Business Briefs

Restaurants open, close

Three new restaurants have opened in Coweta in the past several weeks, and several more have closed in the past few months.

The new restaurants are Meat-N-Greet, Rednexican and Leaf and Bean in downtown Newnan, and Stasio Family Pizzeria in Grantville.

Closed restaurants include Bessie’s Family Kitchen, Los Gordos, Paris in a Tea Cup, J. Paul’s, Sage Nutrition, Woody’s at Wesley Woods, Warner’s Rib Shack, Bromobile Food Services and Station 22.

Sprayberry's 'Atlanta Eats' episode airs

Sprayberry’s Barbecue was recently featured on the local food show “Atlanta Eats.” The Sprayberry’s episode aired Feb. 22 and 23. You can view the Sprayberry’s portion of the episode by visiting .

Ollie’s set to open March 19

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is set to open March 19 in a portion of the old Newnan Kmart location, in the Merchants Crossing Shopping Center on Bullsboro Drive at Greison Trail.

Ollie’s will be the second new store to open in the shopping center, which has had long-standing vacancies. Badcock Furniture recently relocated from Temple Avenue to the former Hasting’s location.

FutureStaff wins Best of Staffing Award

FutureStaff has won the “Best of Staffing,” award sponsored by Career Builder, for the third year in a row.

The honor was given to approximately 2 percent of the 12,000 staffing services in the U.S. and Canada.

The award is based on reviews from clients.

“We are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts in this way,” said Lee Whetstone, president of FutureStaff. “We have a great team that always puts the needs of our job seekers and clients at the forefront of their day."

FutureStaff has been serving job seekers and employers since 1982. With three offices located in Fayette, Newnan, and Conyers, the agency specializes in a range of employment opportunities that consist of temp to hire placement, direct hire search, and contract placements. FutureStaff has experience filling roles in areas including customer service, management, accounting, administrative, medical office, data entry warehouse clerk, and warehouse/logistic specialist. 

Georgia Power adds 2,600 Authorized Payment Locations

Georgia Power has added more than 2,600 new Authorized Payment Locations across the state. The new APLs allow customers to pay their Georgia Power bills where they shop.

Locations include retailers such as Kroger, Rite Aid, Publix, Walmart and Kmart, with payments processed through Western Union and the CheckFreePay walk-in bill payment service from Fiserv.

To make a payment at an APL, customers should bring their current Georgia Power bill or have their full account number. All APLs accept cash and some accept debit cards, but not credit cards or checks. Payments made through APLs include a $1.50 transaction fee, and are processed in real time.

“We know it is important for our customers to have multiple, easy ways to pay their bills and to minimize the time it takes to make a payment,” said Mike Hazelton, senior vice president of marketing for Georgia Power. “The new retail locations add a tremendous level of convenience not only for customers who prefer to pay their bills in person, but also for customers who need to make a payment immediately at night or on weekends.”

Blossman unveils propane mower conversion kits

The small engine division of Blossman Services is designing and building an engine-specific propane gas mower conversion kit that will be available for purchase in early spring.

The conversion will provide cost savings to landscape contractors and the mowing industry.

“The demand for a cleaner lawn care alternative is evident and on the rise, affecting the commercial industries of universities, cities & municipalities, and landscaping,” said Jessie Johnson, president of Blossman Services. "Blossman Gas leads the way in propane-powered lawn equipment. Creation and conversion of mowers to propane has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduces costs and even prolongs the life of the mower’s engine."

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