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Kohl's will hire 90,000 seasonal employees

Kohl’s is hiring for the holidays.

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The department store chain announced Thursday that it plans to hire 90,000 seasonal employees nationally for more than 1,100 stores, nine distribution centers, and five-commerce fulfillment centers and credit centers, WTKR reported.

“Our early strategy is working and we’ve already hired thousands of associates to help us deliver an excellent omni-channel shopping experience of customers. On the heels of our early hiring efforts, we continue to see momentum in hiring at all locations with talented candidates interested in joining our team, and we are making significant efforts to keep this momentum going throughout the season,” said Ryan Festerling, Kohl’s executive vice president of human resources.

The temporary employees will receive an immediate 15 percent discount from the store, and a 35 percent discount to use in-store and online with no exclusions, WTKR reported. 

Seasonal associates have the opportunity to be considered for open full-time and part-time positions after the season ends, Festerling said.

Kohl’s will be holding a hiring event on Oct. 20 at selected Kohl’s stores. Click here for more information.

UPS hiring 100,000 workers for holiday shipping season

UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season.

The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019.

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The full-time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry point for a full-time job at the shipping giant.

Many UPS executives, including CEO David Abney, started out as part-time workers, and the company says about 35 percent of the people hired as seasonal package handlers get permanent positions after the holidays.

Those interested can apply at UPSjobs.com.

$14.7M Georgia 'safe house' with bat cave, waterfall headed to auction block

It took six years to build, but the Rice House Atlanta, a luxury home in North Fulton County, Georgia, was more than 60 years in the making. 

The $14.7 million36,000-square-foot compound in the Country Club of the South was created by a self-made, octogenarian entrepreneur who wanted to build a home that embodied all of his boyhood dreams. 

Now, it’s going to be sold at auction

>> On AJC.com: Usher sells Alpharetta mansion with climate-controlled treehouse, yoga studio for $1.5M

According to a Concierge Auctions news release, bidding will begin Tuesday and close Thursday. The starting bid is $3.9 million. So, what do you get for that price?

A bat cave? Yes. Waterfall? Sure. Secret entrances and exits? You bet. Upper and lower motor courts? Um-hum. And the art museum, infinity pool, bowling alley, gun range, game room, solarium, spa, theater and play area that resembles something from Disneyland. 

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“He is an intellectual thinker and he is a super fun guy,” listing broker Paul Wegener, of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, said about the homeowner. “He dreamed as a child of building something like this. All these things you think about when you are a kid,” Wegener said. 

The homeowner had planned to fill the eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, six partial bathrooms and three kitchens with family and friends. He had hoped the home would become a gathering place and a legacy for his family to pass from one generation to the next. 

>> Previously on MyAJC.com: Atlanta’s safest house still up for sale at $14.7 million

He was holding onto the home but ultimately, other priorities won out. His son wasn’t much interested in living there, and with much of his family on the West Coast, the homeowner decided to sell his $30 million project. 

In building a home that would last forever and survive any foreseeable catastrophe, he sought out and worked with a team of the best architects, landscapers and security experts in the country. 

The process began with a full-scale model, and as construction continued, the homeowner added different features that seemed cool. “He would say, ‘We’ve got more room. I want to add a gun range and a bowling alley.’ The scope of the project continued to grow,” Wegener said. 

Atlanta architect Charles Heydt brought to life the homeowner’s vision of the Greek acropolis. Whatever standards were set by building code, the home was made to meet at least triple those requirements. The foundation was dug to the rock bed, anchored with rebar and poured with concrete that can withstand 5,000 pounds of load per square inch. The exterior walls have the same level of strength. 

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Al Corbi, a renowned security expert, came in to make sure the security features of the home were part of the construction process. Reinforced walls, bulletproof windows and doors, concealed entrances and exits and an underground bunker are just a few of the features that make Rice House one of the safest homes in the country. 

The home is also self-contained, and projections indicate that inhabitants could survive for three years on the property without outside assistance, Wegener said. 

There are three water sources : municipal, three 1,000-foot-deep artesian wells and a reserve tank of purified water that would normally be used for irrigation on the property and for topping off the pool and fountain. 

Wegener was initially skeptical about the need for a house with such high-level security features, but then he thought about events such as 9/11. 

>> On AJC.com: Here's what an ‘average’ house looks like in Georgia

“You almost don’t like to say survival, but suddenly it doesn’t become that far-fetched. He was forward-thinking,” Wegener said. 

It takes about 2 1/2 hours for Wegener to walk prospective buyers through the property. And yes, there have been prospective buyers. 

But who, other than an owner with a vision, would want a property such as this one? Maybe it could be a safe house for board members or executives of a major international corporation or a family haven for another successful entrepreneur in a high-risk industry. 

So far, inquiries have been coming from outside and within the country. The security of the home has proved to be the biggest draw, along with the level of detail that went into designing the home, Wegener said. 

There have also been some curiosity seekers who are clearly not serious buyers. 

“The serious interest comes from the same crowd,” Wegener said. “This particular project is the cream of the crop for the amount of money spent and the degree of security.” 

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While the home is complete, the finishing touches have been left to the whims of the new owner. Wegener says it is the most unique home he has ever dealt with and it is important to him to find just the right buyer. 

“There are homes (in Atlanta) that are beautiful but were never constructed to this level of complexity,” Wegener said. “It was not just meant to be a massive compound. It was important to him to construct this property that would be enjoyable. It was ultimately for family and these other things were layered in. I am trying to find someone that will appreciate all of that.”

For more information on the property ahead of the auction, visit conciergeauctions.com/upcoming-auctions.

Scam alert: Fake Amazon job offer asks for $200 payment

A new scam targeting job seekers invites you to apply for a job at Amazon then purchase an "enrollment kit." Don't fall for it.

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The Better Business Bureau says the job offer appears to come from Amazon, either by email or voicemail, offering anywhere from $20 per hour to $6,000 a month – and you can work from home. You're then asked to submit $200 before you can start working for an "enrollment kit." The job offer is bogus, and the scammers then make off with your money and vanish.

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The BBB says the best way to protect yourself is to do your research, and if the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Amazon will never ask for money during an employment offer.

The BBB offers these tips on how to spot a job scam:

  • Be cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, or paying for training.
  • Check the business's website. Scammers frequently post jobs using the names of real companies such as Amazon to lend legitimacy to their cons. Check on the business's website for the position and/or call to confirm.
  • Work at home at your own pace. Always be wary of work from home opportunities that are riddled with testimonials. Often the suggestion of real success is misleading. Suggesting that few hours and limited work will make one successful is a red flag.
  • Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of work-from-home or secret shopper positions, or any job with a generic title such as caregiver, administrative assistant, or customer service rep. Positions that don't require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads. 
  • Different procedures should raise your suspicion. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring. Don't fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask for money to be wired elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers. Be careful if a company promises you great opportunities or big income as long as you pay for coaching, training, certifications or directories. 
  • Government agencies post all jobs publicly and freely. The federal government and the U.S. Postal Service never charge for information about jobs or applications for jobs. Be wary of any offer to give you special access or guarantee you a job for a fee – if you are paying for the promise of a job, it’s probably a scam.
  • Get all details and contracts in writing. A legitimate recruiter will provide you with a complete contract for their services with cost, what you get, who pays (you or the employer), and what happens if you do not find a job. 

Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

Some people are boycotting Nike after the company partnered with Colin Kaepernick to make the former NFL quarterback the face of its latest "Just Do It" campaign.

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The campaign, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the company's iconic phrase, features Kaepernick's face with the words, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."

The ad caught attention on both ends of the spectrum, with some praising the move and others criticizing the decision due to Kaepernick's involvement in the movement for players to kneel during the national anthem before NFL games.

>> Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season, the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about police brutality against African-Americans and other racial injustices.

Now, the company finds itself in the midst of a controversy.

"They always want to be on the leading edge of things and create some type of discussion, so I'm not surprised that Nike would be the one to do it," Nike shopper Steve Warhover said.

Yvette Bugingo also shops at Nike and said she wasn't worried about the move.

>> Critics suggest Pat Tillman was better choice for Nike campaign

"The shoes, they don't change. The colors they give you don't change. The prices don't change," Bugingo said. "So I don't see the big deal."

Boston University advertising professor Chris Cakebread said Nike has, until now, been a traditional brand, which makes the move a bold one.

"They wanted to take a bit of a risk and really kind of raise their awareness out there and say, 'We aren't conservative; we really are part of the notion of what's going on in the marketplace,'" Cakebread said.

The move caught swift pushback on social media, with some claiming to burn their Nike gear in protest.

However, at the St. Francis House, the largest homeless day shelter in Massachusetts, they're hoping those thinking about torching their sneakers will think again.

"I would ask people to please consider donating the shoes, rather than burning them," said Maggie Burns from the St. Francis House. "They will go to great use. Our guests are always in need of new or gently used sneakers."

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Employees at the Nike location on Boston's Newbury Street said they haven't had anyone return any sneakers or clothing in response to the ad, but they have received calls from upset customers about the topic.

Coca-Cola agrees to buy Costa Coffee chain for $5.1 billion

Coca-Cola is getting a jolt of caffeine.

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The company agreed to buy Costa, the largest chain in the United Kingdom, for $5.1 billion, The Guardian reported Friday.

Alison Brittain, the chief executive of Whitbread, which owns Costa, said Coca-Cola’s offer led to “an absolutely stonking deal,” the newspaper reported.

Costa has nearly 4,000 stores in 32 countries, The Guardian reported.

The deal will give Coca-Cola “a strong coffee platform across parts of Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, with the opportunity for additional expansion," the company said in a statement.

Whitbread bought Costa in 1995 from its founders, Sergio and Bruno Costa. Stock for Costa jumped 15 percent Friday, The Guardian reported.

The deal still needs to be approved by shareholders and regulators, CNN reported. The companies expect to complete the deal in early 2019.

Kroger grocery chain launches online delivery for select cities

Kroger, a Cincinnati-based grocery chain, is confronting e-commerce behemoths Walmart and Amazon with its new delivery service, Kroger Ship.

The service was announced Aug. 1, making it available in Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, and, as of late, Atlanta.

“Our customers have been telling us they want different options as far as purchasing groceries,” Kroger spokesman Felix Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This gives our customers another option.”

Customers of Kroger Ship pay a fee of $4.99 for each order that’s less than $35. Any grocery order more than $35 is free. The company also offers promotional deals for first-time customers.

Kroger has 2,800 grocery stores across the country. The company already offers online ordering and local delivery at many locations through Instacart. The new service would use Kroger employees, Turner said.

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The company plans to add distribution centers, although at least for now they won’t be in metro Atlanta, Turner said. “We want to get to areas where we are presently not located.”

Kroger says its online orders are up 66 percent from a year ago.

For years, Amazon was in front of the pack, surging to dominate online shopping, benefiting without the burden of managing and paying for an entrenched network of “brick-and-mortar” stores.

But analysts say big retailers have become more aggressive about using their stores in concert with their online business. Customers order online, go to pick up their merchandise in the store and often go on to buy more items once they are there.

“We definitely still want you to come through the store,” Turner said.

Before long, Turner said, the company could eventually imitate Amazon’s one-day service.

“That is probably in the works,” Turner said.

More information on Kroger Ship is at ship.kroger.com

T-Mobile warns customers of security breach, says personal information may have been accessed 

Wireless carrier T-Mobile said its customer data, including that of Metro PCS customers, was accessed in a potential security breach.

CNBC reported that the company announced late Thursday that its cyber-security team discovered and shut down unauthorized access to customer information on Aug. 20. The company said it was reported to authorities.

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“None of your financial data (including credit card information) or Social Security numbers were involved, and no passwords were compromised,” the company said. “However, you should know that some of your personal information may have been exposed, which may have included one or more of the following: name, billing zip code, phone number, email address, account number and account type (prepaid or postpaid).”

The company said customers affected by the breach have been or should soon be notified. Customers are asked to contact Customer Care by dialing 611 on their phones or access two-way messaging on the T-Mobile app, iMessage, or MyT-Mobile.com if they have questions about their account or the incident. 

“We take the security of your information very seriously and have a number of safeguards in place to protect your personal information from unauthorized access,” the company said in a statement. “We truly regret that this incident occurred and are so sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.”

More information on the incident is at T-Mobile.com

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen says customer data was accessed in cyberattack

Customers who dined at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen between November 3, 2017 and January 2, 2018 may need to check their credit card accounts.

The American restaurant, first known as Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, said in a Wednesday news release that Darden Restaurants, the owner of the chain, was notified about a cyberattack incident involving restaurants in 23 states -- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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“We believe that payment card information, including card numbers, from guests who visited the affected Cheddar's restaurants between Nov. 3, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018, may have been exposed,” the news release said. “We estimate the exposure to be 567,000 payment card numbers; however, we continue to assess the scope of the incident.”

“Once Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen learned of this incident, we engaged a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate. Our current systems and networks were not impacted by this incident,”  the company said in a notification on its website. “The unauthorized access appears to have occurred on a network that was permanently disabled and replaced by April 10, 2018. It’s important to note that there are no indications of unauthorized access to the current Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen network and systems.”

The company is offering free identity protection services to affected customers.

“The trust our guests place in us is something we take very seriously, and we regret that this incident occurred,” Cheddar’s said in a statement. “We deeply value our relationships with our guests, and our priority is to assist those who may have been impacted by this incident. That is why we have arranged to have ID Experts provide identity protection services at no cost to those individuals.”

Customers who dined at affected restaurants during that time are encouraged to call 888-258-7280 for more information on identity protection services. They can also go to ide.myidcare.com/cheddars.

BrewDog DogHouse: ‘World's first’ craft beer hotel opens in Ohio this weekend

BrewDog will celebrate the opening of its new “beer-hotel” in Ohio this weekend. 

The brewery said the hotel, named the DogHouse, is the “world’s first craft beer hotel,” according to BrewDog’s website

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Named the DogHouse, the hotel in Canal Winchester, a city near Columbus, is the first of its kind and features 32 rooms, including eight deluxe suites and a workout facility, according to WBNS.

Other features include a lobby bar with games and activities, a marketplace for takeaway food, international continental breakfast daily and select dog-friendly rooms. Guests also will have views of the brewery throughout in order to watch the brewers work.

All rooms include in-room refrigerators stocked with BrewDog beers, in-shower fridges, in-room taps, 42-inch flat screens and plenty more.

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In addition to the craft beer escape, BrewDog also has unveiled its on-site, interactive beer museum. This 6,000-square-foot space provides a journey through the brewing process, a deep dive into the history of craft beer, and a hands-on experience of "the fundamental four" ingredients that contribute to the creation of a craft beer.

Established in 2007, BrewDog has grown from selling craft beer in the United Kingdom to exporting to 60 countries and 49 bars around the world.

The first night patrons can sleep at the DogHouse hotel will be Aug. 26, according to the website.

Read more here.

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