Retail Archive

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.

Traditions That Just Need to End (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Smart retailers, the kind that survive, will adjust to consumer habits. They will recognize which things people buy online and which things they still want to buy in a store. But, as the NRF pointed out again last week, brick-and-mortar “Main Street” retailers deserve a level playing field.

Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola.

Gateway's Grove Project Adds to 2015 Commercial Construction

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

A 33-acre piece of Little Rock's Gateway Town Center development is poised to add some new commercial construction in 2015.

Opinions Divided On Dillard's REIT

by Mark Friedman 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Marcato Capital Management LP of San Francisco, which owns 4.9 percent of Dillard's Inc. stock, said in a news release last month that it wants the company to create a stand-alone real estate investment trust for its assets.

Wal-Mart Investment in Solar Energy Transforms Industry

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

Wal-Mart's investment in solar energy over the last nine years has paid off not only for the company, but also for its competitors and other businesses, as its scale has helped transform the industry.

VCC Goes Big in Vegas with $344M Downtown Summerlin Project

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Completing a half-built, 1.5 million-SF retail-office center in less than 18 months presented a desert challenge for VCC LLC. The sprawling Downtown Summerlin project in the western suburbs of Las Vegas also represented unfinished business for the Little Rock general contracting firm.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

US Adds 321K Jobs, Jobless Rate Stays 5.8 Percent

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 07:38 am

U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently healthy job gains.

Fed Survey Finds Improvement Across US Economy

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 09:14 am

The U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions around the country.

Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 07:24 am

From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

Cyber Monday Brings Wal-Mart Its Largest Day Ever Online

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 02:29 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville says Cyber Monday was its biggest day ever for online orders.

Arkansas State, Haag Brown Partner for 26-Acre Commercial Development Project

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 12:30 pm

A partnership between Arkansas State University and Haag Brown Commercial of Jonesboro is eying a 26-acre tract in northeast Jonesboro for commercial development.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.