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George Waldon

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George Waldon joined Arkansas Business in 1985 as an associate editor and has covered a smorgasbord of topics during his tenure, ranging from weighty matters to the absurd. He grew up in Corning (Clay County), graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and worked as a general assignment reporter at the El Dorado News-Times before signing on with Arkansas Business.

Waldon edits Arkansas Business' Whispers column and writes the weekly Real Deals column on Arkansas real estate transactions. He's also one of the state's most experienced banking reporters.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

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

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. read more >

Projects, Transactions Increase Office Space, Fuel Optimism

The vacancy rate for office space in the Pulaski County office market stood at 11.3 percent, according to a survey of more than 14 million SF by the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange. That was a stronger showing than the national average of 15.8 percent. read more >

Declining Vacancy Rate Marks Retail Market

The Pulaski County retail market remains on a roll with a shrinking vacancy rate that stands at about 5 percent. The tightening vacancy trend remains in force despite new construction adding to the census of 357 properties with more than 17.1 million SF, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange. read more >

Industrial Market Shows Unusual Activity Rate

The average vacancy rate in the Pulaski County industrial market during the past 12 months declined to 10.7 percent. That figure stood at about 12.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013. read more >

NLR Sports Memorabilia Dealer John Rogers Sued for Missed Payment

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. read more >

Carrington Complex Draws $21.5 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

A 202-unit apartment complex in west Little Rock weighed in at $21.5 million, and a 1,209-SF bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.22 million sale. read more >

Bank of the Ozarks 2Q Earnings Up 30 Percent

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock today reported second quarter net income of $26.5 million, a 29.9 percent increase compared to 2013, and net income for the first two quarters was up more than 28 percent. CEO George Gleason noted recent acquisitions but said it's the company's "ability to organically grow our portfolio of high quality, good yielding loans and leases" that have been even more important. read more >

Midtown Walgreens Sells for $6.1 Million (Real Deals)

A Walgreens pharmacy in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $6.1 million. A 342,800-SF warehouse in south Little Rock weighed in at $2 million. And a 7,800-SF retail building in southwest Little Rock is under new ownership after a $743,000 sale. read more >

$6.2M Transaction Visits Village Green Apartments (Real Deals)

A 172-unit apartment project in southwest Little Rock weighed in at $6.2 million. Entities with common ownership were on either side of a $960,000 transaction in downtown Little Rock's The Residences at Building 5. read more >

Purchases Spur Redevelopment Of Bank Branch Sites

Two competitors recently stepped into the Pulaski County banking market to replace Metropolitan National Bank and National Bank of Arkansas. Even with the redevelopment of four NBA branches, Pulaski County has no shortage of banking locations, with 199 full-service branches operated by more than two dozen lenders. read more >