Retail Archive

Grant Goes to Arkansas Company Making Compostable Bag

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 02:45 pm

A company affiliated with the University of Arkansas that makes a compostable bag as a substitute for plastic bags has been awarded a $741,221 grant by The National Science Foundation.

Little Rock's Bourbon & Boots Launches Line at Dillard's

by Mark Carter 10/6/2014 10:59 am

The Little Rock startup, from former political wonk and serial entrepreneur Matt Price, recently signed on with Innovate Arkansas and signed up with Dillard's. In partnership with the Little Rock-based department store, Bourbon & Boots has launched its own line of Southern-themed jewelry.

Random Rants and Rates (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 10/6/2014 12:00 am

You've seen the arrows in other columns. An “up” arrow for OK, a “down” arrow for not OK. Since these icons have been used elsewhere, I have long thought they were the province of others. No longer. There really is no good reason why I can't employ a similar device as an efficient way to comment on, and perhaps rant about, a number of random consumer-related influences. So, here goes.

To Succeed, Liquor Stores Must Adapt

by Jan Cottingham 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Package stores face in an uncertain environment if voters in November approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.

Chuy's Buy Launches New Project in NLR (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/6/2014 12:00 am

A Chuy's restaurant project in North Little Rock was put in motion by a $1.14 million land deal. A 16,200-SF commercial project in North Little Rock is under new ownership after a $907,000 sale.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Betting on Graduates

by Michelle Corbet 10/6/2014 12:00 am

The direct link between college scholarships and gambling was something Arkansas' first state lottery commissioners weren't eager to point out, but a new class of commissioners is hoping to remind Arkansans of that link each time they attend a football game.

Report: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Ahead of Peers

by Marty Cook 10/3/2014 08:02 am

Northwest Arkansas job growth easily beat its peer regions, the state and the nation this past year, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Arkansas.

ARK Challenge: Tagless Continues Trend Toward Social Entrepreneurship

by Mark Carter 9/30/2014 11:12 am

Social entrepreneurship seems to be as important to today's rising generation of entrepreneurs as turning a profit. Gabe Couch's Tagless seeks to partner shoppers with personal stylists who will hook them up with nonprofit, second-hand clothing distributors.

Instagram CEO Joins Wal-Mart Board of Directors

by Lance Turner 9/29/2014 10:29 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville said Monday that Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of mobile photo-sharing service Instagram, has joined its board of directors.

Cole McCaskill on What's Central To Bringing More Tourists to Hot Springs

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Cole McCaskill is a Hot Springs native who recently stepped into the newly created position of downtown development director. His job is to manage the Hot Springs Metro Partnership's Strategic Plan for Downtown Development, which grew out of the February fire that destroyed the historic Majestic Hotel.

Vitamin Shoppe Leads Off Six-Pack of Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

McCain Plaza LLC of Los Angeles bought the Vitamin Shoppe at 4300 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $3.77 million from Quattro North Little Rock LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois.

Fayetteville Site Draws Starbucks (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 9/29/2014 12:00 am

The word that Starbucks is coming to Wedington Drive in west Fayetteville is now official, and the coffee shop is bringing some dental care, too.

Bank Branch Trio Generates $3.45M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Three former Metropolitan National Bank branches combined for a $3.45 million transaction. A 3-acre parking lot in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.7 million deal. And a 50-room motel in Jacksonville changed hands in a $1.2 million deal.

Developers Reimagine Conway's Oak Street

by Michelle Corbet 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Conway's downtown has traditionally ended where Oak Street intersects with bustling Harkrider Street, but city planners and commercial developers are attempting to push that historic envelope further to the east. Developers plan to link historic downtown Conway with additional options of dining, shopping and health care along Conway's reimagined vision for Oak Street.

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

by Jan Cottingham 9/29/2014 12:00 am

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan.

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Once upon a time, the current site of the Gateway Town Center and Bass Pro developments was slated to be part of a grand 1.1 million-SF regional mall development. The fabled Otter Creek Mall never achieved escape velocity from its drawing board concept unveiled on April Fool's Day in 1980.

Community Bankers Group Responds to Wal-Mart's GoBank Checking Accounts

by Lance Turner 9/25/2014 11:05 am

We've reported how banks have cast a wary eye at Wal-Mart's ever-expanding foray into financial services. The retailer unveiled its latest move yesterday: a mobile checking account produced in partnership with Green Dot called GoBank.

'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.

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.

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.