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Four Savannah area Wal-Mart stores launch grocery pickup service

Four Savannah-area Wal-Mart stores are taking the hassle out of grocery shopping by launching online grocery pickup.

Savannah chosen as pilot for small development planning

Savannah was recently chosen as one of five pilot cities across the country to participate in the project, which is funded by the Kresge and Knight Foundations and began about two years ago with the goal of developing a smarter approach for cities to make small development easier.

B's Cracklin' Barbeque to open Atlanta location

A delicious little piece of Savannah is heading to Atlanta later this month. Bryan and Nikki Furman, owners of B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque have announced a second location in Atlanta’s Riverside neighborhood on the upper west side.

Byan Furman, owner and head cook of B's Cracklin' Barbecue, cuts brisket in the kitchen of his newly re-opened restaurant last October. Bryan and his wife, Nikki Furman will be opening a second location in Atlanta next week. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Food and beverage industry veteran takes expertise on road

A few things come to mind when you think of Savannah, Spanish moss, to-go cups and more recently, a fast-growing foodie scene. But a restaurant needs more than just word of mouth to survive, and that’s where food and beverage industry veteran, Russ Blakeborough and his consulting company, Focus Food and Beverage, comes in.

Russ Blakeborough of Focus Food and Beverage works with a client. Blakeborough, who has more than 25 years in the food and beverage industry, recently launched Focus to help improve training, revenue and menus in hotels kitchens and restaurants. (Photo by Jack Caldwell/Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Rezoning approved for proposed West Savannah development

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning for a 1.64-acre site in West Savannah that is slated to become a student-oriented housing development.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning for the site of the Seaboard freight station at 703 Louisville Road. The site is slated to become a student-oriented housing development. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

DeSoto Hotel to get new brand name

One of Savannah’s noted hotels will soon be returning to its roots. The Hilton Savannah DeSoto is slated to become The DeSoto by Sotherly in July 2017.

Savannah's Hilton DeSoto Hotel. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Hostess City says 'Welcome' seven different ways

The number of international visitors coming to Savannah is growing every year and while visitors have been able to translate the Visit Savannah website for some time, they now have the city at their fingertips thanks to a new mobile app and series of brochures in seven different languages to help them navigate the Hostess City.

The Haeupler family (L-R: Alino Haeupler, Dietmar Haeupler, Andrea Haeupler and Fabio Haeupler) from Schweinfurt, Germany, looks at brochures at Visit Savannah’s main Visitor Information Center on Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard on Tuesday. Visit Savannah has recently developed a mobile app and brochures in seven different languages to help international visitors navigate the Hostess City. (Photo by Casey Jones for Visit Savannah)

Savannah zoning board quashes self-storage warehouse for a second time

A self-storage mini-warehouse that was denied variances by the Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals in March was quashed by the board again on Thursday.

This aerial photo shows the lots where developers planned to build a mini-storage warehouse on Savannah's eastside. The zoning board of appeals struck down the request for a variance on Thursday for the second time this year. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Planning Commission)

Expert predicts slowdown ahead for Savannah hotels

The state of the lodging industry across the nation has seen a bit of a slow down in the past year, but the industry is still operating on a high level, according to Mark Woodworth, senior managing director for CRBE Hotels.

Mark Woodworth, senior managing director for CRBE Hotels, Americas Research talks to hotel professionals Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown. While Savannah's hotel market continues to be strong, Woodworth expects to see a slight dip in occupancy rates going into 2017. (Savannah Morning News photo)

Visit Savannah president talks selling city to younger travelers

There are many reasons why millions of people visit Savannah each year from diverse architecture and history to the foodie scene, but no matter what they’re looking for they want it to be authentic.

Visit Savannah president, Joe Marinelli talks about marketing to the millennial generation of travelers Thursday at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. (Spotted® photo by Bunny Ware)

Savannah area home sales continue upward

Home sales across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties continued their upward swing during July with 603 homes sold in the three counties, according to data released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Tanger acquires sole ownership of Pooler center

The partnership between Ben Carter Enterprises and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has come to an end, according to a news release sent out by the outlet center on Monday.

Forsyth Farmers Market launches mobile app

Need to find out where to get fresh, locally grown produce? The new Forsyth Farmers Market mobile app has you covered.

Customers say goodbye to Savannah's Angel's BBQ

Sitting on the curb outside of Angel’s BBQ on Thursday, Adriana Normand, Sarah Burris and Lisa Warhurst were suffering from a case of barbecue broken heart. “My heart is just breaking,” Warhurst said of the news that the Savannah hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint would close for good on Saturday.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - A menu hangs over customers waiting in line at the famed hole in the wall restaurant, Angel's BBQ, as they come one last time for a meal as the store prepares to close on August 13.

Developers plan class, commitment to Perry Lane Hotel project on Drayton

There is no better place to see the influx of development in Savannah than the few Drayton Street blocks between Liberty Street and Oglethorpe Avenue.

Construction workers lay reborn as they prepare the foundation for a hotel on Drayton Street. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah native finds baking business success comes in a bottle

Aundrea Dumas’ secret to success is in the bottle. The baker and Savannah native has recently partnered with Kroger stores to launch Cutie Cakes — Cupcakes in a Bottle. 

H&M on Broughton Street marks company's first Savannah store

Armed with bottled water and coffee, friends Sam Ikhwan, Ian Chase, Kathryn Larrabee, Sarah Mabry and Julian Rutlege had no trouble securing the first spots in line before H&M’s grand opening at noon Thursday on Broughton Street. “We’ve been here since 8:30... We’ve been waiting for a while,” Ikhwan said.

Customers line up for the opening of H&M on West Broughton Street. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Group rejects plea bargain after union campaign charges

Three men rejected a plea in Port Wentworth Municipal Court on Wednesday to reduce their charges to disorderly conduct, pay a fine and to not distribute leaflets near XPO Logistics.

Inland port, Kia agreement aims to cut local truck traffic

Cordele Intermodal Services will join forces with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) to handle up to 30,000 TEU containers a year, which will supply the Kia plant in West Point. 
Gov. Nathan Deal announced the partnership Wednesday.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia has partnered with Cordele Intermodal Services to move cargo by rail from the Port of Savannah to the CIS container yard in Cordele. Above, Gov. Deal, center left, is joined by CIS President Jonathan Lafevers, Georgia Rep. Buddy Harden, KMMG Chief Administrative Officer Stuart C. Countess, Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, and GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch at the rail yard, with finished vehicles on display. The arrangement with CIS saves transit costs for Kia Motors, while cutting millions of truck miles from state highways each year.(Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Boutique brings Southern style to Broughton Street

Grace, grit and a little bit of American pop culture are a few of the inspirational factors behind Broughton Street’s newest locally owned boutique, Midge, U.S. made Clothing and Goods.

Margaret Lightsey, owner of Midge on West Broughton Street. Midge, Barbie’s best friend and the namesake of the store watches in the background. Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)