Restaurants & Food Archive

Half of WLR Warehouse Draws $3.8 Million Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/1/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 50 percent stake in Shackleford Corporate Center, a 177,650-SF warehouse project in west Little Rock, weighed in at $3.8 million.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.7 Percent in April

by Alexis Hosticka 5/27/2015 08:43 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of percentage point from March, coming in at 5.7 percent in April, according to a report Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Servics.

Farmland, Retail Property Highlight Recent Million-Dollar Deals in Lonoke County

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Farmland in south-central Lonoke County and a 6.7-acre office-retail development in Cabot compose our tandem of million-dollar transactions.

Wal-Mart Closes on Land for New Fayetteville Store (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. closed on a 6.1-acre property in south Fayetteville where the company plans to build a Neighborhood Market.

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year.

Coulson Oil Plots Growth With Change

by Sean Beherec 5/25/2015 12:00 am

From its founding in 1969, Coulson Oil Co. Inc. of North Little Rock has made changes in its business based on the market and newfound opportunities.

Summerwood Partners Uses Lessons Learned Over Two Retail Careers

by Jan Cottingham 5/25/2015 12:00 am

David and Doug Hendrix learned the retail grocery business from the bottom, starting as sackers at Safeway and working their way up to district managers at Harvest Foods Inc. of Little Rock, the company that emerged from the 1989 merger of Safeway and Skaggs Alpha Beta stores.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2015 11:01 am

The selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2016 class of inductees.

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

Affiliated Foods Bankruptcy Case Lingers with U.S. Bank Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Earlier this month, Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc. entered its seventh year in bankruptcy court. Affiliated Foods, once one of the state's largest private companies, reported $47.6 million in assets and $101.5 million in debt — $62.5 million of it unsecured — when it filed for bankruptcy on May 5, 2009.

Rock Town Whiskey Called 'Easy To Love' by Wall Street Journal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Little Rock's Rock Town Distillery received a favorable mention recently in the Wall Street Journal.

Mountain Pure Sues Supplier for Selling Resin Mixed With Metal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Even though the assets of the water bottling company were sold last year after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse, John Stacks retained control of the shell of the company.

Restaurateur Bruno Beqiri Pleads Guilty to Hot Check Charge

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Long-time central Arkansas restaurateur Bruno Beqiri of Bruno's Italian Bistro on Thursday entered a negotiated plea of guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court to what had been a felony hot check charge.

Whittling Away at the FOI (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We can't make a strong “it's in the public's interest” argument that these tax receipts should be public, but our public — meaning our readers, including restaurant owners, investors and workers — was interested, and we're sorry we will no longer be able to publish information so useful to the business community.

Smashburger to Open May 27 in Bentonville

by Marty Cook 5/14/2015 01:27 pm

Smashburger will open its Bentonville restaurant May 27 at 500 S.E. Walton Blvd.

VIC Portfolio Firm Develops Treatments for Poultry Bacteria

by Mark Carter 5/13/2015 10:01 am

Akeso Biomedical of Boston, a portfolio company of VIC Technology Venture Development of Fayetteville, announced Tuesday that it has licensed a new class of compounds to treat bacterial infections, including one transmitted to humans from chickens.

Whole Foods Giving Market Heap Of Help

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Whole Foods broke ground in August for its new location at the College Marketplace at 3525 N. College Ave., which is just south of the Northwest Arkansas Mall and new flyover bridge connector to the Fulbright Expressway.

No More 'Night Market' This Year in Little Rock River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Farmers Market's Tuesday market will return to morning to mid-afternoon hours once the Tuesday market opens on June 2. Last year's “night market” from 3-7 p.m. was an experiment that failed, said Diana Long, director of River Market operations.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

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