Retail Archive

Clothing Chain Plato's Closet in Conway Offers Gently Worn Items

by Brandon Riddle 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Plato's Closet in Conway has a variety of men's and women's clothing as well as accessories for the teenager or 20-something looking for quality clothing at an affordable cost.

Oil Boom and Housing Bust Alter US Spending Trends

by Associated Press 8/7/2014 02:16 pm

North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.

Arkansas Consumer Spending Up Since 2009

by Associated Press 8/7/2014 01:24 pm

New government data shows that Arkansas had the second-lowest per-person consumer spending in 2012, but the state still saw a jump of more than 12 percent since 2009.

Murphy USA 2Q Income Up 4 Percent

by Michelle Corbet 8/7/2014 11:35 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado announces second-quarter income from continuing operations $73.2 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, up 4 percent from $70.3 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year.

Mark McLarty Buys Bale Honda in Little Rock

by Lance Turner 8/7/2014 09:01 am

Mark McLarty has acquired Bale Honda in Little Rock from John H. “Johnny” Bale and John Sahene. The dealership will operate as Landers-McLarty Honda, with Steve Landers Jr. overseeing day-to-day operations.

Conway Chamber Previews Plans for Shopping Centers

by Lee Hogan 8/5/2014 09:51 pm

The Conway Chamber of Commerce gave hundreds of local residents a glimpse into the future of the city, and two proposed retail projects that could shape it into a regional shopping hub.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business' CFO of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2014 11:28 am

Arkansas Business is searching for the state's most outstanding chief financial officers for its sixth "CFO of the Year" awards. You can nominate CFOs here.

Arkansas Less Optimistic Than Oklahoma, Missouri in Arvest Consumer Survey

by Lee Hogan 8/5/2014 10:29 am

The second phase of Arvest Bank's consumer sentiment survey found Arkansans have a less optimistic outlook on current conditions and expectations than respondents in Oklahoma in Missouri.

Arkansas Starts Fiscal Year Below Forecast

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 09:43 am

Arkansas finance officials say sluggish corporate and sales tax collections pushed the state's revenue below forecast and the same month last year as it began the fiscal year.

Wal-Mart's Website to Personalize Shopping

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 09:39 am

Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer.

Springdale First in Northwest Arkansas To Get CNG Fuel Station

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Heath Ward, the executive director of Springdale Water Utilities, says it was an easy decision to commit to buy two vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Holiday Shopping Trends Start Now (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Whether you're a family with school-age children, a college student or just a smart shopper, back-to-school — BTS — means making the most of every dollar for everything from school supplies and clothes to shoes, appliances and furniture. Consumer research indicates that BTS shoppers are most interested in getting more for less. They expect it. That's why smart retailers should be launching their best promotions right now, during August.

Conway Renovations To Roll Over Rink

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

One Conway institution will be renovated to match the new restaurants and shops that will soon occupy Oak Street, and the other will be sold and demolished.

Our Community, Our Dollars Ends Efforts in Faulkner, Craighead Counties

by Lee Hogan 7/31/2014 06:50 pm

Our Community, Our Dollars says it will turn all its efforts for the legalization of retail alcohol sales to Saline County, and end its efforts in Faulkner and Craighead counties.

America's Car-Mart Adds Kenny Gunderman to Board

by Marty Cook 7/30/2014 02:42 pm

America's Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville adds Kenny Gunderman to its board of directors at the company's shareholders meeting Wednesday.

Reports: Wal-Mart Nabs Another Shopping App, Luvocracy

by Lance Turner 7/29/2014 11:25 am

@WalmartLabs, part of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s social media division, has acquired another shopping app, Luvocracy. Wal-Mart hasn't disclosed terms of the deal. Founded in 2011, Luvocracy has since been surpassed by Pinterest, another social shopping platform.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

CapRocq Takes Ownership Of Village on the Creeks (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The Village on the Creeks was transferred for no consideration from VOC Ltd. of Rogers to CapRocq VOC LLC of Little Rock on July 14.

Value Place Hotel Visited by $4M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/28/2014 12:00 am

A 121-room hotel in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.08 million. A 6,450-SF warehouse in southwest Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.26 million sale. And a 1.57-acre office site in west Little Rock changed hands in a $374,848 transaction.

Tide Dry Cleaners Opens 2 Sites in Little Rock

by Brandon Riddle 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Scott Thibault, president of J&M Foods of Little Rock, has entered into a franchise outside of the familiar gourmet cheese straw and cookie business. He and a partner have opened two Tide Dry Cleaners locations in Little Rock with plans to expand into outlying cities of the metro area.