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Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.
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Douglas Companies in Conway Buys Missouri Convenience Store Distributor

Douglas Companies acquires Tri-Com, Inc., known as Convenience Store Services. The purchase agreement, signed Monday, means Douglas will now serve more than 800 accounts in six states.
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Dillard Family Members Paid $19 Million in 2013

2013 was not as lucrative as 2012 for the family that controls Dillard's Inc., but eight members of the Dillard family had compensation packages that totaled more than $19 million, according to the annual proxy statement released Wednesday.
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