Retail Archive

Bar Louie Coming to McCain Mall in 2015

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 04:44 pm

Bar Louie is opening its second location in Little Rock. The popular restaurant chain, which has 88 locations in 24 states, is set to open another spot at McCain Mall in North Little Rock early next year.

Report: David Tovar Resigned From Wal-Mart Over Resume Falsehood

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 08:30 am

In an email to media Friday, David Tovar, vice president of communications for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, announced he will be leaving the retail giant Sept. 30.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

West Little Rock Hosts $1.4M Boot City Buy (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Development of a 20,000-SF Cavender's Boot City store is in motion in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center after a $1.38 million land deal. And the Town Pump and its adjoining liquor store in Little Rock's Riverdale area changed hands in a $500,000 sale.

Mobile-Payment Battle Brews Between Apple, Wal-Mart

by Lee Hogan 9/12/2014 10:44 am

A major battle could be brewing between giants of the retail and technology world over how mobile payments will take hold in America.

Fort Smith Leads ATBI in Second Quarter of 2014

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 10:13 am

For the second quarter of 2014, Fort Smith remained the leading city on the Arkansas Tech Business Index.

Conway Voters Approve Bond Rededication for Street Improvements

by Lee Hogan 9/10/2014 09:56 am

With more than 75 percent of the vote on each question, Conway voters approved the rededication of a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a proposed shopping and lifestyle center.

Our Community, Our Dollars Files Appeal Over Saline County Alcohol Vote

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 04:25 pm

A local option ballot question committee, funded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Kum & Go of West Des Moines, Iowa, appeals to the Arkansas Supreme Court seeking to allow Saline County residents to vote on legalizing retail alcohol sales.

Conway Kum & Go Leads Trio of Faulkner County Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The $3.6 million sale-leaseback of a super convenience store is atop this week's series of big-bucks real estate deals in Conway.

Arkansas, You're All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.

Redman: ‘Unfair' Price Increase Sparked Move Back to U.S. from China

by Marty Cook 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Mel Redman said he and his son began planning to move the manufacturing of a 6-volt battery-operated toy car from China to northwest Arkansas after Redman & Associates was hit with unexpected price increases a couple of years ago.

Toymaker Redman's Rough History Doesn't Deter State Investment

by Marty Cook 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The state's top economic development official said he has no undue concerns about a $2 million taxpayer investment in Redman & Associates, despite the CEO's bankruptcy a decade ago and subsequent litigation, including a lawsuit related to the product the company is manufacturing in Rogers.

Trans-Atlantic Trade Expedition Bears Promise of Arkansas Jobs

by George Waldon 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC, hinted that meetings in Europe would yield announcements in the not-so-distant future regarding new jobs and capital investment in Arkansas.

Update: 14 Laid Off By Toy Car Maker in Blow to Wal-Mart's 'Made in USA' Initiative

by Marty Cook and Gwen Moritz 9/5/2014 04:03 pm

Redman & Associates filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing a Chinese company of engaging in an "underhanded strategy" in an attempt to derail Wal-Mart's attempts to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

Little Rock Police Arrest 11 in Minimum Wage Protest

by Lance Turner 9/4/2014 10:31 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News reports that Little Rock Police arrested 11 people during a Thursday morning demonstration calling for a higher minimum wage.

Voting Underway in Conway Bond Rededication Special Election

by Lee Hogan 9/4/2014 07:21 am

Early voting in a Sept. 9 special election is underway in Conway, with voters considering whether to rededicate a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a large retail development.

Main Street Walgreens Tops List of Recent Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

This week's roster of million-dollar transactions includes samplings from the retail, residential and industrial sectors.

Greenway Picks 7 John Deere Dealerships in $112M Buy

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Greenway Equipment Inc. of Newport purchased a string of John Deere dealerships in Grady, England, Pine Bluff, Bryant, Conway, DeWitt and Stuttgart.

Arkansas Lottery Taps Daryl Backes as Security and Compliance Director (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Daryl Backes, former security chief for the Missouri Lottery, has been hired as security and compliance director for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in Little Rock. Backes fills the position vacated by the retirement of Lance Huey in July.

Metro Builders Property Weighs In at $3.8 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/1/2014 12:00 am

A commercial project in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $3.8 million transaction. Dozens of lots in North Little Rock's Villages of San Luis residential development were sold in combined transactions totaling $1.56 million. And a 17,234-SF nonprofit facility in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.35 million.