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Harps Food Stores Contemplates Online Expansion
Kim Eskew, CEO of Harps Food Stores Inc., says that competition from Amazon is a growing concern, but more immediate competition comes from Walmart and a wave of new Dollar General stores.

Kim Eskew knows that Harps will eventually have to dip its toe into the e-commerce waters, but he isn't necessarily excited about it.
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After Court's Order, Leslie Rutledge Approves Wording for Ballot Measures

After Court's Order, Leslie Rutledge Approves Wording for Ballot Measures

Arkansas' attorney general has approved the wording for ballot measures that would raise the minimum wage, legalize casinos and change the redistricting process. That's after the state Supreme Court ordered her to certify the wage-hike proposal.
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Planning New Hospital, Medical Complex

Arkansas Heart Hospital Planning New Hospital, Medical Complex

The Arkansas Heart Hospital of Little Rock is planning to build a new hospital and medical complex in Bryant, according to documents submitted to the Bryant City Development Review Committee.
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The List Largest Private Companies

The 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas ranked by revenue, mostly provided by the companies themselves. Data also includes previous year's revenue, total employees and total Arkansas employees, year established, business description, top executive, and contact info.

Rank Name Current No. of Employees Companywide Year Established
1 Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield 2,900 1948
2 Stephens Inc. 855 1933
3 Mountaire Corp. 6,700 1914
4 RML Automotive 1,820 2004
5 McLarty Automotive Group 1,650 2014

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