Retail Archive

US Consumer Sentiment Index Reaches 14-Month High

by Associated Press 9/26/2014 11:18 am

A measure of U.S. consumer confidence reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise.

Ford Recall Adds to Record Year for Automakers

by Associated Press 9/26/2014 11:17 am

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.

Groups Argue Over Alcohol Measure on Arkansas Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/26/2014 09:43 am

Opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all Arkansas counties argued Thursday it would lead to liquor stores opening near churches and schools, an accusation the group behind the measure denied as the two sides filed briefs before the state's highest court.

Wal-Mart Markets Face Opposition in Northeast Mississippi

by Associated Press 9/26/2014 09:38 am

Some Tupelo businesses and residents aren't too thrilled about the possibility of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. building three of its smaller-format Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets in the city, but they may not be able to halt what appears to be inevitable.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Landers Auto Dealership Drives $22.1M Toyota Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Luther Auto Group's acquisition of Steve Landers Toyota in Little Rock generated a real estate transaction valued at $22.1 million. A former Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.76 million sale. And a 27,832-SF piece of the Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $1.2 million.

Superior Chevrolet Switches Hands in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

A Tulsa investor paid nearly $3 million for the former home of Superior Chevrolet in Conway.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Wal-Mart to Increase Temporary Holiday Hiring by 10 Percent

by Associated Press 9/18/2014 10:47 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

Backers Ask Court to Dismiss Alcohol-Sales Lawsuit

by Associated Press 9/17/2014 08:00 am

Backers of a measure that would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to remove the proposal from the November ballot.

Bar Louie Coming to McCain Mall in 2015

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 04:44 pm

Bar Louie is opening its second location in Little Rock. The popular restaurant chain, which has 88 locations in 24 states, is set to open another spot at McCain Mall in North Little Rock early next year.

NY: Wal-Mart Levied Fictional 'Sugar Tax' on Soda

by Associated Press 9/16/2014 01:09 pm

New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.

Report: David Tovar Resigned From Wal-Mart Over Resume Falsehood

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 08:30 am

In an email to media Friday, David Tovar, vice president of communications for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, announced he will be leaving the retail giant Sept. 30.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Alcohol Fight Focuses on Local Control (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/15/2014 08:31 am

Near Arkansas' state Capitol, a billboard erected by opponents of a ballot measure to legalize alcohol sales statewide doesn't warn voters about potential dangers of expanded drinking. Instead, it tells them to vote to "keep tax dollars here."

West Little Rock Hosts $1.4M Boot City Buy (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Development of a 20,000-SF Cavender's Boot City store is in motion in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center after a $1.38 million land deal. And the Town Pump and its adjoining liquor store in Little Rock's Riverdale area changed hands in a $500,000 sale.

Mobile-Payment Battle Brews Between Apple, Wal-Mart

by Lee Hogan 9/12/2014 10:44 am

A major battle could be brewing between giants of the retail and technology world over how mobile payments will take hold in America.

Fort Smith Leads ATBI in Second Quarter of 2014

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 10:13 am

For the second quarter of 2014, Fort Smith remained the leading city on the Arkansas Tech Business Index.

Conway Voters Approve Bond Rededication for Street Improvements

by Lee Hogan 9/10/2014 09:56 am

With more than 75 percent of the vote on each question, Conway voters approved the rededication of a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a proposed shopping and lifestyle center.

Our Community, Our Dollars Files Appeal Over Saline County Alcohol Vote

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 04:25 pm

A local option ballot question committee, funded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Kum & Go of West Des Moines, Iowa, appeals to the Arkansas Supreme Court seeking to allow Saline County residents to vote on legalizing retail alcohol sales.