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Carter's Leaving Midtown for Buckhead

A quick peek at news tidbits in and around Midtown

In October,  Carter’s, Inc., the country’s largest branded marketer of apparel exclusively for babies and young children, announced plans to consolidate its retail store and financial operations currently managed in its Shelton, Conn., facility with the company’s Midtown-based operations.

Carter’s, Inc., which is located at 1170 Peachtree Street in The Proscenium building, makes OshKosh B’gosh branded apparel. 

In making the October announcement, the company said it was evaluating its long-term space needs in the Atlanta area as approximately 200 new jobs were expected to be created in Atlanta principally in the areas of retail merchandising and store operations, finance, and information technology.

But those jobs won’t be coming to Midtown as the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Carter’s will be shifting its operation to Buckhead’s Phipps Tower.

Carter’s, which currently employs approximately 1,200 people in the Atlanta metropolitan area, will be terminating its current lease at The Proscenium building on Dec. 31, 2013. Read more for the ABC here.

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Ford Fry, owner The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist, has hired E.J. Hodgkinson as executive chef of his other westside restaurant, JCT. Kitchen & Bar. Hodgkinson will begin his new role at the Southern farmstead-style restaurant in early January.  He most recently served as chef de cuisine at Woodfire Grill.

“I’ve gotten to know E.J. through various culinary events and I’ve always thought he was an incredibly talented chef,” said Fry in a news release. “I think this is a great opportunity for both the restaurant and E.J. and I’m looking forward to seeing his influence reflected throughout the menu and cuisine.”

JCT. Kitchen & Bar is located in the Westside Urban Market at 1198 Howell Mill Road. The restaurant serves dinner Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch is served Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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The BB&T Atlanta Open, which was staged for the first time at Atlantic Station this past summer, has announced that the 2013 tournament will be played July 20-28. The first men’s event on the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series schedule also will include the world’s top-ranked doubles team and Olympic gold medalists Bob and Mike Bryan.

The Bryan brothers are among the most accomplished men’s doubles team of all time. Known for their match-clinching chest bumps, the 34-year-old twins recently won their 12th Grand Slam men’s doubles title at the 2012 US Open. That victory broke the record for men’s doubles team in the Open era held by Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. Overall, the Bryans hold 82 doubles crowns, more than any other men’s doubles team in history.

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As it continues to add both clients and team members, Wilbert News Strategies is changing its name to The Wilbert Group.

The Atlanta-based full-service communications firm, located at 1720 Peachtree Street, this year added clients including Midtown’s Equifax, a leading global provider of consumer and commercial data; Acculynk, a startup in the online payment space; Cooper Carry, a commercial architecture firm; Invest Atlanta, the economic development arm of the city of Atlanta; Atlantic Station, a retail-focused mixed-use project in Midtown; North American Properties, a commercial real estate development firm; Camana Bay, a New Urbanist mixed-use community in the Cayman Islands; and Manhattan Construction.

Founded three and a half years ago, The Wilbert Group offers capabilities including media relations, social media, thought leadership, crisis communications/issues management and content creation.

“Our new name, The Wilbert Group, more accurately represents that we are a full-service communications and public relations firm,” said Founder and President Tony Wilbert in a news release. “The Wilbert Group name also speaks to the fact that we have a strong team with excellent skills delivering results for clients every day.”

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Atlanta-based enterprise tech Big Data Analytics startup, Emcien, recently announced that renowned High-Performance Computing thought leader Dr. David A. Bader has joined the Emcien Advisory Board. 

Dr. Bader is a Georgia Tech professor and a recognized leader in designing large-scale parallel algorithms for data-intensive problems, such as social network analysis, as well as for his decades-long research and innovation in data-intensive computing. 

His interests are at the intersection of high-performance computing and real-world applications, including data analytics. His expertise adds to our relentless focus on developing the best-in-class suite of patented pattern-based analytics solutions and enables us to deliver significant value to our clients in insurance, banking and intelligence.

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