A restaurant analyst estimates there are 280 fast food chicken restaurants in the Atlanta area. If the market is saturated here, no one seems to notice. Bojangle’s, for example, plans to open several new locations this year.
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Fast-food chain Bojangle's has its eye on Atlanta with plans to open several more locations in the area this year.
That brings its total number of Atlanta locations to at least 45, or about one-third the number of local Chick-fil-A restaurants here. Add in Popeye’s with 10, Church’s Chicken with 32, and KFC with nearly 60, and it’s clear Atlanta has a lot of chicken choices.
"In order to make it, you've got to make it in Atlanta,” says restaurant analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group.
This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper."
In full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, Burger King said it's calling for a truce with McDonald's so that they can create a mashup of their most famous burgers — the Big Mac and the Whopper. Burger King says it wants to serve the concoction for a single day at a popup location in Atlanta, a midway point between the headquarters of the two chains.
The Atlanta Preservation Center's Boyd Coons says ''change is inevitable, but figuring out how to make it beneficial is what makes progress.'' Coons talked about changes underway in city neighborhoods and more.
Atlanta’s booming redevelopment sector is creating an economic boon for some, while pricing others right out of their homes because of the rising costs of rent in some areas of the metro area.
Smith's Olde Bar, an iconic music venue in Atlanta, for example, is at risk of losing its space because the property is reportedly scheduled for auction this week. Another proposed development, the Morningside Strip Center, may be in jeopardy because the rents could be too costly and unaffordable for local businesses.
U.S. markets plunged at the open Monday following a big drop in Chinese stocks.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 1,000 points in early trading.
The Dow was 783 points, or 4.8 percent, lower as of 9:40 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 87 points, or 4.5 percent, to 1,882. The Nasdaq composite fell 247 points, or 5.1 percent, to 4,465 points.
China's main index has lost up to 8.6 percent as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector.
When it comes to the environment, it's not often for Atlanta to have bragging rights.
But when it comes to the Better Buildings Challenge -- a national program to promote energy efficiency -- Atlanta ranks No. 1.
Atlanta has outpaced all its other competitors when it comes to cities that have pledged to reduce energy consumption by 2020. Atlanta has more property square footage signed up in the program than any other city.
First, Coca-Cola Enterprises announced a merger that will lead to Atlanta having one less Fortune 500 company but would make the company the largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola's products.
Then the Coca-Cola company announced a new president and COO, a position that has not existed since 2007. James Quincey clearly is being positioned as the possible successor to Muhtar Kent after he retires.
Coca-Cola says it named company veteran James Quincey as president and chief operating officer, creating a new No. 2 position in its chain of command.
The Atlanta-based company says Quincey's appointment is effective immediately and that he will report directly to CEO Muhtar Kent.
That means Coca-Cola's operating groups will now report to Quincey, rather than Kent. The company also says the president of Coca-Cola International, Ahmet Bozer, will retire in March. His position will not be refilled.
Bozer, 55, joined the company in 1990 as a financial control manager.
Georgia's apple season is approaching. Many orchards in the state, like the Ellijay-based Hillcrest Orchards, are in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains – the best place to grow apples in the state.
It’s the beginning of apple season in Georgia. The northern part of the state around the cities of Ellijay and Blue Ridge is the center of the state’s apple industry, where the climate is just right for growing the fruit.
Last year growers, including Georgia, reported a bumper crop of apples – one of the biggest apple hauls in 25 years. This year Georgia growers, like Janice Hale of Hillcrest Orchards, don’t expect the same volume.
“It’s not nearly as big as last year,” Hale said. “Last year was phenomenal. This year we’ve had a few challenges.”
President Barack Obama unveiled a new proposal in June that would ensure that millions more Americans would earn overtime wages for working more than 40 hours a week. The measure would raise the threshold for paying salaried workers overtime to those who make $50,440 or less a year.
Fiat Chrysler's 2014 and 2015 model Jeep Grand Cherokees are on the list of vehicles under a voluntary recall order because of the risk of a security breach from hackers who could take control of the vehicle.
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Fast food worker Qiana Shields chants during a demonstration outside of a Burger King restaurant in College Park, Georgia, calling for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour. Recently, many leaders of several advocacy groups joined together to discuss the issue on women of color working minimum wage jobs and the need to raise the pay.
The city of Atlanta has imposed the maximum fine against a developer who cut down five large trees, each estimated to be about 150 years old.
Commissioner of Planning and Community Development Tim Keane told WXIA-TV on Wednesday that Intown Renewal Developers must pay $11,400.13 for cutting down two white oaks and three poplars in the Ormewood Park community of southeast Atlanta.
Keane says the developers accepted full responsibility for cutting down the trees without permits.
President Obama hosted a so-called Demo Day at the White House this week where he renewed his commitment to those underrepresented in entrepreneurship, like women and people of color.
In Atlanta, many young entrepreneurs are involved with tech start-ups and are working on owning their own businesses.
Atlanta teenagers Jordan Williams and Brandon Iverson are part of that group of emerging business owners. At the tender age of 10, the pair started their first company and now, at 17, they have a new brand called Young Moguls.
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Dennis Lockhart, left, calls Atlanta a mirror of the national economy. He says the city's growth is ''not spectacular,'' but it is ''solid.''
Atlanta has been making slow but steady progress in recovering from the Great Recession. But when it comes to jobs and economic growth, it’s often hard – even for the experts – to predict whether those sectors will pick up momentum and when.
But, according to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Dennis Lockhart, the city is faring well.
“We have a rather balanced economy in Atlanta, no particular industry on which the city is dependent,” Lockhart said during an interview on “A Closer Look.”
President Obama unveiled a sweeping and unprecedented plan to significantly cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants over the next 15 years.
The plan requires a 32 percent reduction below 2005 levels of carbon emission by 2022.
The president compared the emissions reduction to taking 166 million cars off the road. He also said the new Environmental Protection Agency rules will create jobs, reduce energy bills for homes and businesses, protect public health and push the development of sustainable energy sources.
A record-breaking amount of cargo moved through the Port of Savannah last year. The port, the nation’s fourth busiest, handled 3.6 million shipping containers in 2014, according to the Georgia Ports Authority. And traffic is expected to increase even more with the expansion of the Savannah Harbor.
The dredging of the Savannah River is an important step in the expansion project and is now scheduled to begin in September, months ahead of schedule, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced.
The Greek flag, right, stands next to the European Union flag with the iconic Parthenon visible in the background. Greece is struggling to address its soaring debt problems as its future in the European Union remains uncertain.
The Greek government is swimming in debt and can’t pay its creditors. European finance officials are trying to work out a $95 billion bailout, the third, for the financially strapped nation.
Talks on the bailout among the Greek government, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund have been fractured and contentious in recent weeks.
It’s a complicated situation, but Atlanta resident and Greek-American Rom Papadopoulos said during an interview on “A Closer Look,” that he has faith that Greece will be able to overcome the economic chaos.
A water boil advisory that was in effect for three days in DeKalb County hurt some local businesses.
The county issued the advisory because crews had to drop the water pressure three times within 36 hours to repair a transmission line that broke late Thursday. It all started last week when a fire hydrant was struck by a crew that was mowing the grass along the road near the transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry's plans for a sprawling movie studio at Fort McPherson may include an amphitheater and a museum, according to documents obtained by an Atlanta newspaper.
A map provided to the U.S. Army shows the amphitheater and museum, but gives little other information, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Perry, who acquired most of the closed Army post in June, has said the studio will feature tours but has been otherwise silent on any public aspects of the project.
WellStar Health System says it’s in discussions with Tenet Healthcare to buy Tenet's five hospitals in Georgia.
Tenet, a for-profit company that operates 81 hospitals nationwide, has been considering selling its facilities in Georgia, according to an earnings call with analysts earlier this year.
Hospitals have been looking to scale their operations as part of a bigger trend in the industry, but the lack of Medicaid expansion in Georgia could also be another factor for Tenet's sale, said Chris Kane, principal at DHG Healthcare.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF, Gold Cup semifinals begin today in downtown Atlanta with a sold-out first match between the U.S. and Jamaica in the Georgia Dome.
CONCACAF is the organization that oversees soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. It's affiliated with FIFA, the sport's international governing body.
FIFA has been embroiled in controversy in recent months over recent corruption charges among top leaders at the organization and allegations of human rights abuses in Qatar.
Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch.
But Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" is still a million seller.
HarperCollins announced Monday that "Go Set a Watchman" has already sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of pre-orders. The publisher stunned the world in February when it revealed that a second novel was coming from Lee, who had long insisted that "To Kill a Mockingbird" would be her only book.
Federal authorities are testing a mobile device used to scan fingerprints from a sample of foreign air travelers as they depart from the United States through Atlanta's airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jennifer Evanitsky said Tuesday that officers began using the devices last week to scan fingerprints and passports of some foreign passengers on selected flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Atlanta’s airport has received a bond ratings upgrade from Fitch Ratings.
This week, the agency boosted two of the airport’s bonds from an A to an A+.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Chief Financial Officer and Deputy General Manager, Roosevelt Council, says upping those bond ratings, which represent the corporation's bond credit quality, will save the airport millions of dollars in borrowing costs. He says that the cost savings will help Hartsfield-Jackson pay for current and future projects.