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Macy's closing 6 underperforming stores around U.S.

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Macy's announced this week that they are closing six stores across the nation, in what the retailer said was a part of a normal review of business. None of the stores closing are in Georiga.

The stores closing include a Bloomingdale's Fashion Show Home Store in Las Vegas, and Macy's stores in Paseo, Colo., Belmont, Mass., Honolulu, St. Paul and Houston.

After the closings the chain will operate 798 stores in 45 states, including the Macy's Central division flagship store at Lenox Square. In Georgia, Macy's also has full-service stores at North Point, Athens, Cumberland, Greenbriar, Northlake, Perimeter, Augusta, Mall of Georgia, Columbus, North DeKalb and South DeKalb Malls, Arbor Place, Town Center, Stonecrest, Southlake, Savannah and Macon. There is one Bloomingdale's location in Lenox Square, and Macy's Furniture locations in Duluth, Alpharetta, at Town Center and at Perimieter Mall.

Vinings Business of the Year to be revealed Jan. 8

Vinings Business of the Year to be revealed Jan. 8

ATLANTA -- The Vinings Business Association will reveal its 2012 Business of the Year during a luncheon on Jan. 8.

The lunch will begin at 11:30 p.m. at Social Vinings restaurant.

Attendance is $15 for VBA members and $20 for non-members. Learn more and sign up at viningsbusiness.com.

Social Vinings is located at 3621 Vinings Slope.

Feds probing ex-New Orleans mayor's dealings with Home Depot

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin about his involvement in a new store for The Home Depot is intensifying, according to reports.

The probe is looking into Nagin's involvement in the opening of a new Home Depot store in New Orleans in 2008.

The Atlanta-based home improvement giant needed the city to sell it several streets that occupied the site where it wanted to build the store. But a city councilwoman wanted Home Depot to sign a "community benefits agreement," which the company did not want to do.

Nagin, who served as New Orleans' mayor from 2002 to 2010, was an ally of Home Depot. Within a short time, the community benefits agreement was dead and a granite countertop company formed by Nagin and his son "had a contract to be the executive granite installer for four Home Depot locations around New Orleans," and ground was broken, according to a report.

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC engaged in predatory lending that ended up costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties say the bank aggressively signed minorities to housing loans that were likely to fail. The counties say it caused tremendous damage, including extra expenses and lost tax revenue.

The lawsuit says the banks violated the Fair Housing Act, which provides protections against housing or renting policies or practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or handicap.

A lawyer for HSBC said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in October. A federal judge has given the bank until Jan. 25 to file a response.

UHY Advisors adds Cindy Hannafey as Principal in Atlanta office

UHY Advisors adds Cindy Hannafey as Principal in Atlanta office

UHY Advisors, Inc. announced Thursday the appointment of Cindy Hannafey as Principal. Hannafey will be based in the Atlanta office, serving UHY clients nationwide. She brings to the firm exceptional experience in accounting, finance, and IT project management and execution. Hannafey reports to UHY Advisors’ Managing Director in the southeast, Frank Fenello.

“With 20 years of experience in accounting and project management, we are excited to have Cindy leading our Program Management offering for UHY clients in the southeast,” said Fenello.

Nationally, UHY Advisors is one of the top 25 professional services firms specializing in business consulting and tax services to public and private companies in the Fortune 1000 and middle market.

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Seven Years and Thousands of Updates Later, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.LeffsAtlantaMedia.com) Continues to Track and Report on Atlanta’s Diverse Media Community

It’s been seven years since Atlanta public relations executive Mitch Leff launched Atlanta’s most comprehensive database of local media, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), and the site continues to grow.  This month, the site will add a new section, “News from the PR Dept.,” tracking news items of interest to media and public relations professionals.

The new feature will appear on the Leff’s Atlanta Media blog and in the site’s monthly “Mitch’s Media Musings” newsletter and will include:

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble