Retail Rebounds in Little Rock Market

by George Waldon  on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 12:00 am  

Signs of life return to the greater Little Rock retail scene as empty dtorefronts draw new tenants, such as such as the Apple Store set to open Aug. 20.

The Wal-Mart at 700 S. Bowman Road in west Little Rock that went dark after the company opened its Shackleford Crossings supercenter is destined for redevelopment. At last report, the 150,000-SF store, next door to Sam's, will be transformed into a supercenter.

Retail watchers report that Lowe's is close to finalizing a decision for a new project in west Little Rock, which would mark a return to town after a 25-year hiatus.

The North Carolina home improvement chain has its eyes on the northwest corner of Kanis and Bowman roads.

Over the years, the company scouted and passed on several Little Rock locations.

Some  would-be sites are now home to Sports Academy, Sports Authority, Garden Ridge and the future Baptist Health satellite campus at the southwest corner of Chenal Parkway and Highway 10.



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