Wal-Mart Delivers Retail Boost to NWA Cities

by Marty Cook  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 12:00 am  

Ginn said the Bentonville downtown square has become quite popular but finding space for major projects is a time-consuming, expensive project. The growth and demand make the effort worth it.

“It’s not just retail; it’s all kinds of projects,” Ginn said. “People are looking at the vibe. It all adds to the quality of life.”

Harvey said northwest Arkansas had big job-creation news in recent years with companies moving to the area or existing ones expanding. The region had the fourth-best increase in jobs by percentage in 2013.

Harvey said he doesn’t expect any big announcements soon, which is why activity like Walmart’s opening is key to continue the economic recovery momentum.

“Walmart is basically a magnet for other retailers and money,” Harvey said.

Several communities in northwest Arkansas certainly hope so.



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