With Whole Foods, Amazon on Collision Course with Wal-Mart

With Whole Foods, Amazon on Collision Course with Wal-Mart
The Whole Foods Market in Fayetteville.

With its $14 billion purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc., Amazon announced its intention to take on Wal-Mart in the brick-and-mortar world.
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Central Arkansas Retail Holding Pattern Reflects Transitions In Market

Occupancy in the Central Arkansas retail market declined to 94.3 percent during the first quarter compared to 95.1 percent a year ago.
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McCain Mall Sues David's Burgers This article is available only in print.

McCain Mall last week sued David's Burgers alleging the burgeoning central Arkansas burger chain failed to open a location in the North Little Rock mall as promised.
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