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Marty Cook

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Marty Cook joined Arkansas Business in October 2013 after 19 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter. He covers the transportation industry and northwest Arkansas businesses.

Marty, a native of Shreveport, graduated from Missouri in 1993 with a bachelor of journalism. He, his wife and three daughters live in Fayetteville.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Car-Mart Stays the Course in Low-Interest Environment

Fiscal 2014, which ended April 30, was ‘a pretty stout year' for America's Car-Mart Inc., where sales were up but earnings were down 34 percent. Fortunately, the new year is looking better. read more >

Cliff Beckham's Exit from USA Truck ‘A Bit of a Victory Lap'

Thanks to conservative living and USA Truck's generosity — the company is letting Beckham keep a $75,000 bonus he received in April — Beckham doesn't have to make hasty job decisions any time soon. For 20 years he invested his disposable income in USA Truck stock, the same stock he nervously began to sell, for the first time, on Aug. 11. read more >

ADW Capital Takes 3 Percent Stake in USA Truck, Calls for CEO's Ouster

The managing member of ADW Capital Partners LP of New York City calls for a change in leadership and a selling off of divisions at USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren. read more >

Superior Closure Sparks Northwest Arkansas Efforts To Find Jobs for Workers

Melissa Turner says it was a somber day said when the news came that Superior Industries was closing its Rogers plant. But then the community stepped in, and not just Rogers either. read more >

Emily Plaza To Get New Look, CVS to Start Construction in Springdale (NWA Real Deals)

Mathias Shopping Centers Inc. of Springdale did a $2.5 million swap with Five Forty Properties LLC of Little Rock. And CVS Caremark Corp. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is scheduled to begin construction later this month on a pharmacy in Springdale. read more >

Car-Mart Net Revenue Up Slightly While Net Income Slips

The company said diluted earnings per share were 79 cents, the same as a year ago but more than the average analyst estimate of 62 cents. read more >

Co-op Ozark Natural Foods Preps for Whole Foods Competition in Fayetteville

When Whole Foods announced its plans in the spring to locate a store in Fayetteville, it elicited cheers from fans of the high-end grocery store and concern from supporters of Fayetteville's own organic Ozark Natural Foods, the state's only grocery co-operative. read more >

James + James to Open First Store in Springdale

James + James of Springdale will open its first store at 4217 South Thompson St. on Aug. 29. read more >

$21.5M Children's Museum 'Amazeum' Taking Shape in Bentonville

The Amazeum, billed as an interactive children's museum, isn't scheduled to open until 2015, but after years of planning it is at least beginning to take physical shape. read more >

Trucking Firms Raise Pay To Keep Moving

Listen to any Arkansas trucking company executive — with the possible exception of unionized ABF Freight — and you will hear lamentations about driver shortages in the industry. Short of cultural change to repopularize the job, executives know they have to pay more to attract drivers and work harder to keep them. The trend doesn't look like it is going to get any better anytime soon. read more >