Retail Archive

Fayetteville Site Draws Starbucks (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 9/29/2014 12:00 am

The word that Starbucks is coming to Wedington Drive in west Fayetteville is now official, and the coffee shop is bringing some dental care, too.

Bank Branch Trio Generates $3.45M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Three former Metropolitan National Bank branches combined for a $3.45 million transaction. A 3-acre parking lot in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.7 million deal. And a 50-room motel in Jacksonville changed hands in a $1.2 million deal.

Developers Reimagine Conway's Oak Street

by Michelle Corbet 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Conway's downtown has traditionally ended where Oak Street intersects with bustling Harkrider Street, but city planners and commercial developers are attempting to push that historic envelope further to the east. Developers plan to link historic downtown Conway with additional options of dining, shopping and health care along Conway's reimagined vision for Oak Street.

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

by Jan Cottingham 9/29/2014 12:00 am

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan.

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Once upon a time, the current site of the Gateway Town Center and Bass Pro developments was slated to be part of a grand 1.1 million-SF regional mall development. The fabled Otter Creek Mall never achieved escape velocity from its drawing board concept unveiled on April Fool's Day in 1980.

Community Bankers Group Responds to Wal-Mart's GoBank Checking Accounts

by Lance Turner 9/25/2014 11:05 am

We've reported how banks have cast a wary eye at Wal-Mart's ever-expanding foray into financial services. The retailer unveiled its latest move yesterday: a mobile checking account produced in partnership with Green Dot called GoBank.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Superior Chevrolet Switches Hands in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

A Tulsa investor paid nearly $3 million for the former home of Superior Chevrolet in Conway.

Landers Auto Dealership Drives $22.1M Toyota Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Luther Auto Group's acquisition of Steve Landers Toyota in Little Rock generated a real estate transaction valued at $22.1 million. A former Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.76 million sale. And a 27,832-SF piece of the Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $1.2 million.

UCA Moves Forward with Feasibility Study on Mixed-Use Development

by Lee Hogan 9/19/2014 10:42 am

The University of Central Arkansas moved a step closer to putting a mixed-use building on campus after its board of trustees on approved a feasibility study for issuing bonds for a proposed 67,500-SF center at the corner of Donaghey Avenue and Bruce Street.

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.