Retail Archive

Labor Force Down Across State, Five Metro Areas in July

by Lee Hogan 8/27/2014 10:13 am

While the number of unemployed workers and the unemployment rate in Arkansas and its six metropolitan areas was lower in July than a year ago, the labor force was also down in Arkansas and in five metropolitan areas.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans Have Debts, Saving Rates Similar to Region

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 09:18 am

Arkansas consumers have similar debts and saving rates to their neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the final release of the first Arvest Bank Consumer Sentiment Survey.

LR Retail Centers Draw $6.1 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two retail projects in southwest Little Rock tipped the scales at $6.1 million. Geyer Springs Shopping Center LLC of Brooklyn, New York, bought its namesake 152,852-SF property at 8717 Geyer Springs Road and the 21,760-SF Geyer South project at 8521 Geyer Springs Road.

Clothes Mentor Opens in NLR, Plans More Sites

by Brandon Riddle 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Clothes Mentor, a franchise based in Columbus, Ohio, has opened its first location in Arkansas in North Little Rock and plans to open two additional stores in Little Rock and Conway.

First Mini Dealership in State Uses Enhanced IT Solutions

by Brandon Riddle 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Parker Mini of Little Rock opened earlier this year as the first MINI dealership in the state. The dealership, owned by the Parker Automotive Group, uses information technology services unique to the dealership provided by the Computer Hut of Little Rock as a way to promote its “Dare to be different” strategy.

Emily Plaza To Get New Look, CVS to Start Construction in Springdale (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Mathias Shopping Centers Inc. of Springdale did a $2.5 million swap with Five Forty Properties LLC of Little Rock. And CVS Caremark Corp. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is scheduled to begin construction later this month on a pharmacy in Springdale.

Zoës Kitchen, Chipotle Step Up to Plate of College Marketplace

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two eateries are in the pipeline to set up shop at College Marketplace in Fayetteville: Zoes Kitchen Inc. of Plano, Texas, and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Car-Mart Net Revenue Up Slightly While Net Income Slips

by Marty Cook 8/20/2014 06:06 pm

The company said diluted earnings per share were 79 cents, the same as a year ago but more than the average analyst estimate of 62 cents.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Fort Smith Stays on Top of Arkansas Tech Business Index; 11 Cities Improve

by Lee Hogan 8/18/2014 10:19 am

For the third month in a row, Fort Smith remained on top of the Arkansas Tech Business Index, according to data compiled for May.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

Co-op Ozark Natural Foods Preps for Whole Foods Competition in Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When Whole Foods announced its plans in the spring to locate a store in Fayetteville, it elicited cheers from fans of the high-end grocery store and concern from supporters of Fayetteville's own organic Ozark Natural Foods, the state's only grocery co-operative.

Clarion Hotel Medical Center Recycled for $5M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A 262-room hotel in midtown Little Rock changed hands in a $5 million foreclosure sale. The 5.22-acre development was tied to a November 2003 mortgage of $14 million held by Jonesboro's Liberty Bank of Arkansas, which became part of Centennial Bank in 2013.

Newport Retailer Jamie Darling Takes to the Road In Airstream

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Darling's Fine Things owner Jamie Darling is taking to the road in a refurbished Airstream she purchased earlier this year, offering a mobile retail experience to customers in the Delta.

Landers Toyota, Baptist Health School Subjects of Latest Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Our latest lineup of big real estate transactions features a quartet, three in the capital city and one in North Little Rock.

Some New CVS Pharmacy Locations Seek Beer and Wine Permits

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

CVS Caremark Corp. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is wading deeper into the Arkansas market, and some locations plan to sell beer and wine.

Dillard's 2Q Profit Down 5 Percent, Same-Store Sales Up 1 Percent

by Lance Turner 8/15/2014 07:40 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock posted a 5 percent drop in second-quarter earnings, but same-store sales rose 1 percent. CEO William T. Dillard II says executives are "somewhat disappointed in the bottom line performance."

Rosalind Brewer Becomes Northwest Arkansas Council Co-Chair

by Lee Hogan 8/13/2014 03:32 pm

Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam's Club, has take over as co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council for 2014-15. She takes over for one of the council's founding members, Mark Simmons, who is also chairman of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs. Simmons served as co-chair since June 2013.

1 Year After Referendum Victory, Wal-Mart Opens Neighborhood Market in Russellville

by Mark Carter 8/13/2014 10:17 am

Russellville's first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened Wednesday, almost a year to the day after city voters upheld a zoning ordinance that made its construction possible.

James + James to Open First Store in Springdale

by Marty Cook 8/12/2014 11:13 am

James + James of Springdale will open its first store at 4217 South Thompson St. on Aug. 29.

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