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New retailers coming to The Shoppes at EastChase

Sephora, Aldi, Buffalo’s Cafe and Trek will join The Shoppes at EastChase this year.

  Mother, daughters create tiny resort business in Lee County

  New pedal boat cruise opens in Montgomery

  New stores, Publix opening date announced for Pike Road development

Leading Pepsi bottler operating in 3 states names new CEO

Dunkin’ to open 2nd restaurant in Montgomery

  Startup aviation company coming to Craig Field near Selma

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  River Region merchants face challenges in finding enough help

IGNITE! encourages minority businesses to participate in statewide count

Consumer claims processing underway in statewide Terminix settlement

  Dreamland to reopen months after downtown closure; 2nd location planned

  Historic St. James Hotel in Selma reopens

  Alabama jobless rate down to 3.9%, lowest point of pandemic

  ‘Ready, Set, Pitch’ offers entrepreneurs opportunity to pitch their businesses

A competition, geared toward black-owned businesses, is hoping to give entrepreneurs a boost.

Montgomery launches no-contact system for business license renewals

The city of Montgomery has launched a no-contact process for 2021 business license renewals.

Montgomery cafe temporarily closes due to COVID-19

Vintage Cafe in Montgomery announced Wednesday it was closing temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

  International Paper reporting racist letter to FBI for investigation

International Paper leaders in Memphis, Tenn., say they are reporting the situation involving a racist note to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Montgomery Starbucks location temporarily closes

  Montgomery’s latest revenue report shows people are still shopping despite COVID-19

  BCA launches ‘Keep Alabama Open’ initiative, petition

  Restaurants to raise money for Friendship Mission during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

  Gunmaker Kimber to move corporate office to Troy

  ASU cheerleader creates traveling business for cheer training

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 6.6% as pandemic woes continue

Alabama’s monthly unemployment rate jumped to 6.6% in September as the coronavirus pandemic kept up its continuing damage to the state’s economy, the government reported Friday.

Alabama Power customers to see bill credit this month

Alabama Power customers will receive a bill credit this month.

  Crenshaw Community Hospital looks to voters for financial boost

Crenshaw Community Hospital leaders hope a new campaign will lead to a “yes” vote by the people of Crenshaw County on Nov. 3.

  Top U.S. agriculture leader tours Hurricane Sally damage in Alabama

Some Alabama farmers in South Alabama are trying to build back after the storm devastated pecan orchards, some peanut, soybean and cotton fields.

  HGTV’s ‘Home Town Takeover’ already making impact in Wetumpka

HGTV is bringing its new “Home Town Takeover" production Wetumpka, and it’s already having an impact on the town.

Montgomery restaurants and bars prepare for gameday

Many local bars and restaurants say they are looking forward to the return of SEC football.

  Alabama farms take beating from Hurricane Sally, farmers predict major crop losses

Strong winds and heavy rainfall devastated crops, leaving many farmers across the state without hopes for a successful harvest.

  Manufacturing company opening first US facility in Montgomery

Mountain Top Industries now has a facility in Montgomery.

  Utility pole maker moving to Dadeville

More than 50 jobs are on the way to Dadeville and Tallapoosa County.

Alabama gives updates on 2 unemployment benefit programs

The Alabama Department of Labor announced two updates Monday related to unemployment benefit programs.

Alabama giving $300M in CARES Act funds to unemployment

Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Alabama is giving $300 million in CARES Act funds to the state’s unemployment trust fund.

  Turning passion into profit: 3 young women start Eufaula businesses

Three young women have opened up new businesses in Eufaula amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Hyundai’s Montgomery plant running at full capacity

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery is running all shifts at full capacity, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.

  AL Banker’s Association says state is experiencing coin re-circulation issue, no coin shortage

Coin circulation is something consumers rarely thought about prior to COVID-19.

  Dollar General opens new distribution center in Montgomery

Dollar General announced the official grand opening of its newest distribution center Wednesday.

  First-ever countywide chamber of commerce opens in Hayneville

Lowndes County Area Chamber Of Commerce leaders hope this will be the beginning of something special for Lowndes County.

  County Road 12: JJ’s BBQ in Elba named ‘Best Pulled Pork in the State'

When it comes to barbecue in Alabama, everyone seems to have a favorite.

Waitr looking to hire 200 drivers in Montgomery

If you are looking for a job in the Montgomery area, Waitr announced it is looking to hire 200 new contract drivers.

  Diapers, clothing among items included in Alabama’s sales tax holiday

Alabama’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday.

  Wetumpka full of excitement after HGTV announcement

Excitement abounds as Wetumpka gets prepared to welcome HGTV after last week’s announcement that Wetumpka had been selected for the 2021 series premier of “Home Town Takeover.”

  Local business owners agree amended Safer at Home order should be extended

Some business owners said they believe Ivey made the right decision in choosing to extend the order.

  Pandemic doesn’t stop Georgiana from landing two new businesses

Georgiana is about to get a healthy economic boost this summer and what a great time for that to happen against the backdrop of a punishing pandemic.

  Memorial Day expected to bring large crowds to Alabama beaches

Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are policing the shoreline and encouraging beachgoers to be responsible.

  Auburn businesses ready for football season

Auburn businesses hoping football season brings more money.

Dillard’s at EastChase to reopen Tuesday

The Dillard’s department store at The Shoppes at EastChase in Montgomery will reopen Tuesday.

  More retail stores reopening in Montgomery for shoppers

Retailers are slowly reopening after being forced to shut down for nearly a month due to the coronavirus.

  Businesses react to the updated Safer at Home Order

After over a month of having to close their doors and adjusting to a new way of doing business during the pandemic, many of them are ready to get back in the swing of things.

  City projected to lose $23-$28 million by end of year due to pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has had a large impact on local economy and, in turn, a large impact on the revenue collected in the city of Montgomery.

UAB announces furloughs, salary reduction as school and hospital continue to lose money

The university is announcing limited furloughs of staff who are unable to work effectively off-campus in the current distance learning and remote work model, and UAB Medicine is announcing salary reductions for clinical faculty and staff.

  The Shoppes at EastChase empty after many stores choose not to reopen

When eager shoppers arrived to The Shoppes at EastChase Saturday, they found most stores chose not to reopen.

Blue Bell pleads guilty, agrees to pay $19.35 million for ice cream listeria contamination

Blue Bell will be paying $19.35 million in fines and their former president, Paul Kruse, has been charged with seven felony counts alleging that he attempted to cover up what the company knew about a listeria outbreak in 2015.

As retail stores open, Ala. Dept. of Labor tallies $424M in unemployment benefits

As Alabama enters its safer-at-home order and retail stores reopen, unemployment claims continue to pour into the Department of Labor. Since March 16, $424 million in COVID-19-related benefits have been processed.

  Alabama beaches to reopen Thursday with restrictions

Alabama beaches will soon reopen to visitors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday.

Letter to Gov. Ivey urges ‘flexible approach’ to reopening of state

Mayors of towns in Autauga and Elmore counties have banded together to write joint letter to the governor.

Goodyear closing Alabama plant that employs more than 400

Goodyear is permanently closing a nearly century-old tire plant that employs more than 400 people in Alabama.

$891 billion is on hold, but Alabama’s economy will stand again

The three delays put more than $891 billion in investments on hold.To ensure these delays are just delays and not divorce, Alabama’s political, economic and corporate leaders must pivot their focus.

  Mayor Reed says city’s economy not ready to reopen

Reed made it clear that the city of Montgomery is not ready to reopen at this time.

  Hiring processes slowed due to COVID-19

Job seekers meeting difficulty finding employment due to COVID-19.

  'We’re open’: WSFA 12 News launches website to support local businesses

WSFA 12 News has launched a website to help you find the businesses you need.

Publix offering senior shopping hours Tuesday & Wednesday mornings

Publix is offering special shopping hours for customers age 65 and over.

  Hyundai plant stops production after employee tests positive for coronavirus

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama announced Wednesday it was suspending production after a team member tested positive for the COVID-19 illness.

Alabama jobless rate unchanged at 2.7%

Alabama’s unemployment rate remains at a record low 2.7%.

  City orders repairs for popular Old Cloverdale property

The City of Montgomery has ordered repairs for a beloved stretch of Old Cloverdale retail space.

  2 Montgomery bars have business licenses revoked

The Montgomery City Council voted Tuesday night to revoke Club Sky Bar and After 5’s business licenses.

  Mike Barnett, owner of Montgomery’s Patriots Grill, dies

The owner of a new Montgomery restaurant has died at the age of 49.

Colder weather good for Chilton County peach trees

The peach crops in Chilton County are in need of this colder weather.

  New Legacy Pavilion opens Saturday in downtown Montgomery

The Equal Justice Initiative is opening a new welcome center and monument to go alongside the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum.

  Local restaurant farms out of shipping container for fresher produce

The 320 square-foot farm is equipped to grow up to 4 tons of produce a year, according to the manufacturer.

  Demopolis hospital to benefit from property tax increase

Marengo County voters passed a property tax increase that is expected to generate $1 million a year for Whitfield Regional Hospital in Demopolis.

Winn-Dixie to close another Montgomery store

Another Winn-Dixie location in the capital city is closing, Southeastern Grocers announced Thursday.

  Alabama ranked worst state for female entrepreneurs, business owner says she’s thriving

In a stark contrast from a 2019 study by fitsmallbusiness.com which found Alabama to be the 5th best state for women entrepreneurs, in 2020 a follow-up study, Alabama falls to last place.

Nearly $100M wood pellet factory planned in West Alabama

A nearly $100 million factory to produce wood pellets is planned for the west Alabama city of Demopolis.

Montgomery Advertiser president leaving to pursue new opporunities

Montgomery Advertiser President Michael Galvin is leaving to pursue new opportunities, the Advertiser announced Monday.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

New ‘meat-and-three’ diner open near Maxwell

Mike Barnett has opened Patriots Grill across from the base.

  Travel center, restaurants coming to Exit 38 in Tuskegee

There is a major project underway at Exit 38 off of Interstate 85. It’s considered a gateway to the city of Tuskegee.

  Taste Too opening in downtown Montgomery

A Montgomery restaurant is opening a new location downtown.

  Hyundai’s third major investment comes with a twist

Nothing ever really stands still inside the massive plant, a metaphor behind the latest investment of $292 million in equipment.