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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

Return on Equity: Top 14 Performers Dot Arkansas

Fourteen lenders based in Arkansas produced returns on equity (ROE) that topped 13 percent during 2014. The banks were scattered across the state and represented some of the largest and smallest financial institutions. read more >

Wingate by Wyndham Hosts $2.9 Million Sale (Real Deals)

The sale of a 62-room hotel in North Little Rock weighed in at $2.92 million. A 20,332-SF building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a $975,000 transaction. And a 1,728-SF convenience store in west Pulaski County is under new ownership after a $519,875 sale. read more >

Jonesboro Developer Bruce Burrow's Pyrrhic Victory

Officially launched 11 years ago, The Mall at Turtle Creek represents a landmark development long envisioned for the property by Bruce Burrow. The hybrid retail project — part mall and part lifestyle center — became a high-water mark in his storied career. read more >

Value of $1 Million-Plus Deals Jumps 70 Percent

The number of $1 million-plus commercial real estate deals in Pulaski County didn't increase significantly during 2014. But the same can't be said for the dollar total of the transactions, which ballooned by a whopping 70 percent compared with 2013. read more >

$6 Million Transaction Visits LR Airport Hotel (Real Deals)

A 201-room hotel and adjoining restaurant in east Little Rock tipped the scales at $6 million. Two Walgreens were sold for a combined $10.7 million. And the Village Shopping Center in Little Rock rang up a $3.04 million sale. read more >

Downtown Residence Inn Draws $17.5 Million Sale (Real Deals)

Ownership of a 107-room hotel in downtown Little Rock shifted in a transaction valued at $17.5 million. The sale of a west Little Rock auto dealership weighed in at $6.4 million. read more >

John Rogers $2.5 Million Sham Deal Included Honus Wagners

If there's a single deal that captures the fast-and-loose dealings of John Rogers, it is his purported purchase of The Oklahoman newspaper photo archives for $2.5 million in July 2011. read more >

Gander Mountain Draws $7.2 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

The sale of a 123,872-SF store in Sherwood tipped the scales at $7.2 million. A 25,000-SF office-warehouse facility in North Little Rock weighed in at $2.19 million. And the location for a convenience store development in west Little Rock was assembled in two deals totaling $2.1 million. read more >

‘Sovereign' Actions Delay, Fail to Stop Foreclosures

Two long-running foreclosure actions involving the west Little Rock homes of similarly named brothers are winding down as their legal maneuverings are playing out. read more >

Grand Jury Indicts 4 Tied to One Bank Loans to Alberto Solaroli

A grand jury indictment names a quartet of former top executives at One Bank & Trust in an alleged conspiracy to defraud the federal government. read more >