Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

September 29, 2014

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

Once upon a time, the current site of the Gateway Town Center and Bass Pro developments was slated to be part of a grand 1.1 million-SF regional mall development. The fabled Otter Creek Mall never achieved escape velocity from its drawing board concept unveiled on April Fool's Day in 1980. read more >

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan. read more >

Commercial Property Filling Up in Northwest Arkansas

Experts think the commercial real estate market in northwest Arkansas is returning to normal; those who make their living in the industry agree. And they like the new normal. read more >

Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Pulaski County.

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NWA Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Washington and Benton Counties.

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Whispers

FDIC Sues Members of Acme's Golden Family over Unpaid Loans

FDIC Sues Members of Acme's Golden Family over Unpaid Loans

The president of Allied Bank's Acme Holding Co. and his sister are the subjects of federal lawsuits. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued Alex Golden and Amy Golden McCay in U.S. District Court in Atlanta over delinquent loans totaling more than $1 million. read more >

Executive Q&A

Cole McCaskill on What's Central To Bringing More Tourists to Hot Springs

Cole McCaskill on What's Central To Bringing More Tourists to Hot Springs

Cole McCaskill is a Hot Springs native who recently stepped into the newly created position of downtown development director. His job is to manage the Hot Springs Metro Partnership's Strategic Plan for Downtown Development, which grew out of the February fire that destroyed the historic Majestic Hotel. read more >

Spotlight: Commercial Real Estate

Developers Reimagine Conway's Oak Street

Developers Reimagine Conway's Oak Street

Conway's downtown has traditionally ended where Oak Street intersects with bustling Harkrider Street, but city planners and commercial developers are attempting to push that historic envelope further to the east. Developers plan to link historic downtown Conway with additional options of dining, shopping and health care along Conway's reimagined vision for Oak Street. read more >

Commercial Property Filling Up in Northwest Arkansas

Commercial Property Filling Up in Northwest Arkansas

Experts think the commercial real estate market in northwest Arkansas is returning to normal; those who make their living in the industry agree. And they like the new normal. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Arkansas Works Better When Arkansans Vote (Randy Zook Feedback)

Arkansas Works Better When Arkansans Vote (Randy Zook Feedback)

America works better when Americans vote, but Americans can't vote unless they are registered. There are millions of employees across the U.S. who have not registered to vote, but it isn't too late to get them registered. The Arkansas Prosperity Project, a grassroots coalition of local businesses and trade associations, is proud to participate in a Get Out the Vote strategy by and for the business community called “Employees Vote.” read more >

Tell Me a Story (Rob Anderson Commentary)

Tell Me a Story (Rob Anderson Commentary)

What's your story? If you own a business or have a product to sell and you don't have an answer to that question, then you may be in trouble. Why? Well, let me begin with a story … read more >

Bring Your Own Device to Work (Mike Wilson Expert Advice)

Bring Your Own Device to Work (Mike Wilson Expert Advice)

It's no surprise that smartphones and tablets have taken over the workplace. But did you know that more than 350 million employees worldwide will use their own devices on company networks, up from basically zero only a few years ago? Clearly, we are now well into the BYOD — Bring Your Own Device — era. read more >

A Real Recovery (Editorial)

A Real Recovery (Editorial)

This issue of Arkansas Business, focusing as it does on commercial real estate in Arkansas, presents a hopeful picture that we'd like to think is pretty accurate. Added to that is positive national economic news. Despite some stubborn structural economic problems, in real estate, this feels like a real recovery, not a bubble. read more >

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