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Bojangles' adding 7 metro Atlanta restaurants

Bojangles' adding 7 metro Atlanta restaurants

ATLANTA -- A chain of chicken restaurants is finding Georgia, and especially metro Atlanta, to be one of its best markets.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'N Biscuits expects to add nine new restaurants, including seven in metro Atlanta, by the end of 2012. Locations include Canton, Cartersville, Cornelia, Jefferson, Lithia Springs, Tifton, Toccoa, Villa Rica, and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Most are franchises, but at least two of the new stores will be company-owned, according to Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. executive vice president Eric Newman.

The chain plans an additional seven stores in 2013.

"The growth has picked up in Atlanta more than any other," Newman said. "It's our No. 1 growth market right now."

Restaurants typically are 3,800 square feet and employ about 15 people, Newman said. Each location requires an investment of about $1.7 million.

Delta subsidiary buying Pa. oil refinery

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines subsidiary Monroe Energy LLC will buy an oil refinery in Pennsylvania from Phillips 66 for $150 million in an attempt to save money on rising fuel costs.

Atlanta-based Delta will spend another $100 million to convert the existing refinery infrastructure to maximize jet fuel production. Monroe got a $30 million job creation and infrastructure improvement incentive package from Pennsylvania, Delta noted. The deal should close in the first half of 2012.

The acquisition includes the Trainer refinery complex south of Philadelphia, which produces more than 185,000 barrels a day, plus pipelines and transportation assets that reach Delta's operations throughout the Northeast, where it hubs at LaGuardia and JFK.

Monroe will come to strategic sourcing and marketing agreements with BP and Phillips 66, Delta said.

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Hartsfield-Jackson hosts concessions job fair April 2-4

Hartsfield-Jackson hosts concessions job fair April 2-4

 

ATLANTA --  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and concessions companies operating at the Airport are holding a job fair to hire for positions at the Airport’s food and beverage and retail shops.

Many of the positions will be for the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which opens May 16.

Concessions at the international terminal will include Brookstone, CNN International News, Kiehl’s, Simply Books/French Meadow Bakery & Café, Sunglass Icon, Sweet Auburn Market Café , The Original El Taco, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, The Pecan and duty-free.

WHO:   Hartsfield-Jackson, Department of Aviation

WHAT:                 Concessions job fair

WHEN:                 April 2, 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HAPEVILLE | Kale artist to challenge Chick-fil-A trademark ruling

HAPEVILLE | Kale artist to challenge Chick-fil-A trademark ruling

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A Vermont man who prints T-shirt urging people to "Eat More Kale" has six months to challenge a trademark ruling against him.

Hapeville-based Chick-fil-A says folk artist Bo Muller-Moore's T-shirt infringes on its trademarked "Eat Mor Chikin" slogan.

Chick-fil-A reportedly filed a letter of protest Tuesday with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The office then issued a preliminary decision saying there's a likelihood that people would confuse the sources of the two phrases, thinking they come from the same place.

Muller-Moore's attorney says there's nothing in the decision that makes him rethink his client's own application for a trademark.

Muller-Moore has been making and selling the "Eat More Kale" T-shirts and other items for more than a decade.

New international terminal to open May 16

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The new international terminal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is slated to open May 16.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed made the announcement at a Tuesday morning news conference.

"The opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is a major milestone for Hartsfield-Jackson airport and the City of Atlanta," Reed said. "The international terminal will strengthen Atlanta's position as the capital of the southeast and a vital global gateway for the United States. Our city has long been a preferred destination for international business and tourism, and I look forward to May 16 when we greet travelers from around the world in this new, state-of-the-art terminal."

PHOTOS | The new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal under construction

Hartsfield-Jackson to host concessions job fairs

Hartsfield-Jackson to host concessions job fairs

 

ATLANTA - (submitted by Atlanta Airport PR)  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and concessions companies operating at the Airport are holding two job fairs to hire for positions at the Airport’s food and beverage and retail shops.

WHO:     Hartsfield-Jackson, Department of Aviation


WHAT:   Two job fairs, one for those currently employed and one for candidates interested in retail and food and beverage positions


WHEN:                                                                  Internal job fair (for current employees at Airport concessions)