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Join GRA and Reap the Benefits of Association

The Georgia Retail Association is dedicated to making Georgia one of the best places in the United States to do business. As long as there are threats to your business, the Georgia Retail Association will make sure the voice of the retail industry in Georgia is heard loud and clear.  Click HERE for the GRA Member Application.

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A True Crime-Fighting Partnership

GRAORCA is a statewide crime-fighting partnership. This alliance allows retailers and law enforcement to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis while preventing other partners from being victimized.

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An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.

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Health Care Reform Act

The health care reform law— the Affordable Care Act (ACA)— has many complex requirements for employers and health plans. Many employers are starting to focus more attention on the ACA’s rules and, as a result, have more questions than ever.

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Stand with Main Street and Georgia's retailers

Georgia's Alliance for Main Street Fairness is a coalition dedicated to ensuring sales tax laws treat all businesses equally. An online sales tax loophole currently puts local businesses at risk, and we are working to level the playing field. Click here for information on how to join the coalition.

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Small Business Quarterly

Delivers practical info to help you increase the bottom line.
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Member Profile

The Big Store
Susan and Philip Perlis
Tifton, GA

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Service Spotlight

GRA's bankcard program is your gateway to a better bottom line.
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imageDrugstore Chain May Relocate to Switzerland if It Chooses to Buy Remainder of Alliance Boots

Walgreen Co. WAG -0.12% 's first pharmacy opened 113 years ago inside a hotel on Chicago's South Side and this year, the chain will derive nearly all its sales and most of its profits from its 8,700 U.S. locations.

But Walgreen is currently thinking about leaving American shores, as part a plan to buy the rest of Alliance Boots GmbH, which operates a U.K. drugstore chain and is based in Switzerland. The move could help Walgreen lower its U.S. tax bill saving the company hundreds of millions of dollars a year—money that wouldn't flow into the U.S. Treasury.

Read more: Walgreen Weighs Riding Tax-Inversion Wave

imageConsumers Increase Spending on Clothes and Health, but Cut Big-Ticket Purchases Such as Cars

Consumers are still spending cautiously despite months of stronger job growth and better weather, weighing on sales at U.S. retailers.

Retail sales climbed 0.2% in June, the smallest gain since January, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Excluding autos, retail sales climbed a sturdier 0.4% last month.

Read more: U.S. Shoppers Open Up Their Wallets—Selectively

imageReynolds Ameican to Acquire Lorillard in Transaction Valued at $27.4 Billion

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI), a leading tobacco products company and the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), the third largest tobacco company in the U.S. and maker of Newport cigarettes, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which RAI has agreed to acquire Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4 billion, including the assumption of net debt.

Read more: Reynolds American to Acquire Lorillard

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