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Avalon to break ground Jan. 28

Avalon to break ground Jan. 28

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Avalon, a new mixed-use project coming to Alpharetta, is counting down the days until it breaks ground.

Demolition and site work will begin Jan. 28, according to the project's Facebook page.

The old parking structure will be "history," says the post. The project's Twitter feed is going so far as to ask people how it should be done: "Should we use a wrecking ball or excavator? You vote."

Avalon is a $600 million development planned at Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway.

Phase One will include 389,000 square feet of retail, 250 multi-family units, 101 single-family units and 83,000 square feet of office space, according to previous reports.

Pike Nurseries gears up for post-Christmas sale

Pike Nurseries gears up for post-Christmas sale

ATLANTA -- When is the best time to buy Christmas decorations? After the holidays, of course.

Pike Nurseries' End of the Year Red Tag Sale will begin the day after Christmas, with merchandise prices slashed as much as 70 percent.

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Items for sale will include Christmas lights, ornaments, ribbons, tree stands and more. Other non-holiday items will be on sale too, like pottery, furniture and select plants.

The End of the Year Red Tag Sale ends Jan. 2.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your nearest location.

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

ATLANTA -- RaceTrac is hiring more than 100 temporary employees for the holidays.

The Cobb County-based chain of gas stations will hire two extra people at 66 Georgia locations to help promote Free Coffee Week.

Employees will hold signs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Dec. 17-21. Sign holders must be at least 18 years old and clean cut.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the positions is asked to reach out to Jason Brown at 404-604-2612 or jbrown@hopebeckham.com. Public relations firm Hope Beckham will also hold a RaceTrac job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at its office at 17 Executive Park Drive in North Druid Hills.

Zendaya Coleman to visit Von Maur

Zendaya Coleman to visit Von Maur

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A Disney Channel star will meet her fans at North Point Mall this weekend.

Zendaya Coleman will be at the Von Maur department store from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 8.

Shoppers will get the opportunity to meet the 16-year-old actress and receive autographed pictures.

Zendaya plays Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel show "Shake It Up."

Shop with a Cop returns Dec. 11

Shop with a Cop returns Dec. 11

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Alpharetta Police Athletic League (PAL) will host its 14th annual Shop with a Cop event on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Shop with a Cop pairs disadvantaged children with Alpharetta police officers for a holiday shopping spree at Walmart. PAL hopes to help at least 100 kids this year.

"Throughout the year, representatives of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety come across families who, for whatever reason, face financial challenges," Alpharetta Officer Phil Ritchey said in a statement. "These financial challenges often carry into the holiday season and impact their ability to buy gifts for their children."

Children who participate in Shop with a Cop are given $100 to spend at the Walmart on Windward Parkway. Ritchey said that, although the money is for the children, many of them choose to spend some of it on their parents and siblings.

Gesher L'Torah to host Chanukah Bazaar

Gesher L'Torah to host Chanukah Bazaar

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Congregation Gesher L'Torah in north Fulton County is gearing up for its annual Chanukah Bazaar, which will be held Sunday, Dec. 2.

Plenty of local vendors will be in attendance, including My Room Rocks, Vault Denim, Sue Shefts Designs, Thirty-One Gifts and Scentsy. Every business will also donate raffle prizes.

The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2. Congregation Gesher L'Torah is located at 4320 Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta.

Learn more at gltorah.org.

Retailer Von Maur opens at Perimeter Mall

Retailer Von Maur opens at Perimeter Mall

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Von Maur is opening a second Georgia store as an anchor of Perimeter Mall on Saturday, November 10 in Dunwoody.

The new location of 222,000-square-feet is expected to employee 275-325 new associates.

Von Maur is celebrating the opening with a ribbon-cutting at 9:45 a.m. by President Jim von Maur and the store's manager, Tricia Moeller. During the day, Miss USA Olivia Culpo, men's fashion line founder Daniel Dolce and Nic + Zoe merchandiser Zoe Chatfield-Taylor will make appearances, offer style tips and hang out with shoppers.

Von Maur was founded 140 years ago by C.J. von Maur, of Davenport, Iowa. Today, the retailer consists of 27 stores in 11 states. The first Georiga store is located in Alpharetta.

For more information, visit www.vonmaur.com.