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Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

The Fresh Market to open in DeKalb

The Fresh Market to open in DeKalb

ATLANTA -- The Fresh Market will open its next metro Atlanta grocery store in DeKalb County next year.

The new store will be located at the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff roads. It is expected to open in the summer of 2015.

Other Atlanta-area Fresh Market locations include Alpharetta, Athens, Buckhead, Chastain Park, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Peachtree City and Suwanee. Learn more at thefreshmarket.com.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Whole Foods looking for local charity to receive donation

Whole Foods looking for local charity to receive donation

(WXIA) -- Four times a year, Whole Foods Market holds 5% Day, where five percent of a day's net sales is given to a local nonprofit.

The Atlanta-area Whole Foods and Harry's Farmers Market locations are looking for a deserving local charity to receive the proceeds from the next 5% Day, which will be Tuesday, Apr. 8.

Nonprofits interested in applying can visit wholefoodsmarket.com for more information. The application deadline is Monday, Mar. 10 at 5 p.m. Organizations that are not chosen will be kept on a list for future consideration.

Whole Foods has locations in Buckhead, Duluth, East Cobb, Midtown Atlanta, North Druid Hills and Sandy Springs. Harry's Farmers Market has two stores -- Alpharetta and Marietta. All eight locations will participate in 5% Day.

Jos. A. Bank buying Eddie Bauer in $850M deal

Jos. A. Bank buying Eddie Bauer in $850M deal

HAMPSTEAD, Md. -- Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. is buying the parent company of Eddie Bauer in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $850 million.

The men's clothing company, which itself is being pursued by Men's Wearhouse Inc., made the deal with Everest Topco LLC to buy Everest Holdings LLC, Eddie Bauer's parent company.

Jos. A. Bank said Friday that the transaction includes $564 million in cash and about 4.7 million new shares of Jos. A. Bank stock issued to Everest Topco at $56 per share.

Everest Topco may also earn up to an additional $50 million in cash based on Eddie Bauer's adjusted earnings for fiscal 2014.

Jos. A. Bank may end the deal if it receives an acquisition offer for its company that it feels is superior.

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

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%