, Overland Park, Kansas; Jamestown Mall, Florissant, Mo., Medley Centre, Irondequoit, N.Y.; and Fashion Place Mall, Murray, Utah.

It will also combine its Midwest Region with its North Region to create a new North Central Region.

Macy's has eight stores in metro Atlanta.

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

(WXIA) -- Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut delivered its first-ever pizza to be ordered over the Internet.

Now, the pizza chain is celebrating this milestone by offering a half-off online deal for customers.

Medium and large Pizza Hut pizzas will be 50 percent off when ordered online now through Jan. 10.

Pizza Hut has also launched Hut Lovers, a loyalty program that provides members with exclusive deals.

A large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese Pizza Hut pizza was the first physical good ever purchased online, according to Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Carrie Walsh.

"We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the Internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza," Walsh said in a statement. "We're doing so by giving back to our customers who have helped us lead the way with digital innovations over the last 20 years."

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Father has streak of luck with $400K lottery win

Father has streak of luck with $400K lottery win

ATLANTA – Taking an alternate morning route led to a lucky win for a Conyers father of three. Michael Griffiths, whose oldest son is a Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship recipient, won a $400,000 top prize playing the new Georgia Lottery instant game Lucky Streak.

While on his way to work Tuesday, Griffiths decided to take a different route to avoid Interstate 285 traffic congestion.

He decided to stop at QuikTrip at 1910 Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur, where he purchased the ticket while getting gas.

“I saw the matching No. 16, and I said, ‘This has too many zeros,’ ” recalled Griffiths, 50. “I asked about it, and the clerk said, ‘Congratulations!’”

A sales representative, Griffiths and his wife, Charmain, have two school-aged children and a son who currently is attending the University of West Georgia.

“That’s why I play because the Georgia Lottery supports HOPE,” he shared.

Griffiths intends to pay off bills with his winnings.