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The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

by Mark Carter 12/19/2014 09:38 am

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November.

IKEA is Coming to Memphis

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 11:22 am

Everyone's favorite Swedish furniture store is coming to Memphis. That's right. Pretty soon, Arkansas shoppers will only be a couple hours away from IKEA.

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 10:27 am

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Identity Theft Victims Face Months of Hassle

by Associated Press 12/16/2014 08:59 am

While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

David Allan Pivots from Acorn Hours to Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 12/15/2014 10:01 am

David Allan, who founded Little Rock startup Acorn Hours and guided it through the 2014 fall installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator, has pivoted. Allan is the new CEO of Tagless Style, another Little Rock startup that participated in the ARK this fall.

Superior Space in Conway Attracting High-End Hotel, Restaurant Interest

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Conway's resurgence is keeping T.J. Lefler's phone ringing. Lefler says he has serious inquiries from several hotels as well as a handful of upscale restaurants that are interested in some prime real estate.

New Kroger Marketplace in Benton Worth $12M, To Be Built by Summer 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A 123,000-SF Kroger Marketplace under construction in Benton is worth $12 million, according to the building permit on file with the city.

Bentonville Retail Center Sold for $1.35M

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The strip center at 231 N. Walton Blvd. is occupied by Papa John's Pizza, Wingstop, Rent-A-Center and Kumon Math & Reading Center.

Sherwood Walgreens Tops Million-Dollar Quartet of Sales in Pulaski County

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A Walgreens in Sherwood is the leader of this week's quartet of million-dollar transactions in Pulaski County.

Shadow Lake, Turtle Creek Apartments Tandem Sales Surpass $40.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The 296-unit Shadow Lake Apartments at 13111 W. Markham St. sold for $26.87 million and the 216-unit Turtle Creek Apartments at 601 Napa Valley Drive went for $13.71 million.

Beneficiary Ads Fail To Raise Sales for Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A $300,000 investment by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to promote scholarship beneficiaries, including on-field promotions at college football games this fall, appears to have had little impact on sales.

Like Low Gas Prices? So Does the Station Owner

by Associated Press 12/12/2014 11:26 am

So you think you are finally getting one over on the gas stations as you pay well under $3 a gallon for the first time in four years? Guess again.

Bass Pro Shops Buys Ranger Boats

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 05:01 pm

Bass Pro Group LLC, the privately held outdoor and hunting supply retailer, is buying Fishing Holdings LLC of Flippin, which makes Ranger Boats, Stratos and Triton fishing boat brands.

Wal-Mart CEO Says Company's U.S. Workers Will Soon Make Above Federal Minimum Wage

by Lee Hogan 12/11/2014 02:47 pm

Employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville have protested for an increase in wages, and according to company CEO Doug McMillon, that raise is coming soon.

More Changes at Wal-Mart's US Division; Judith McKenna New COO

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/10/2014 03:28 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville on Wednesday announced another executive change at its U.S. stores division. Judith McKenna has been promoted to COO of Walmart U.S. She will report to Greg Foran, who took over as CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. stores in August.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 01:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Fort Smith No. 1 in Arkansas Tech Business Index for September, 3Q

by Lee Hogan 12/9/2014 10:27 am

Fort Smith returned to the top of the Arkansas Tech University Business Index in September, and also led the way in the third-quarter rankings.

Downtown Partnership Leader Sharon Priest to Retire

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 01:45 pm

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership said Monday that its executive director, Sharon Priest, will retire at the end of January.

Kohl's Keeps Bright in Eyes of EPA

by Sean Beherec 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Kohl's was ranked second in the country behind Wal-Mart for the most installed solar capacity in a report release in October by the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Ikea was recognized for having the highest percentage of its stores with a solar array.

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