Retail Archive

Coulson Oil Launches Diamond State Equipment

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/6/2014 10:36 am

Coulson Oil of North Little Rock launches Diamond State Equipment to function as a distributor of fuel dispensers, tanks and other industry equipment and services used by the retail outlets it serves.

Murphy USA Reports 3Q Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/6/2014 09:56 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado on Thursday announced third-quarter income from continuing operations of $67.2 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, on revenues of $4.68 billion.

ARK Challenge's Skosay Looks to Open Private Channels for Consumers

by Mark Carter 11/6/2014 09:23 am

Fayetteville's Skosay has developed a private two-way communications channel for customers and businesses to share feedback in real time, and wants to be that next big NWA venture.

AP Correction: All 75 Counties Approve Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 10:47 am

Every county in Arkansas supported a ballot measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017.

Wal-Mart Will Open 5,000th US Store in Greenbrier

by Lance Turner 11/4/2014 01:14 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville is close to another milestone: its 5,000th store. The store, a Neighborhood Market, will open at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Greenbrier.

Apartments, Ace Hardware Subjects of Million-Dollar Deals in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Multifamily and retail properties were at the heart of two seven-digit transactions in Conway.

Ag-Pro Deal Raises Number of Greenway Dealerships to 28

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a string of seven Arkansas John Deere dealerships in September bumps the dealership total to 28 for Greenway Equipment Inc., which also owns five John Deere projects in southeast Missouri.

After You Vote, Go Spend (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 11/3/2014 12:00 am

November is finally here. The can't-end-soon-enough political advertising, polls and phone calls are coming to an end. Congratulations to the political winners. It's now your job to be the kind of stewards of public policy that give consumers the very best opportunities to participate in a growing Arkansas economy — and spend.

Little Rock Entrepreneurs Raising Funds — And Profile — With Kickstarter

by Jan Cottingham 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A couple of Arkansas entrepreneurs who recently reached their business funding goals through Kickstarter say the crowdfunding platform may be even better at generating interest — and potential customers — than it is at raising money.

Vitamin Shoppe Attracts $3.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Big projects in North Little Rock change hands with an 8,200-SF retail project on McCain Blvd., a big piece of a 276,231-SF Gregory Street warehouse, and the closed Belwood Elementary school.

Household Debt: Delinquency Rate Hits Lowest Point Since '08

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The New York Fed's Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit shows that overall household debt in the U.S. fell by $18 billion during the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first quarter. Housing debt stood at $8.62 trillion in the second quarter, while nonhousing debt was $3.02 trillion.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Apple Pay, CurrentC Shake Up the Checkout

by Mark Friedman 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The battle over mobile payment platforms is heating up. On one side is Apple Pay, which launched Oct. 20 and encourages users to pay for merchandise with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its rival is the payment system backed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and about 50 other retailers: CurrentC, created by a joint venture called MCX, the Merchant Customer Exchange of Boston.

State Supreme Court Remands Alcohol Question

by Arkansas Business Staff and The Associated Press 10/31/2014 05:32 pm

A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court has sent a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in Saline County back to circuit court to determine if there are enough valid signatures to put the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Wal-Mart Offers Free Shipping, 'Rollbacks' As Holiday Arms Race Begins

by Associated Press 10/31/2014 10:37 am

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts.

Wal-Mart's Japan Stores, Seiyu, Will Close 30 Stores

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 02:38 pm

Wal-Mart says its Japanese unit Seiyu plans to close 30 underperforming stores.

Wal-Mart Tests Matching Prices With Online Rivals

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 09:59 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors like Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

Cleared for Ballot, Wage Hike Faces Easy Path

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/30/2014 09:10 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to keep a minimum wage hike on the ballot removes the last major hurdle for a proposal that is gaining bipartisan support and faces no organized opposition as Election Day nears.

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

by Associated Press 10/29/2014 11:27 am

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.

Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

by Mark Carter 10/28/2014 09:30 am

Bentonville finds itself in the Advertising Age spotlight Tuesday. Ad Age has a look at how Bentonville -- aka Vendorville -- and the region have been transformed by the growth of Wal-Mart and its cache of vendors on the ground in northwest Arkansas.