Restaurants & Food Archive

Sam's Club Buys Land for Store in Springdale

by Marty Cook 3/30/2015 12:00 am

The new 136,000-SF store will be on 56th Street north of Arvest Ballpark after a dual purchase earlier this month. Sam's Real Estate Business Trust of Bentonville paid $12.4 million for approximately 71 acres near the intersection of 56th Street and Highway 412.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Jonesboro Developer Bruce Burrow's Pyrrhic Victory

by George Waldon 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Officially launched 11 years ago, The Mall at Turtle Creek represents a landmark development long envisioned for the property by Bruce Burrow. The hybrid retail project — part mall and part lifestyle center — became a high-water mark in his storied career.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Archie Schaffer IV Plans Big Star Bar in Beaver Electric Building

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Archie Schaffer IV last week moved one step closer to opening his Big Star bar in Fayetteville, the first solo venture for the northwest Arkansas restaurateur. Schaffer received conditional approval of his private club permit from Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Harps Sherwood Store Delayed by Dunkin' Donuts Details

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The site of a future Harps Foods Store at the northwest corner of Highway 107 and Oakdale Road has been graded, but no plan had been submitted to Sherwood city planners as of Thursday.

Conway Builders Enjoying Boom as City Expands

by Sean Beherec 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The city of Conway is on the verge — if it hasn't reached it yet — of a boom in commercial real estate availability. Just up Interstate 40 from Little Rock, the city has been the host of several recent development projects and is set to begin more in the coming years.

Stop Messing With SNAP (Tamara Bates Feedback)

by Tamara Bates 3/23/2015 12:00 am

As an American, I am frustrated that Congress continues its assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty.

Del Monte Will Close Sager Creek Operation in Wisconsin

by Mark Friedman 3/20/2015 09:04 am

Del Monte Foods of San Francisco, which recently bought Sager Creek Vegetable Co. of Siloam Springs, says it will close a vegetable processing plant in Pulaski, Wisconsin.

Gabe Holmstrom to Lead Downtown Little Rock Partnership

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2015 08:59 am

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership on Friday announced Gabe Holmstrom as its new executive director.

Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland Named Speaker for Bumpers Lecture Series at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2015 07:10 am

Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Chicago is the speaker for the fourth-annual Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the school announced Thursday.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.6 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2015 10:17 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent to January from December, and is a full percentage point below what it was the same time last year.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Headed to Rogers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Fuzzy's Taco Shop of Fort Worth is ready to try northwest Arkansas again.

Downtown Residence Inn Draws $17.5 Million Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Ownership of a 107-room hotel in downtown Little Rock shifted in a transaction valued at $17.5 million. The sale of a west Little Rock auto dealership weighed in at $6.4 million.

Two New Restaurant Projects Announced for Downtown Bentonville

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 11:58 am

Two new restaurant projects for downtown Bentonville were announced Friday: The Belfry and the relocation of the Pressroom. RopeSwing, a boutique hospitality company in Bentonville, is behind the projects, which will hold soft openings this summer.

Haag Brown to Develop New Retail Site in Searcy, Will Include Starbucks

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2015 01:29 pm

Haag Brown Development of Jonesboro announced plans Thursday for a new retail project that will include a Starbucks and Arkansas Braces at the corner of East Race and rand Drive in Searcy.

Del Monte Foods Buying Sager Creek of Siloam Springs for $75M Cash

by Lance Turner 3/11/2015 09:51 am

The operations and assets of the vegetable company formerly known as Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs are set to change owners once again in a $75 million cash deal. Del Monte Foods Inc. of San Francisco says it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Co.

They Just Eat It Up (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Restaurant news drives online business. There is no other industry that can be counted on to generate so much instantaneous online traffic.

We Speak Hendren (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Last week, State Rep. Kim Hendren was discussing House Bill 1077, which would require public universities and colleges in Arkansas to allow faculty and staff having concealed carry licenses to bring firearms on campus. "Without exception," said Hendren, "[the colleges and universities] said leave the law as it is."