Business Briefs

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has opened in the Thomas Grace Annex, near the corner of Andrew Bailey Road and Ga. Hwy. 34 East.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was founded in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, and now has more than 400 locations. In addition to pork, beef, and ribs, Dickey’s also serves ham, sausages, turkey and chicken.

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Chamber accepting nominations for Small Business of the Year

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for the third annual Small Business of the Year awards.

Awards will be given in three categories: Entrepreneur, for companies with one to five employees, Growth for companies with six to 19 companies, and Employer for companies with 20 or more.

The application deadline is June 27 at noon.

For more information visit or call 770-253-2271.

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Locals attend Plato’s Closet conference

Allison Spartis and John Cheatham of Plato’s Closet of Newnan recently attended the company’s 2014 conference, held in Anaheim, Calif from April 30 to May 3.

This year’s conference was shaped, in part, by the challenging retail environment of 2013. Conference organizers planned sessions and events designed to help individual store owners approach competitors of all types as motivators to improve service, communication and inventory at their own stores. There was a full agenda of workshops and events on topics ranging from store management to social media, with an emphasis on providing an exceptional client experience.

Keynote speaker Dennis Snow is a former Disney executive and world-renowned expert in customer service and the customer experience. He emphasized the importance of delivering a consistent and positive brand experience to increase brand loyalty and promote life-long customer retention.

Plato’s Closet is a resale store that caters to fashion-conscious teen and young adult customers. “In the face of increasing competition, the future success of our store depends not only on the job we do for our customers, but on the reputation of the brand itself,” said Cheatham. “We know that in today’s ‘social’ world, the most effective brand ambassadors are satisfied customers, so we’ll continue to focus on making every visit to Plato’s Closet of Newnan a great experience for local shoppers.”

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Red Lobster acquired by Golden Gate Capital

The Red Lobster chain was bought last week by Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash sale.

Darden Restaurants, which also owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Capital Grille and Seasons 52, announced plans late last year to spin off Red Lobster, its oldest and lowest performing brand.

Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm has not announced plans to close any of Red Lobster’s 700 stores.

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