Retail Archive

Springdale First in Northwest Arkansas To Get CNG Fuel Station

by Marty Cook 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Heath Ward, the executive director of Springdale Water Utilities, says it was an easy decision to commit to buy two vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Holiday Shopping Trends Start Now (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Whether you're a family with school-age children, a college student or just a smart shopper, back-to-school — BTS — means making the most of every dollar for everything from school supplies and clothes to shoes, appliances and furniture. Consumer research indicates that BTS shoppers are most interested in getting more for less. They expect it. That's why smart retailers should be launching their best promotions right now, during August.

Conway Renovations To Roll Over Rink

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

One Conway institution will be renovated to match the new restaurants and shops that will soon occupy Oak Street, and the other will be sold and demolished.

Our Community, Our Dollars Ends Efforts in Faulkner, Craighead Counties

by Lee Hogan 7/31/2014 06:50 pm

Our Community, Our Dollars says it will turn all its efforts for the legalization of retail alcohol sales to Saline County, and end its efforts in Faulkner and Craighead counties.

America's Car-Mart Adds Kenny Gunderman to Board

by Marty Cook 7/30/2014 02:42 pm

America's Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville adds Kenny Gunderman to its board of directors at the company's shareholders meeting Wednesday.

Reports: Wal-Mart Nabs Another Shopping App, Luvocracy

by Lance Turner 7/29/2014 11:25 am

@WalmartLabs, part of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s social media division, has acquired another shopping app, Luvocracy. Wal-Mart hasn't disclosed terms of the deal. Founded in 2011, Luvocracy has since been surpassed by Pinterest, another social shopping platform.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

CapRocq Takes Ownership Of Village on the Creeks (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The Village on the Creeks was transferred for no consideration from VOC Ltd. of Rogers to CapRocq VOC LLC of Little Rock on July 14.

Value Place Hotel Visited by $4M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/28/2014 12:00 am

A 121-room hotel in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.08 million. A 6,450-SF warehouse in southwest Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.26 million sale. And a 1.57-acre office site in west Little Rock changed hands in a $374,848 transaction.

Tide Dry Cleaners Opens 2 Sites in Little Rock

by Brandon Riddle 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Scott Thibault, president of J&M Foods of Little Rock, has entered into a franchise outside of the familiar gourmet cheese straw and cookie business. He and a partner have opened two Tide Dry Cleaners locations in Little Rock with plans to expand into outlying cities of the metro area.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

Warren Stephens Bets on Britain's Bathstore

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Warren Stephens, whose wealth Forbes put at $2.6 billion as of Thursday and who appears on our Power List, made a splash earlier this month in the United Kingdom with his backing of a management buyout of Bathstore.

Bill Simon Stepping Down As Leader of Wal-Mart's U.S. Stores

by Lance Turner 7/24/2014 07:56 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville says Bill Simon, president and CEO of its U.S. stores, is leaving the company. The retailer named Greg Foran, 53, as his successor. Simon had been the leader of Wal-Mart's domestic operations since June 2010. Foran takes over on Aug. 9.

Fort Smith Stays on Top of Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Lee Hogan 7/21/2014 09:42 am

For the second consecutive month, Fort Smith had the highest ATBI value in April. The city saw a decrease of 1.6 points between March and April, however, its 106.99 rating was good enough to best its closest competitors.

NLR Sports Memorabilia Dealer John Rogers Sued for Missed Payment

by George Waldon 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A dispute over the $1.35 million acquisition of a treasure trove of historic Major League Baseball images recently took the field in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The heir and former keeper of the famed George Burke & George Brace Collection of photographic negatives sued North Little Rock businessman John Rogers and his Sports Card Plus Inc.

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

by Marty Cook 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Red Beauty Lounge Debuts in Heights

by Brandon Riddle 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Red Beauty Lounge, located in the Heights neighborhood in Little Rock, is a dream turned into reality for owner and stylist Amy Hester. The salon opened April 2 and plans to expand in the coming months.

Wal-Mart Bribery Case Creeps Along in Court

by Mark Friedman 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas ruled last month that a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico can move forward.