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  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.

Dillard’s at EastChase to reopen Tuesday

  More retail stores reopening in Montgomery for shoppers

  Businesses react to the updated Safer at Home Order

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

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

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

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

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

  Alabama beaches to reopen Thursday with restrictions

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

Goodyear closing Alabama plant that employs more than 400

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

  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

Alabama jobless rate unchanged at 2.7%

  City orders repairs for popular Old Cloverdale property

  2 Montgomery bars have business licenses revoked

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

Colder weather good for Chilton County peach trees

  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.

Man wanted in high-end purse thefts across Alabama

The Coalition Against Retail Theft is trying to identify a regional shoplifting suspect, according to Central Alabama CrimeStoppers.

Alabama hopes to attract European businesses with new office in Germany

The Alabama Department of Commerce has opened a business development office in Stuttgart, Germany, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Monday.

  Mayor: Montgomery hires retail recruitment firm to revitalize business in areas

The city of Montgomery has signed a three-year contract with Buxton, a retail recruitment firm, to help develop business in some areas of the city.

  New hotel open in downtown Montgomery part of booming market

Staybridge Suites has been open for three days and has everything a guest would ever want.

  Log deliveries starting at Abbeville Fiber

Abbeville Fiber has started operations at the new sawmill facility.

  German auto supplier opens first North American facility in Montgomery

The company has invested $41.6 million in the new facility which will employ up to 235 employees.

  New restaurants and stores coming to Eastchase Parkway

If you’ve driven along Eastchase Parkway recently, you’ve probably noticed some construction taking place.

Family-owned furniture store closing after 30 years

Chambers Furniture is closing and holding an everything must go sale.

  New businesses in Eufaula hiring

According to the mayor, the city has either opened, expanded, or broken ground on a dozen new development projects within the last six months.

  New south Ala. food service distribution center to create 80 new jobs

Food and Beverage Distribution Company, Ben E. Keith, plans to open an advanced food service distribution center in the town of New Brockton.

Dealership: Ford asked us to end ads giving buyers shotgun, Bible and flag

An Alabama car dealership that got national attention for its Fourth of July promotion also go the attention of Ford Motor Company. Now, it’s backing off part of its offer.

Retail sales in Alabama are increasing

Retail sales across the country and in Alabama are on the rise.

  Good crop, signature taste: Slocomb tomato farmers feel good about season

Slocomb tomato farmers are boasting good crop with great taste.

Eastchase restaurant closes its doors

The Ruby Tuesday on Eastchase Loop in Montgomery has closed.

Covington Mall in Andalusia getting a facelift

The Covington Mall in Andalusia is getting a much-needed facelift.

  Ivey signs legislation expanding broadband services

Gov. Kay Ivey has signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving and expanding broadband services across Alabama

  Montgomery sees nearly $1 billion from tourism

The numbers are in and Montgomery is seeing major growth when it come to tourism with travel expenditures near $1 billion.

Tallapoosa County company expands, adds new positions

New jobs are on the way to Tallapoosa County.

  Median home prices soar in one year at Lake Martin

The real estate market on Lake Martin is hot, with the average median price of a waterfront home rising close to 30 percent in just one year.

  New military software development project coming to Montgomery

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, as part of its TechMGM initiative, is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to host a team of military and private sector app developers for a new software development project called BESPIN.

  Multiple projects underway in Prattville

Prattville city officials are staying busy with lots of new projects to ensure the growth and future success of the city.

  Bojangles’ reopens in Montgomery

Fast food restaurant Bojangles’ has returned to Montgomery.

  $15 million investment, new jobs coming to Dadeville

Sejin America announced plans to spend $15 million on new machines and add 36 jobs to the payroll at its Dadeville facility.

  Dallas County partners with AIDT to boost employment

AIDT and Craig Field are partnering to help bring down Dallas County's jobless rate.

Montgomery family-owned, operated retailer set to close

A locally owned and operated retailer, Fleet Feet, announced that it will be closing its storefront in late April, according to co-owner Avery Ainsworth.

  Kay Couture prepares for grand opening, Macy’s debut

A Montgomery woman is making her dreams a reality.

  Mayor Strange reacts to letter sent from Hyundai Electric president

There are now concerns about future expansions at a major employer in Montgomery.

  ‘Shop, Save, Serve’ with the Junior League of Montgomery

The Junior League of Montgomery is ready to shop, save and serve with its third annual charity shopping event that will begin Thursday,.

  Bibb Street Pizza, customers donate slices to homeless

A local restaurant is giving back in a unique way.

  Selma close to selling historic St. James Hotel

City leaders say the new hotel owners will help this part of Selma turn the corner. In fact, the hope is new businesses will move into empty store fronts across the street.

  Hemp becomes growing sector in Alabama agriculture

Since Attorney General Steve Marshall indicated selling hemp oil is now legal in the state, prospective growers and proprietors believe they're getting in on the ground floor. One CBD oil seller in south Alabama is making it her business to be out front with the product.

Mazda Toyota to begin hiring process for Huntsville plant in Fall 2019

The joint venture will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually.

Alabama jobless rate dips to record 3.7 percent

Alabama's jobless rate has dipped to a record-low 3.7 percent as more workers continue joining the workforce

GE Aviation to invest millions in Auburn facility expansion

GE Aviation is planning to invest $50 million toward the expansion of its manufacturing operation at its Auburn facility, according to Gov. Kay Ivey’s office.

Enterprise restaurant providing meals for tornado victims

Staff from Annie’s plans to serve hot meals to tornado victims and those assisting with recovery efforts in Lee County Tuesday. From one community that’s been rocked by a deadly tornado - to another.

Tornadoes did nearly $5.9 million damage to timberland

The Alabama Forestry Commission estimates timber losses to March 3 tornadoes at nearly $5.9 million

$5.5 million investment brings automotive facility to Opelika

Opelika Mayor, Gary Fuller announced that an automotive supplier plans to invest $5.5 million to open a manufacturing facility in Opelika creating hundreds of jobs.

  World-class culinary center coming to Auburn University

A culinary science center unlike any other is coming to Auburn University in 2021.

  Work moves forward on Hyundai expansion in Montgomery

Work is on track for the new Hyundai engine head machining plant along with other additions to enhance existing operations. Hyundai is investing $388 million on the expansion.

  New businesses coming to Eastern Boulevard

Some new businesses are coming to Eastern Boulevard. For years, many businesses left Eastern Boulevard, leaving behind empty buildings, but now, Eastern Boulevard is seeing the opposite trend.

  CarMax opens in Montgomery

CarMax officially opened its Montgomery location Wednesday, making it the company’s fifth store in the state, according to CarMax’s Cedric Page.

Montgomery chamber president retiring, successor named

The Board of Directors of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the election of Chamber Executive Vice President Anna B. Buckalew as the chamber’s next president and CEO.

  Unexpected deaths of livestock reported in areas impacted by Hurricane Michael

Farmers are still monitoring the impact of Hurricane Michael on their livestock. There have been reports of unexpected animal deaths in areas impacted by the storm - including southeast Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

  Troy student launches delivery business

A Troy University student has launched his own delivery business.

  Farm Bill changing hemp industry in Alabama

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill opened the door for a newer agriculture commodity to potentially take center stage - industrial hemp.

  New company groundbreakings bring benefits to AL

The new jobs will encourage also encourage cities to better their roads, airports and entertainment.