The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division began accepting applications for grocery store wine permits one week ago, a development permitted by the Legislature’s passage this year of Act 508, which allows grocery stores in “wet” counties to sell an expanded selection of wine.
Harps sold $708 million worth of groceries in the fiscal year that ended in August, enough to make it one of the 15 largest private companies based in Arkansas but a rounding factor for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., headquartered 18 miles away in Bentonville.
The 333 Executive Court Building in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A west Little Rock congregation expanded its holdings in a $3.65 million deal for a neighboring 45,528-SF grocery store. And two Little Rock nonprofits were on either side of a $1.11 million transaction.
Harps Food Stores Inc. of Springdale had the idea first, but its long delay in getting a store out of the ground on Highway 107 in north Pulaski County has encouraged competitors to start sniffing around.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas’ federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state.
The 70,400-SF Pinecrest Shopping Center in Brinkley was sold at auction back in May. The buyer in that $975,000 deal was Edprop Development Co. LLC, an affiliate of Edwards Food Giant. The purchase made Steve Edwards, president of the Marianna-based grocery chain, a landlord to a competitor: Kroger.
Kroger, already the country's largest traditional supermarket operator, is expanding its reach in key southeastern and mid-Atlantic states by snapping up regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.
The country's largest traditional supermarket operator, with stores throughout central Arkansas, on Thursday raised its profit outlook for the year after reporting a higher quarterly net income that beat Wall Street expectations.
Kroger at 14000 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, welcomes shoppers to a new Kroger Marketplace next to the old location at the same address, which is closed. A traffic light -- to be added by the end of the year -- will eventually help you get in and out.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy students and Kroger will partner to give free health screenings from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 1) at the 29 Kroger pharmacies throughout the state.
Turkey takes the spotlight at Thanksgiving. If you're pressed for time, focus on the bird and consider picking up several side dishes to lighten the work load. The staff of Little Rock Soiree have these suggestions on what to get and where to get it.