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1. Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing grocery chains in the country and the first new grocer to enter the Memphis area in several years, will open a second location in Germantown.

Sprouts will turn the 30,000-square-foot former Schnucks location at The Shops of Forest Hill at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown into one of its stores, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, healthy food.

2. Sprouts Applies for Building Permit -

Sprouts Farmers Market has applied for a building permit to turn the old Kroger store in Lakeland into one of its upscale grocery stores.

Sprout applied for a $650,000 building permit to renovate the former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland. The building permit application lists AAD Fitch Inc. as the architect on the project.

3. Community Advocates Seek Crime Solutions -

In mid-August, Memphis Police brass realized they had a crime problem in different parts of the city.

“We realized we had a spike in crime,” is how Deputy Police Chief Clete Knight put it Wednesday, Sept. 17, to a neighborhood group in East Memphis.

4. Sprouts Farmers Market Applies for Building Permit -

Sprouts Farmers Market has applied for a building permit to turn the old Kroger store in Lakeland into one of its upscale grocery stores.

Sprout applied for a $650,000 building permit to renovate the former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland. The building permit application lists AAD Fitch Inc. as the architect on the project.

5. Kroger Pulls $11 Million Permit for Union Avenue Store -

Kroger has pulled an $11 million building permit for its new Union Avenue store in Midtown.

The existing Kroger store, which sits on a 1.1-acre site at 1745 Union, will be demolished for a parking lot for the new 74,000-square-foot store. Kroger has already completed the demolition of the Belvedere Apartments to make way for the new store at 1761 Union, which will include a larger pharmacy and new refrigeration and freezer cases, among other changes. Kroger has invested a little over $50 million in the Memphis area over the last three years and will invest north of an additional $50 million over the next three years.

6. Kroger Finishes Work on Cleveland Store -

Kroger has wrapped up the $4 million renovation of its store at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street.

The renovation has brought new features to the property that include a new exterior and entry way, new cases and lighting, fresh sushi and an expanded natural and organic section.

7. Legal Issues Await Mob Attack Investigation -

Memphis police could make more arrests in the Poplar Plaza mob attack, but investigators believe they have the teenagers who started the riot on the parking lot of the Kroger supermarket Saturday, Sept. 6, that injured three people.

8. Mob Effect -

For much of the week after the Saturday, Sept. 6, mob attack at the Poplar Plaza shopping center, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has resolutely kept his focus on the incident.

But the larger issues of violence in Memphis and specifically youth violence – and the criminal justice system response to both – have never been far away.

9. ‘Love Mob’ Responds to Poplar Plaza Attack -

The amount of traffic that comes through the intersection of Highland Street and Poplar Avenue has made it a favorite of causes through the years – from war protestors and advocates to those on both sides of the death penalty, and, more recently, city employees upset over benefit changes.

10. City Leaders Face Mixed Reaction to Poplar Plaza Attack -

Memphis police had arrested and charged 11 juveniles by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 8, in the mob attack Saturday at the Poplar Plaza shopping center.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said several parents had followed the advice he and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave Sunday and turned in their children after learning they may have been involved in the attack that injured two other teenagers working at the Kroger supermarket at Poplar Plaza.

11. City's Response to Poplar Plaza Attack Charts New Path -

The next front in City Hall’s discussion of youth violence won’t be another crime summit.

The last one happened just days before and within a mile of the Poplar Plaza shopping center where a mob of teenagers attacked, beat and injured three people Saturday, Sept 6.

12. Wharton Urges Parental Responsiblity for Poplar Plaza Attack -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says the parents of the teenagers who attacked, beat and injured three people on the parking lot of the Poplar Plaza Kroger supermarket in East Memphis should bring their children in to authorities immediately.

13. Kroger Says It Will Hire 20,000 More Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Supermarket chain Kroger said Friday it will hire about 20,000 workers to fill permanent jobs.

Kroger Co. is the largest U.S. supermarket operator and it runs Ralph's, Fry's, and other chains. The company had 375,000 full- and part-time employees as of Feb. 1 and says it has created around 40,000 new jobs in the past six years.

14. Kroger Finishes Work on Cleveland Store -

Kroger has wrapped up the $4 million renovation of its store at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street.

The renovation has brought new features to the property that include a new exterior and entry way, new cases and lighting, fresh sushi and an expanded natural and organic section.

15. Changing Landscape -

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

16. $5 Tickets Available for Memphis Football Opener -

For the second year in a row, the University of Memphis has partnered with 42 area Kroger stores to sell $5 football tickets for the Tigers’ season opener in support of the “Million Meals Challenge.”

17. Wine Referendum Makes Suburban Ballot -

Voters in the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County will vote in November on whether they want grocery stores to sell wine.

The referendum question is on the Nov. 4 ballot in Arlington, Lakeland, Collierville, Germantown, Millington and Bartlett, as of Friday, Aug. 22.

18. Dollar General Enters Bidding for Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar General isn't about to be left out in the cold. The discounter is starting a bidding war for Family Dollar with an approximately $8.95 billion offer as it attempts to trump a Dollar Tree bid.

19. Clarksville to Vote on Wine Sales in Stores -

Voters in Clarksville, Tenn., will decide in November whether to allow wine to be sold in the city’s supermarkets.

Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Vickie Koelman told The Leaf-Chronicle that enough signatures have been gathered and certified through petitioning to place the wine question on the November ballot in referendum.

20. A Perfect Union -

Union Ave Books buzzes with activity on a Tuesday afternoon as families from San Francisco and Paris browse the shelves in the children’s section.

A local customer, owner Flossie McNabb explains, has brought the travelers to her store during their East Tennessee visit.

21. Kroger Expanding Germantown Store -

Kroger Delta Division is temporarily closing its store at 7735 Farmington Road in Germantown next month to renovate and expand it, continuing the company’s comprehensive reshaping of its Memphis footprint.

22. Kroger Expanding Germantown Store -

Kroger Delta Division is temporarily closing its store at 7735 Farmington Road in Germantown next month to renovate and expand it.

23. Fresh Market Debuts Midtown Store -

For a while now Central Gardens resident Tom Clifton has been driving to East Memphis to get his groceries.

24. Kroger to Close Germantown Location Temporarily -

Kroger Delta Division is temporarily closing its store at 7735 Farmington Road in Germantown next month to renovate and expand it, continuing the company's comprehensive reshaping of its Memphis footprint.

25. Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround -

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

But a real estate agent representing the owner of the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union and McLean says both properties are under contract to be sold.

26. Dollar Tree Steps Up Fight, Buys Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers.

27. Frayser Town Center Would be Based on Manhattan Park -

The town center plan for Frayser that debuted this past weekend at the first annual “Frayser Day” celebration is built on the model of Bryant Park in Manhattan only on a smaller scale to fit the Frayser Plaza Shopping Center.

28. Midtown Fresh Market to Open in August -

The Fresh Market has set an opening date for its new Midtown store.

The new store at 2145 Union Ave. will open Aug. 13 at 8 a.m., and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

29. Midtown Fresh Market to Open in August -

The Fresh Market has set an opening date for its new Midtown store.

The new store at 2145 Union Ave. will open Wednesday, Aug. 13. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

30. Kroger Launches Wine Sales Petition -

Kroger Delta Division is launching petition drives in more than 35 of its Shelby County stores to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to permit wine sales in local supermarkets.

The petition drive seeking the signatures of registered voters will be July 10-12 and July 17-19.

31. Kroger Launches Wine Sales Petition -

Kroger Delta Division is launching petition drives in more than 35 of its Shelby County stores to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to permit wine sales in local supermarkets.

The petition drive seeking the signatures of registered voters will be July 10-12 and July 17-19.

32. Juvenile Court Judge Race Remains Hard-Fought -

The candidates are counting down the days to the July 18 start of early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day.

With one more weekend of campaigning until early voting dictates a shift in tactics, the sizeable cast of the longest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle is searching at events for crowds comprised of mostly voters rather than other candidates and their campaign workers.

33. ‘Significant Headwinds’ -

When Gov. Bill Haslam joined local economic development and civic officials at FedExForum in January to announce that Conduit Global would open a call center in Shelby County that would employ 1,000 people over the next three to five years, it provided a much-needed boost to the local office real estate sector.

34. Poplar Plaza to Undergo Renovation -

The venerable Poplar Plaza shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street near the University of Memphis is slated to undergo a second facelift.

Finard Properties LLC is expected to soon launch extensive exterior improvements to the massive retail center at Poplar and Highland, starting with a fresh coat of paint.

35. Problem Solvers -

Rick Smith is director of property management for Finard Properties, the commercial real estate firm that owns and manages properties such as the landmark Poplar Plaza shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

36. Lehman-Roberts’ Longevity Paved by Family Ownership -

Lehman-Roberts Co. is a highway paving contractor that president Patrick Nelson regards with the kind of pride that might at first seem out of place for work that involves asphalt and roadwork.

37. Supermarket Wine Coalition Begins Petition -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

38. Let’s Roll -

GET IT TOGETHER. A year ago, right here, I suggested – and a flat ton of you agreed – that we should get something rolling up and down Cooper.

So let me repeat myself: LET’S GET SOMETHING ROLLING UP AND DOWN COOPER.

39. Belvedere Apartments Come Down for New Kroger Store -

Work is underway this week to bring down the former Belvedere apartments on Union Avenue to make way for the new Midtown Kroger supermarket.

The Delta Division of Kroger is investing $100 million over six years into the overhaul of several Memphis-area stores, including the new Midtown store. The original store, at 1745 Union, will be demolished for a parking lot for the new store.

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40. Supermarket Wine Coalition Begins Petition -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

41. Wal-Mart to Expand Online Savings Tool Nationwide -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday that it's expanding its online tool that compares prices on thousands of products with those of some of its competitors to cities nationwide in the next few months.

42. Vote of Confidence -

After experiencing a strong fourth quarter in 2013, confidence in the Memphis office market remains high so far this year.

First quarter leases signed outnumbered tenant move outs and the Memphis market ended the quarter with 54,989 square feet of absorption, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

43. Feed the Imagination -

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the Tennessee Brewery.

44. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

45. MorGreen Shifts to Meet Changing Customer Demands -

When Mike Omar opened MorGreen in Collierville in 1987, it was as a traditional outdoor landscaping business, a garden center focused on selling items like fertilizer, mulch and sod and offering some landscaping work.

46. Kroger: Storm Response Helped Boost Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kroger said its ability to keep its supermarkets open and well-stocked as customers rushed to hoard groceries ahead of winter storms helped boost its results in the fourth quarter.

47. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

48. Tennessee House Passes Supermarket Wine Sales Bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

49. RBCC Law Firm Moving to iBank Tower -

The law firm of Rogers, Berry, Chesney & Cannon PLLC, owner of 1713 Kirby Parkway since 2006, recently sold its office building and will relocate to the iBank building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

50. Office Occupancy Ends 2013 on High Note -

An unusually strong fourth quarter helped push the overall Memphis office market occupancy rate into positive territory for 2013, according to year-end commercial real estate market reports.

The Memphis market recorded absorption of 225,338 square feet in the fourth quarter – the largest positive absorption the market has experienced during any quarter in more than 10 years – to end the year with positive net absorption of 40,558 square feet, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

51. Largest US Grocer Kroger Closes Harris Teeter Buy -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – The country's largest traditional supermarket operator says it's completed its purchase of regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.

52. Fairgrounds TDZ Should be Rejected -

The proposed Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) needs to be rejected. While most of the recent debate has been confined to the impact on education funding, there are several more serious issues with the TDZ.

53. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

54. Belz Sells Shelby Oaks EnSafe Center for $910,000 -

5710-5730 Summer Trees Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $910,000

Sale Date: Jan. 10, 2014
Buyer: EnSafe Inc.
Seller: BICO Associates GP
Details: An affiliate of Belz Enterprises has sold the five-building Shelby Oaks EnSafe Center office complex on Summer Trees Drive in Northeast Memphis for $910,000.

55. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

56. Kroger-Anchored Centers Sell for Combined $41M -

Two Class A retail centers anchored by Kroger stores at 1605 N. Germantown Parkway and 540 S. Mendenhall Road have traded hands in an internal transfer for a combined $41.2 million.

57. Grocery Growth -

By the end of this year, Kroger will have spent between $150 million and $200 million on upgrades, fixes and renovations at its Memphis-area stores.

That investment is one example among many in the Memphis area of how the stiff competition among grocers and similar retailers is playing out as they make grabs for bigger slices of the customer pie.

58. Worksite Consultants Preps Employees for Job Rigors -

In an industrial park in Southeast Memphis is a facility that can best be described as an “adult jungle gym.”

Among warehouses, 18-wheelers and office space is the home of Worksite Consultants. With its 3,000 square feet of ladders and ramps, boxes and weights of all measure, owner Denise Higdon and her team put the employees of some of the area’s largest companies through their paces.

59. Marketing Makeover -

Two Memphis-area nonprofits are six months away from a 180-degree turnaround in their respective public relations efforts.

West Tennessee Veterans Home and the PRIZM Ensemble music group have won six months of free PR and marketing services from Obsidian Public Relations as part of the firm’s yearly PR 180 project. The project’s goal is simple: At the end of the period, Obsidian will have helped two nonprofits achieve a 180-degree improvement toward marketing and publicity success.

60. Plan to Renovate Southbrook Mall Resurfaces -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration is working on a broader plan for economic development in Whitehaven that will include a renovation and possible public use of Southbrook Mall.

That’s what city Chief Administrative Officer George Little told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Dec. 17.

61. Young Givers -

It’s a holiday symbol that is nearly as synonymous as Christmas trees and fruitcake: the Salvation Army Red Kettle.

Every Friday before Thanksgiving, red-aproned teams and individuals from businesses, church organizations and the general community literally ring in the season in front of stores such as Kroger and Wal-Mart to solicit donations from passers-by, just as they’ve done in Memphis for the past 105 years.

62. Gifts That Keep On Giving -

Let the holiday season begin! Thanksgiving ushers in six weeks of busyness as we reunite with family and friends for dinners, parties, and holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

63. Fresh Market Eyes Union Avenue Ike's -

By this time next year, Midtown residents could be shopping at a new Fresh Market grocery store.

The upscale grocery chain is eyeing the Union Avenue Ike's, which a Walgreen Co. representative confirmed will be shuttered.

64. Health Coverage -

The Little Clinic is opening its sixth and seventh limited-care clinics in the Memphis area this month as part of a growth plan that includes 30 new Little Clinics opening in Kroger stores in 2013.

65. Midtown Kroger Construction to Start -

With a few amendments by the Memphis-Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Oct. 23, the new Midtown Kroger supermarket rolled out of the planning and zoning process and into preparation for demolition of the old Belvedere apartments building and construction of the new store.

66. McCullough Blends Right Ingredients With ‘Chef Jenn’ -

Jennifer McCullough, the white chef’s coat behind the brand Chef Jenn, began cooking up a dream in her home kitchen.

67. Business Licenses Increase 4.9 Percent in Third Quarter -

Business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the third quarter rose nearly 5 percent over third quarter 2012, and increased even more compared to the second quarter this year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

68. Hanging Around -

The Pickering Firm Inc. is the architect and engineer of record for Nike’s massive, 1.7 million-square-foot facility expansion in Frayser.

69. Private Labels Winning Brand Wars -

Almost everyday the Studio faces challenges that private label competitors impose upon our branded products clients. More and more private label brands are taking lessons out of the innovation and brand strategy playbooks and getting ahead of the once category-leading brand product.

70. Council to Vote on Solid Waste Fee -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday, Oct. 1, on raising the city’s monthly solid waste fee to $25.05.

Raising the fee to what it was before the July 1 start of the current fiscal year would put into motion plans by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration to change over several years the way the city handles solid waste pickup.

71. Kroger CEO Dillon to Retire in January -

Kroger CEO David Dillon will retire from that post when the new year begins but will stay on for another year as chairman. President and Chief Operating Officer W. Rodney McMullen will step into the CEO role as part of its long-term succession plan.

72. Tax Zone Would Fund Fairgrounds Remake -

A 3-square-mile Tourism Development Zone would finance a $233 million renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds sought by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

The city sent its 88-page application Sept. 13 to Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry B. Martin. The application seeks state permission to use incremental sales tax revenue estimated at close to $12 million a year starting in 2016 to pay off the bonds to finance a project whose price tag is just below the $250 million FedExForum.

73. Tigers Get Extra Look at Duke -

The Tigers’ game Saturday, Sept. 7, against Duke at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium isn’t just the season’s first for the University of Memphis. It’s also a relevant measuring stick because the fourth game last season was played at Duke and the Tigers were on the short end of a 38-14 score.

74. Kroger to Buy Harris Teeter for About $2.44 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kroger, the country’s largest traditional supermarket operator, said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash, boosting its presence in key Southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets.

75. Kroger-Anchored Center Sells for $14.6 Million -

4270 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $14.6 million

Sale Date: June 18, 2013

76. Real Estate Rebound -

The residential and commercial real estate markets are slowly coming back, and residential and commercial real estate attorneys are seeing increased activity thanks to the surge.

Mid-South Title handles both residential and commercial matters, and the company is seeing a spike in activity, especially in residential, over the past 18 months.

77. Kroger-Anchored Center Sells for $14.6 Million -

The Kroger-anchored retail center at 4270 Summer Ave. in Berclair has sold for $14.6 million.

BDB Summer Center LLC, an affiliate of Atlanta-based BDB Realty LLC, bought the 151,958-square-foot center in a June 18 special warranty deed from WNI/Tennessee LP, an affiliate of Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors.

78. Jamesbridge Apartments Sell for $3.6 Million -

3689 James Road Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $3.6 million

Sale Date: June 6, 2013

79. Kroger Bets Shoppers Will Stay Loyal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger says its customers are doing more of their shopping at its supermarkets, helped in part by the popularity of its store brands.

The country's largest traditional supermarket operator on Thursday raised its profit outlook for the year after reporting a higher quarterly net income that beat Wall Street expectations, although overall sales were shy of forecasts.

80. Cordova Kroger Owner Files $7.5 Million Loan -

The owner of the 91,464-square-foot Kroger store at 9025 U.S. 64 in Cordova has filed a $7.5 million loan on the property.

Westco-Lightman #1 LLC – an affiliate of Weston Cos. – filed the deed of trust and security agreement June 13 through State Farm Life Insurance Co.

81. Retail Resurgence -

When leaders of the Delta Division of Kroger kicked off the $5 million renovation of the chain’s Whitehaven supermarket, some of the area’s community and business leaders were looking beyond the store’s parking lot.

82. Kroger Unveils Renovation of Whitehaven Store -

Executives of Kroger’s Delta Division unveiled a $5 million renovation Thursday, May 23, of the supermarket chain’s Whitehaven store.

The store at 1212 E. Shelby Drive will remain open during the renovation, which begins immediately and is expected to be completed by Christmas. New displays and cases for the store will be combined with a move of the pharmacy’s location in the store.

83. Kroger Launches Weekend Fuel Promotion -

Kroger customers can now earn double fuel points on every weekend shopping trip to save up to $1 off per gallon at The Kroger Co.’s fuel centers.

84. Kroger Announces Changes to Whitehaven Store -

The latest upgrade of a Kroger supermarket in Memphis to be announced by the grocery giant’s Delta Division will be the Whitehaven store at 1212 E. Shelby Drive.

85. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division, will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

86. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division, will speak. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

87. Local Demand Drives Southwest Service -

Memphis residents hope that Southwest Airlines Co.’s Nov. 3 arrival will bring more frequent flight service and lower fares.

88. Events -

The Black Business Association of Memphis will meet Thursday, May 23, at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will discuss what new developments at the airport mean for small businesses. R.S.V.P. to myron@whatshappeningmyron.com.

89. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre will present the musical “Ruthless” May 17 to June 2 at the theater, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Visit germantowncommunitytheatre.org.

90. Grocery Gadgetry -

Kroger’s Memphis-area shoppers might not have noticed, but the supermarket chain is paying more attention to them these days.

The high-tech proof doesn’t necessarily call attention to itself, but that’s not to say it’s not hidden, either. Television screens mounted near the front of its Memphis stores are a product of Kroger making a big investment a few years ago in new infrared camera technology.

91. One End to the Other -

GET IT TOGETHER. Cooper is on fire. From the cougars in the zoo to the cougars in Alchemy, the viewing is best at feeding time. From the lions at the zoo to the lyonnaise salad at 1912, this is a stretch to strut in.

92. Kroger Plans $100 Million Overhaul of Stores -

The footprint of the city’s dominant grocery store will undergo a facelift worth tens of millions of dollars over the next five years.

Kroger’s Memphis-based Delta Division, which operates 115 Kroger grocery stores and 70 fuel centers in five states, is pumping $100 million into its portfolio.

93. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

94. Cordova Ridge Shops Sells for $1.8 Million -

An affiliate of Norcross, Ga.-based Safeway Group Inc. has paid $1.8 million for Cordova Ridge Shops, a retail shopping center at 1204 Houston Levee Road in unincorporated Cordova.

95. Supermarket Wine Bill Advances by 1 Vote in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.

96. Expanding Distribution -

Budweiser of Memphis is dedicated to expanding the craft beer segment in Memphis following its acquisition of Southwestern Distributing’s sizable craft beer portfolio last October, making Budweiser of Memphis the largest wholesaler of craft beer in the Memphis market.

97. Spirited Debate -

The accessibility of wine for Tennessee residents could soon increase tenfold. 

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, introduced on Thursday, Jan. 31, their bills – SB0837 and HB0610, respectively – to end the exclusive right of liquor stores to sell wine in Tennessee.

98. Kroger Poplar Plaza to Open March 20 -

Kroger’s new store in Poplar Plaza shopping center is scheduled for a March 20 opening.

The 81,500-square-foot building will back up to Prescott Street and face east. It will be Kroger’s biggest store in Memphis.

99. Hope Emerges for Filling Empty Spaces -

When The Pyramid reopens as a Bass Pro Shops later this year or early next year, it will be the only adaptive reuse of an arena in the country that is not a church.

That and Sears Crosstown are probably the city’s biggest empty spaces in terms of square footage, but the smaller ones highlighted in our cover story have a similar impact.

100. Loeb: City Should Increase Investment in Urban Core -

The relevance of Overton Square is that it’s one of many initiatives the city has in place to make Memphis a better place and a city of choice for the millennial generation.

Seventy-seven percent of those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s want to live in the urban core and to drive less.