Retail Archive

Stroller Strides Offers Class at McCain Mall

by Eric Monson 4/14/2014 12:00 am

The Stroller Strides franchise in central Arkansas recently expanded with a new class location at McCain Mall in North Little Rock.

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

Creating Content That Connects (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Here are some some simple tips for managing the way you create and share customer-relevant content. If you want to engage your customer audience in ways that help you create awareness, build membership, raise money and/or sell stuff, then seek first to avoid the ways so many content-marketing efforts get messed up.

Franklin McLarty on What Big Auto Manufacturers Must Do to Stay on the Road (Executive Q&A)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Franklin McLarty, 39, has had careers in hotels, automobiles, global business and politics. From 2003 to 2005, he was vice president of McKibbon Hotel Group. In 2005, he joined the family business, RML Automotive of Little Rock, helping manage auto dealership franchises across the country. He also is a senior adviser to the Markham Group of Little Rock, a political affairs and campaign management firm.

Portion of Alcoa Exchange Racks Up $24.5M Sale

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Recent million-dollar deals include a big piece of the Alcoa Exchange retail center in Saline County, a 7.4-acre grocery development in Cabot and a Conway Dollar General store.

Judge Refuses to Halt Wal-Mart Proxy Distribution

by Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:32 am

A federal judge in Delaware refused on Friday to issue an injunction prohibiting Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include a Manhattan church parish's proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line

by Associated Press 4/10/2014 10:01 am

Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Boulevard Bread Co. Expanding Heights Location

by Lee Hogan 4/8/2014 03:22 pm

The flagship location of Boulevard Bread Co. is growing. Boulevard is expanding into the former New Traditions store on N. Grant Street in the Heights.

Multifamily Vacancy Up, Development 'Hot' Along I-540 in Bentonville, Rogers

by Marty Cook 4/8/2014 10:15 am

Vacancy rates for multifamily housing in northwest Arkansas rose in the second half of 2013, according to a Skyline Report from Arvest Bank released Tuesday.

Wal-Mart to Expand Wholesale Outlets in India

by Associated Press 4/8/2014 09:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will open 50 more wholesale stores in India over the next four to five years, adding to the current total of 20 in the country.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Johnny Kincaid To Leave Whisenhunt

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Johnny Kincaid, chief operating officer at Little Rock's Whisenhunt Investment Group, will be leaving the firm by midyear.

Dillard's 2013 Ad Buys from Stephens Media Companies Slip in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

In 2013, Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock spent $3.91 million for advertising to media companies associated with Little Rock investor Warren Stephens.

Labeed Diab Replaces John Agwunobi as Head of Wal-Mart's Health & Wellness Division

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Dr. John Agwunobi, who joined the Bentonville retailer in 2007 as president for the professional services division in the U.S., departed late last month. Agwunobi's replacement is Labeed Diab, whose title is senior vice president and president for health and wellness. Diab had been senior vice president for Wal-Mart U.S.'s Midwest Division.

Wage Proposal Could Have Coattails (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:23 pm

Supporters of a minimum wage increase in Arkansas say they're hoping to win support from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But with two of their top candidates supporting the proposal, Democrats clearly hope the issue has coattails.

NY Post Reports Alice Walton Might Be Buyer of $70M Penthouse

by Mark Friedman 4/4/2014 11:06 am

The NY Post reported Thursday that Alice Walton, the daughter of Sam Walton and founder of Bentonville's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is rumored to be the mystery buyer of the $70 million, "Jewel of Fifth Avenue," the most expensive co-op in New York's history.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Survey: US Companies Add 191K Jobs in March

by Associated Press 4/2/2014 11:31 am

A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter.