Business News: Food Depot Open; Why Marlin & Ray's Closed; Still Awaiting Walmart Hiring Info

Also, Rainforest Golf reopens this weekend.


Here's a roundup of business news from Stone Mountain and Lithonia:

New Food Depot Open

The new Food Depot on Panola Road in Lithonia is now open. The store took Save Rite's old spot, filling a grocery vacancy in the plaza after more than 7 years.

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New Food Depot Received Nearly 500 Job Applications When It First Advertised

Marlin & Ray's Closed near Stonecrest

The seafood restaurant Marlin & Ray's restaurant in the Stonecrest area is closed. In news release Jan. 9 about Ruby Tuesday Inc.'s second quarter fiscal 2013 results, the company said:

Based on a significant amount of discussion and analysis, and a clear understanding that driving profitable same-restaurant sales at Ruby Tuesday is our first and most critical priority, we have decided to close our 13 Marlin & Ray’s restaurants immediately. While this was a difficult decision to make, we have determined the Marlin & Ray’s brand is not an optimal conversion vehicle for us going forward.

In addition, Ruby Tuesday Inc. has also decided to close some other restaurants.

From the release:

While these decisions are difficult, we are convinced that this action is appropriate, timely, and beneficial longer term to our shareholders.

As for the employees at Marlin & Ray's, a posting on the now-closed website reads:

We have enjoyed serving you the best seafood, steaks, and ribs over the past few years. Unfortunately we have closed. We have taken good care of all our employees and hope that you will visit them at your local Ruby Tuesday. Marlin & Ray’s gift cards may be redeemed at any Ruby Tuesday.

Walmart Hiring Center Not Up Yet

Patch checked with Walmart's media relations person this week about its hiring center for the new supercenter on Memorial Drive near N. Hairston, and it's still not set up yet. We'll keep checking back with Walmart, so stay tuned.

Rainforest Golf Reopening this Weekend

Rainforest Golf, at 5500 Bermuda Rd., reopens this Saturday, Feb. 16 after taking a brief winter break. Let's hope for some decent mini-golfing weather.


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