Retail Archive

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.

US Retail Sales Flat in July

by Associated Press 8/13/2014 08:18 am

U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.

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.

Wal-Mart: When It Comes to New Ideas, Try, Try Again

by Associated Press 8/12/2014 11:00 am

Wal-Mart took what it learned from the "Scan & Go" app to create another service: It found that customers like being able to track their spending, an insight that became the impetus for a program that enables shoppers to store electronic receipts.

Developers Eye Large Mixed-Use Development in Jonesboro

by Lee Hogan 8/11/2014 11:01 am

Developers hope to move a step closer to redeveloping a 200-acre plot of land at the intersection of U.S. 49 and Arkansas 351 after Tuesday's Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting.

Lawsuit in Arkansas Challenges Beer, Wine Sales Proposal in Texas

by Associated Press 8/11/2014 09:43 am

Two Texarkana, Arkansas, liquor store owners are challenging a proposal to allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption in Texarkana, Texas.

Metro Builders Supply Leads Off Quartet of Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Our new batch of million-dollar transactions features a commercial project, a nonprofit building, a retail site and a big house.

Whistleblower Case Alleges Fraud Against Wal-Mart

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

A former executive of a personal care products company said she was canned for reporting an alleged fraud that her firm was committing against its biggest customer — Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Back to School By the Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

A look at the money spend on education in the United States, from nursery school to college.

Midtowne Little Rock Sells for $41.4 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/11/2014 12:00 am

A 126,288-SF retail center in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $41.45 million. Construction of a 9,000-SF retail building in west Little Rock is trailing a $1 million land deal. And development of a Noah's event center in west Little Rock is following an $859,636 land sale.

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.