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New Rule on Unionization Gets Pushback From Businesses

A federal rule that goes into effect next month could make it easier for millions of workers to unionize at big companies like McDonald’s. read more >
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Thought Leadership, And Ghidotti’s Prize

Fresh off winning a national media relations award in New York, Natalie Ghidotti was reading the tea leaves for 2023 and hoping undercurrents in the national economy won’t steer her Little Rock marketing firm, Ghidotti, off its course of success. read more >

Not Just for Kids: Toymakers Aim More Products at Grown-Ups

This so-called "kid-adult" market is significant. Ages 18 and older represented 14% of U.S. toy industry sales, or $5.7 billion for the 12 months ending September 2022. read more >
Lena King
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King Gets Global Recognition from McDonald’s (Movers & Shakers)

Lena King, manager of a Little Rock McDonald’s restaurant, has won a Ray Kroc Award. read more >
The McDonald's location at 104 S. University Ave. in Little Rock.
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Staff Scarcity Chapter Two: McDonald’s

It can be easy to forget that giant restaurant chains like McDonald’s, headquartered in Chicago, are far from monolithic, that individual restaurants are owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. read more >
Future Chick-fil-A properties at Broadway and Seventh streets in downtown Little Rock. (Parcel lines approximate and shown for illustration only.)
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Chick-fil-A Carves Up Parcels for New Little Rock LocationLock Icon

A piece of the proposed Chick-fil-A site in downtown Little Rock is now in place after a $550,000 transaction. read more >
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Walmart Eyes Local Companies As McDonald’s Exits Some Stores

As McDonald's works on closing some of its locations within Walmart stores, the retailer is looking to put local businesses and others into place. read more >
Natalie Ghidotti, president and founder of the Ghidotti marketing firm, and Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl, president and CEO of MHP/Team SI, both of Little Rock
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2 Arkansas Pros Make Noise in National PR

Public relations and content marketing firm presidents Natalie Ghidotti and Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl each collect PRNews recognition and other glories. read more >
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‘Cost to Cure’ Backs $8M Buy From Democrat-GazetteLock Icon

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette gets $8 million in a right-of-way acquisition deal as the Arkansas Department of Transportation begins work on its $1 billion 30 Crossing project in metro Little Rock. read more >
The popularity of chicken sandwiches at fast-food and similar restaurants, such as this one from Popeyes, continues to grow.
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Chicken Sandwich: The Ultimate ComfortLock Icon

Fried chicken may be the ultimate comfort food. And we all need comfort now more than ever. read more >
Ryerson metal facility at 7701 Lindsey Road in Little Rock.
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Afco Metals Transaction Tops $14M Mark (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Afco Metals Inc., owned by Ryerson Holding Corp. of Chicago, sold its metal processing and distribution center at 7701 Lindsey Road to Spirit Realty Ltd., an affiliate of Spirit Realty Capital of Dallas. read more >
QuikTrip operates convenience stores in ten states. (Parcel lines approximate.)
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Potential QuikTrip Location Sold in SWLR for $8.5MLock Icon

QuikTrip Corp., the Tulsa-based convenience store chain, bought a 16.1-acre tract near the southwest corner of Interstate 30 and Otter Creek Road in Little Rock for $8.5 million. read more >
Joshua Lane Cook
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Ghidotti Adds a Cook to McDonald’s Team

Joshua Lane Cook, media relations manager with Ghidotti Communications of Little Rock for about a year and a half, is handy with an account, but he’s also flexing an old skill, writing. read more >
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Rewarding Failure (Editorial)

From Wells Fargo to the Razorbacks, severance packages are getting heavy for those given the heave-ho. read more >
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Your Just Deserts (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Deserve is not an economic concept; it’s a marketing concept. It’s a word that allows consumers to rationalize spending money on appealing nonessentials. read more >
Frito-Lay facility at 4 Production Drive in southwest Little Rock
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Consolidated Pipe Bags Frito-Lay SiteLock Icon

A distribution warehouse, three houses and an office building form an all-Little Rock lineup of million-dollar real estate transactions. read more >
Alter Trading Corp.'s purchase of Tenenbaum Recycling Group included two buildings on 35 acres in North Little Rock.
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Two TRG Properties Add Up to $6.8M Sale (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Alter Trading Corp. of St. Louis purchased the Tenenbaum Recycling Group’s 71,000-SF complex at 4500 Bethany Road for $4.04 million and its 42,968-SF facility at 2601 Central Airport Road for $2.77 million. read more >
Parcel dimensions approximate
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Hillview Village, Properties at Maumelle Exit Lead Recent Real Estate DetailsLock Icon

A 56-unit apartment complex in North Little Rock, a fast food-convenience store project in Maumelle and a 6,046-SF house in Little Rock generated a trio of multimillion-dollar transactions. read more >
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The Struggle Is Real (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Customer experiences in retail and dining confirm that the struggle to find employees with critical thinking skills is real. read more >
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McDonald’s to Spend $69M Renovating 100 Arkansas Restaurants

McDonald’s announced this week that it and its franchisees are investing $69 million in Arkansas in 2018 and 2019 to renovate and modernize approximately 100 of its restaurants throughout the state. read more >