Business

Food Lion buys out BI-LO, Harveys stores

The acquired stores will remain open as BI-LO and Harveys Supermarket until April of next year.

Albany City Commission approves program to help small businesses

  Downtown Valdosta shop doing well amid pandemic

  8-year-old philanthropist making lemonade to raise money for good cause

State officials ask Georgians to buy local produce

Local businesses happy for community’s support as downtown slowly reopens

  New plan could offer financial help to small, Albany businesses

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  New Moultrie apartment complex hits the market

  Valdosta club owner preparing for future reopening

  Albany small business making changes to open to public

  Albany restaurant reopens with new rules for customers

  O’Neal’s Country Buffet takes new precautions to ensure customer safety

  Thomasville assisted living community to open in a few months

  Moultrie leaders encourage local shopping as economy reopens

As the economy reopens, Moultrie leaders are stressing the importance of shopping and dining locally.

  Tifton UGA campus receives cotton research grant

Tifton is one of several University of Georgia campuses to receive a cotton research grant.

Senator Kelly Loeffler advocating for Georgia’s farmers

Senator Kelly Loeffler is working hard for Georgia’s farmers.

  Albany business owner speaks on reopening

An Albany business owner says she’s excited to open back up.

  Thomasville supermarket implements changes for staff, customer safety

  Pretoria Fields partners with sanitizing service for hand sanitizer production expansion

WATCH: Ga. Secretary of State holds press conference on helping small businesses

  Feed the Frontlines Ga helps healthcare workers and local restaurants

Malls in the WALB viewing area reopen

WalletHub: Ga. has 2nd biggest unemployment jump due to COVID-19

  Bainbridge restaurant reopens inside seating, adhering to safety precautions

After six weeks of being closed--a restaurant in Bainbridge is on their third day of re-opening inside seating.

  Downtown Valdosta restaurant struggles with reopening

As dine-in services began Monday, some South Georgia restaurants expected a sense of normalcy with customers walking in.

  #THOCO United: Keeping the Thomasville community connected during COVID-19

An initiative started during the COVID-19 pandemic is helping businesses all over Thomas County.

  Leesburg restaurant decides dining area to remain closed during pandemic

“It is hard to love to love to cook and have nobody to feed," said Barnes.

  ’Fear is just crippling us’: Albany barbershop reopens after Kemp’s executive order

“So, it doesn’t matter if you’re are black, white or Chinese. It doesn’t matter. If you have hair, we will cut it," said Davis.

Hahira horse farm finds new ways to cope with COVID-19

This time of year is usually the heart of show season. But the virus is forcing the cancellation of shows and events all around the area, with several more still up in the air.

  Albany restaurant, JC Wings, not reopening dining services on Monday

Jeffery Coleman said despite the governor’s plans, he will remain to provide service to-go at his restaurants and operating through his food truck.

Guidelines for reopening restaurants in executive order signed by Gov. Kemp

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp tweeted Thursday night that he had officially signed the new executive order that would begin reopening certain businesses across the state.

Albany business helping those who have lost loved ones

Many lives have been lost due to COVID-19 here in Albany.

  Georgia Young Farmer summer tour canceled

The Georgia Young Farmer summer tour is an annual event that showcases the agriculture industry, but this year, it’s been canceled due to COVID-19.

  Downtown Thomasville restaurant owners not ready to fully reopen

Two restaurant owners in Thomasville say they aren't ready to re-open inside seating to the public just yet.

  Agribusiness and agricultural education impacted by pandemic

State Future Farmers of America (FFA) agriculture activities for students have been canceled because of the COVID-19 crisis.

  APD continues to recruit new hires in the wake of COVID-19

These new officers have gone through 13 weeks of training and are prepared to lead.

  Americus company shifts usual business to manufacturing supplies for hospitals

With customer sales down Micheal Rhoads said TSG Resolute found another way to keep people employed.

FAA allocates $18M for SWGA Regional Airport

This money will help with operations and capital improvements, as well as revenue and salary loss because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kemp asking Ga. manufacturers, distributors to help with supply needs

Gov. Brian Kemp is asking Georgia manufacturers and distributors to help with critical health care supply needs.

Albany Area Chamber, LSG lead regional business impact survey

The chamber wants to see how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected local and regional business operations.

Keep Southwest Georgia in Business

We have created a resource that will showcase all government deemed “essential” businesses that are currently open. We are all in this together!

Albany restaurant adjusting to new normal in wake of COVID-19

With COVID-19 forcing restaurants to close their inside dining rooms, employees at one Albany restaurant said it’s been difficult adjusting to the new normal.

Thomasville bank finds ways to help customers during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting families hard financially.

  Goodwill offering jobs for those laid off during pandemic

If you’ve been laid off from your job due to COVID-19, Goodwill’s offering a virtual job fair.

Clay, Early Co. 2019 drought loan deadline approaching

These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Alabama.

  TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Kohl’s stores closing for two weeks

TJ Maxx and HomeGoods will be closing their stores for two weeks, CEO and President Ernie Herrman announced on Thursday.

  Historic Thomasville building proposed for new restaurant and bar

Another historic building in Thomasville will be restored.

  Talk of a potential new hotel leads to a controversial debate between Albany city leaders

A new hotel may be coming to Downtown Albany. But first, the developers want $1.5 million from the city.

  32nd Annual Quail Hunt to help diversify SWGA economy

The 32nd annual Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany Wednesday was an opportunity for future businesses to invest in Southwest Georgia.

At a glance: 2020 economic outlook for Albany, State of Ga.

The Georgia Economic Development said high poverty, lower education attainment and migration out of the area is hurting Albany’s growth and development.

FTC: 10 steps to avoid fraud

The Federal Trade Commission has a list of 10 things you can do to avoid fraud.

  Reasons why now is a good time to go house shopping

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, real estate agents said now’s actually the best time to do it.

Tips to prepare financially for the new year

Prepping for the new year is important because it can help you save money, save time, and help out your community with just a couple of steps.

New boutique opens in Sylvester, city leaders optimistic about new businesses

Bee B & Co. Salon and Boutique is expanding its footprint in Sylvester.

  Employee performance not the reason behind ConAgra’s future closing of Sylvester plant

The closing would impact 175 positions, according to ConAgra leadership.

  Sylvester’s Conagra plant to shutter operations in 2020

Employees have been told about the closing.

The Price is Right to ‘come on down’ to Albany

The Price is Right is set to come on down to the Good Life City.

Holiday shipping deadlines approaching

If you're planning to send off items and have them arrive by Christmas, there are some important dates coming up.

LIST: Stores opened on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

For some, Thanksgiving is all about the food. For others, Thanksgiving is all about the shopping deals.

Burlington Coat Factory, Five Below coming to Albany

The former Gander Mountain building on N Westover Boulevard will be divided into two units to house the incoming retailers.

South Ga. citrus farm thrives in cool weather

Growing citrus is a risky business. Where a cold snap causes ruin, the cold season is needed to ripen

  Juicy Crab coming to Albany

The restaurant will be at 2524 Archwood Dr.

Cordele production line cuts back on workforce

Forty-five employees will be laid off because of “poor market conditions and lower-than-anticipated... demand,” according to company.

  Tifton leaders excited to see impact of Coca-Cola plant

With the announcement of the new Coca Cola plant coming to Tifton, people hope the new facility will help keep young people in Tifton longer.

  Come on in! Moultrie’s 2019 Sunbelt Ag Expo is underway

Organizers said they expect it’ll bring people out from all across the region.

Schedule of events for the 2019 Sunbelt Ag Expo

Over 1,200 exhibitors will display and demonstrate products and welcome thousands of visitors to the 100-acre show site.

  Valdosta under new liquor, vape store ban

The City of Valdosta is now under a temporary ban for the opening of liquor and vape stores.

Dry conditions affecting livestock’s food supply

Ranchers who haven’t seen rain in months say this drought is taking its toll, not only on the livestock and what they’d feed them now but what they need to feed them this winter.

Brad Lanier Oil Co. expanding with first full-service travel center

Brad Lanier Oil Company announced that it will be opening the very first full-service travel center.

  Monthly sewage discharge affects businesses along the Flint River

Dozens of people are asking if the Flint River is safe to be in.

Smoothie King coming to Americus

The new smoothie locale will be at 113 Prince Street.

Tyson adds 100 jobs in Mitchell Co.

Construction recently wrapped up on the 35,000 square foot expansion

Study: ASU’s economic impact more than $200M in 2018

The numbers are in for Albany State University’s economic impact on the region in 2018.

Valdosta diners take a taste of downtown

Food lovers are rolling into Valdosta as the city kicks off The Taste of Downtown.

  Kemp: Ga. top state for business sixth year in row

Gov. Brian Kemp said it was a great time to be a Georgian Tuesday as the state kept its title of the No.1 state for business.

  Albany Chamber hosts quarterly breakfast

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business and Membership Committee held their quarterly breakfast Tuesday morning for new, existing and prospective members of the Chamber.

An 'axe’cellent new business: Twisted Timber to open Saturday

Twisted Timber, an axe-throwing locale, will have its grand opening Saturday.

How to report price gouging in Ga. during COVID-19 outbreak

Officials said the Georgia Consumer Protection Division is authorized to investigate scams and price gouging.

  Phoebe creates hundreds of new jobs

The hospital system said in a release that its new budget includes funding for 207 new jobs.

Restructuring brings layoffs to Albany aircraft company

Thrush officials said it is “anticipated that as the company comes back stronger in the time ahead, that a number of those laid off today will be offered a return to their jobs.”

  Recent heat could impact dairy coming from South Ga.

With South Georgia heat indices reaching over 100, researchers said dairy farmers should be worried.