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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

Colliers International Arkansas Merges with Irwin Partners

Irwin Partners of Little Rock is merging with the Colliers International Arkansas effective Oct 2. read more >

New Arlington Hotel Ownership Arrives in Hot Springs with New Controversy This article is available only in print.

Aesthetic concerns at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa have escalated into public safety concerns and put its developer Al Rajabi on the clock. read more >

Rajabi Leaves Texas Project After Dispute With City Officials This article is available only in print.

The prickly civic discourse directed by Al Rajabi toward Hot Springs city hall concerning his newly purchased Arlington Hotel isn't a first. read more >

Multifamily Trio Add Up to $21.9M Transaction (Real Deals) This article is available only in print.

Affiliates of Republic Funds of Toronto purchased the 258-unit Spanish Rock Apartments, the 224-unit Spanish Jon's project and the 120-unit Wilmington Apartments project. read more >

For Arvest, Bear State The Biggest Buy Ever

The proposed $391 million cash purchase of Little Rock's Bear State Financial Inc. represents a historic acquisition for Arvest Bank of Fayetteville. read more >

First Arkansas Bank & Trust Branches Out Into Conway

First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville struck a $1.5 million deal to buy a Conway branch from Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff. read more >

Hideaway Serves Up $3.2M Transaction (Real Deals)

A 6,705-SF pizzeria in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $3.23 million. read more >

Summit House Receives $10.7M Owner Change (Real Deals)

An affiliate of DavisRE in Dallas bought the 165-unit high-rise apartment project in midtown Little Rock. read more >

Final Permitting Near for Sun Bio Pulp Mill

Construction could start late this year on the billion-dollar Sun Bio Material pulp mill near Gum Springs. But the building process for the sprawling Clark County complex is expected to begin in earnest early next year. read more >

Petsmart Property Draws $2.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

Arkansas Specialty Partners LLC, led by Dr. James Tucker, bought the Petsmart-Concentra project at 3470-80 Landers Road from the Horwitz-Bradley Revocable Living Trust of Los Angeles. read more >