Large scale department stores aren’t the only retailers benefiting from the black Friday rush. Small boutiques across the state are also seeing more customers although with mixed results. Many are window shopping, but some are spending money in local stores.
Georgia businesses are hoping shoppers throw them a life-line by making sure they "buy local" this holiday season.
Retailers are in a hopeful mood.
A National Retail Federation report shows overall holiday spending should increase by about 2% this year.
Encore Plastics Corp, a Sandusky, Ohio-based plastics manufacturer, says it will open a plant in Forsyth early in 2011.
Encore officials say the Monroe County plant will manufacture and distribute paint-related packaging items, along with a line of industrial pails.
This year about 50 percent of the money in Georgia’s unemployment insurance fund came from the federal government.
The state took out the loan earlier this year because it couldn’t afford to pay unemployment benefits to record numbers of Georgians.
Georgia Power goes before state regulators Monday to give a status report on the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle near Augusta.
Public Service Commissioner Bobby Baker says things are going as planned for the two new reactors scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017.
Kia Motors plans to hire another 1,000 workers at its west Georgia plant.
Kia on Thursday opened the online application process for prospective employees for its plant in West Point, which is near the Alabama state line.