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1. A Funder’s View of Sustainability -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

As the Mid-South’s philanthropic partner since 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is clearly here to stay. That’s why we are interested in initiatives that make our area more livable and connected right now and for future generations.

2. Dallas Company Buys Macon Road Center -

6100 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: March 26, 2014
Buyer: PNL Cumberland LLC
Seller: Flagstar Bank FSB
Loan Amount: $862,500
Loan Date: April 1, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Pinnacle Bank
Details: An affiliate of Dallas-based The PNL Cos. has paid $1.2 million for the 30,000-square-foot shopping center at 6100 Macon Road in Northeast Memphis.

3. Sweetie Pie’s Signs at Fourth and Beale -

The Beale Street entertainment district has a new tenant on its eastern border with Fourth Street in a space that has been closed for 12 years.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris tweeted Thursday, April 10, that Sweetie Pie’s, a soul food restaurant with three locations in St. Louis and plans for expansion in other cities, will open at 349 Beale St. on the southeast corner of Fourth and Beale streets.

4. Food Recycler Buys Presidents Island Property -

ReConserve of Memphis Inc., the local affiliate of a California-based food recycling company, has bought the warehouse at 1495 Harbor Ave. on Presidents Island for $781,577.

5. Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease -

Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.

6. ‘It’s Natural’ -

He goes to bed at 10 p.m. and gets up at 6 a.m.

“We’re designed for early to bed and early to rise,” Dr. Bill Sears said.

7. Pets Get the Hollywood Treatment at Growing Chain -

Shawn McGhee grew up on a farm in Southern California with sheep and cattle and “a dozen dogs, a dozen cats, running loose.”

8. The Sweet Spot -

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

9. 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.

10. Memphis Center to Host Food and Faith Speaker -

Odds are, most people have not considered eating food as a spiritual and theological act. But that is exactly how Noah Campbell views it.

Campbell is founder of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith. And on Saturday, Feb. 1, the center will host a talk by Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest School of Divinity.

11. Joy of Cooking -

A man walks into Katie’s Kitchen in Germantown with hearty greetings all around and proceeds to select mass quantities of the take-out home-cooked meals in which the restaurant specializes.

“We love that man,” said owner Katie Oelke. “He comes in here all the time and always buys so much food. And he’s so nice!”

12. Proposed Supermarket Wine Deal Draws Criticism -

A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.

Supporters of the measure seeking to authorize cities and counties to hold referendums on supermarket wine sales have been heartened by the liquor industry lobby for the first time engaging in serious negotiations over the perennial bill.

13. Proposed Supermarket Wine Deal Draws Criticism -

A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.

Supporters of the measure seeking to authorize cities and counties to hold referendums on supermarket wine sales have been heartened by the liquor industry lobby for the first time engaging in serious negotiations over the perennial bill.

14. 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.

15. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

16. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

17. 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.

18. KBM Group Growing at Clark Tower -

A digital marketing agency is expanding at Clark Tower in East Memphis.

KBM Group, which is part of Wunderman/WPP, one of the world’s largest marketers, is expanding at Clark Tower less than a year after moving into the East Memphis office building, 5100 Poplar Ave.

19. Whole Foods to Open Poplar Store Jan. 14 -

Whole Foods Market will open its new store on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis Jan. 14, at 9 a.m.

The new store, 5014 Poplar Ave., opens next door to the current Poplar Avenue location, which closes for good Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

20. Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods -

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

Before a packed house, the Germantown Planning Commission voted to approve a revamped plan for a new Whole Foods store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road, on the eastern edge of Germantown’s Central Business District.

21. 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.

22. Whole Foods to Open Poplar Store Jan. 14 -

Whole Foods Market will open its new store on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.

The new store, 5014 Poplar Ave., opens next door to the current Poplar Avenue location, which closes for good Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

23. Banner Year for East Memphis Office Space -

The Memphis office real estate market began showing signs of life in 2013, with the market for Class A office space in the East Memphis submarket fueling the resurgence.

While the city’s overall office market numbers may not appear very strong, the city’s most desired office submarket – East Memphis around Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240 – began showing strong signs of improvement in the second half of the year.

24. Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

25. Fred’s Opens New Super Dollar in Memphis -

Memphis-based general merchandise retailer Fred’s Inc. began the year reporting a revenue uptick in January, and it’s ending the year with the opening of a new fred’s Super Dollar store in Memphis.

26. Whole Foods Delays Germantown Store Request -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown has withdrawn its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month.

27. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space -

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

28. Traffic Concerns Delay Germantown Whole Foods -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown is going back to the drawing board after some neighbors expressed concerns about the project, particularly over traffic.

The development team withdrew its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month. After that, the development team would need approval from Germantown’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

29. Whole Foods Delays Germantown Store Request -

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown has withdrawn its application from the Germantown Planning Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, agenda and will return next month.

30. UPS, Monogram Foods Set to Expand Locally -

Two companies with major local operations have won tax freezes for proposed expansions.

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County has approved payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements for United Parcel Service and Memphis-based Monogram Foods. The two expansions are expected to add 40 new jobs between them.

31. Fresh Market, Whole Foods Seek Approval From Boards -

Two planned high-profile grocery stores will be seeking regulatory approval in the coming weeks.

The Fresh Market is applying for a special-use permit from the Land Use Control Board Dec. 12 to convert the existing Ike’s store on Union Avenue into one of the chains upscale grocery stores.

32. UPS, Monogram Foods Set to Expand -

Two companies with major local operations have won tax freezes for proposed expansions.

The board of the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County has approved payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements for United Parcel Service and Memphis-based Monogram Foods. The two expansions are expected to add 40 new jobs between them.

33. As Elections End, New Campaigns Begin -

The day after the last elections of 2013 in Shelby County were decided, candidates for the Shelby County offices on the ballot in 2014 could begin pulling qualifying petitions to run.

And many of them had already held kickoff fundraisers for the political year to come.

34. Hollywood Feed Adding Stores in Alabama, Texas -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed is growing.

The pet business plans to open its third and fourth Alabama locations by year-end. The two new stores in Huntsville – one of which will open this month, the other in December – will complement the retailer’s two existing Alabama stores in Birmingham.

35. Hollywood Feed Adding Stores in Alabama, Texas -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed is growing.

The pet business plans to open its third and fourth Alabama locations by year-end. The two new stores in Huntsville – one of which will open this month, the other in December – will complement the retailer’s two existing Alabama stores in Birmingham.

36. Dot Foods Breaks Ground on Dyersburg Facility -

A windy, cold morning would not keep civic leaders, elected officials and the Dyersburg community from giving a warm welcome to Dot Foods Inc. and its senior managers on Thursday morning as they broke ground on a new home. Company leaders gathered with the Dyersburg community to place the first shovels in the ground for a $24 million distribution center in Dyersburg Industrial Park next to the Nordyne building off Highway 211. The 166,494-square-foot distribution center is scheduled for completion by September 2014 making it the company's ninth distribution center in the United States.

37. Dunkin’ Donuts to Add 12 Memphis Locations -

More Memphis area Dunkin’ Donuts are on the way.

Franchise group JP Foods LLC will develop 12 new restaurants throughout Memphis, with the first new restaurant expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020.

38. Dunkin’ Donuts to Add 12 Memphis Locations -

More Memphis area Dunkin’ Donuts are on the way.

Franchise group JP Foods LLC will develop 12 new restaurants throughout Memphis, with the first new restaurant expected to open in 2015 and the remainder by 2020.

39. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

40. Suburban Prospects -

Walker Taylor’s business philosophy is a simple one, and it’s helping keep his Germantown-based restaurant a must-visit for diners from around the world.

41. Commercial Real Estate Market Reawakens -

After suffering through a prolonged slump, the Memphis commercial real estate market this year began to shake off the rust that gathered during the “Great Recession,” and brighter days could be ahead for the prime markets in the apartment, retail, office and industrial sectors, according to local experts.

42. 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.

43. Apartment, Retail Markets Holding Steady -

The Memphis area multifamily and retail markets continue to chug along, with the newer, more upscale products in each sector propping up both overall markets.

Those trends and others in commercial real estate will be the subject of discussion Thursday, Nov. 7, during the 2013 Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast, one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series.

44. Whole Foods Eyes Germantown Site -

Whole Foods Market and local development firm Cypress Realty Holdings Co. are targeting the Poplar Avenue corridor in Germantown for the Memphis area’s second Whole Foods store.

45. Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson -

The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.

The Rock’n Dough Pizza Co., owned by Jeremy and Amanda Denno, is slated to open a new restaurant and microbrewery at the Jackson Walk development in Jackson in October. The Dennos will team up with veteran local brewer Ben Pugh to create signature suds at the 4,100-square-foot restaurant.

46. Organic Education -

Bethel Grove Elementary School of Memphis marked the opening of its American Heart Association Teaching Garden recently with a Plant Day Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony that included garden crafts, music and physical activity education.

47. Flowers Foods Buys Former Hostess Bakery -

An affiliate of Thomasville, Ga.-based Flowers Foods Inc. has paid $1.8 million for the former Hostess Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. Downtown.

48. Human Resources Industry Facing Evolving Challenges -

The Obama Administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken an aggressive approach to improving diversity in the workforce, said Paul Patten, a partner with Jackson Lewis LLP in Chicago.

49. Haslam Announces Health and Wellness Initiative -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide health and wellness initiative.

Haslam visited the Church Health Center Memphis on Tuesday to launch the "Healthier Tennessee" program.

50. Daily News Seminar to Highlight Employment Laws -

A renewed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission focus on employment practices that have a disproportionate impact on members of a minority group is challenging longstanding human resources practices, says Paul Patten, a partner with Jackson Lewis LLP in Chicago.

51. Walgreen Co. Closes Ike’s Gas Station -

Walgreen Co. has closed the gas station at its Ike’s store on Union Avenue, but the company isn’t saying anything else about the property’s future.

52. Presidents Island Property Sells for $1.1 Million -

2269 Channel Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: July 15, 2013
Buyer: CHS Inc.
Seller: Holcim (U.S.) Inc.

53. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host the Eating Greek Wine & Food Tasting Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at The Booksellers Bistro, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The meal will include traditional Greek foods paired with wines. Cost is $25; space is limited. R.S.V.P. to 374-0881.

54. Events -

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Nancy Coffee, president and CEO of the New Memphis Institute, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to info@nhpomemphis.us or 466-6476.

55. Food Desert Oasis -

Most urban neighborhoods in Memphis don’t have access to a traditional grocery store that offers fresh and affordable food.

While these urban areas lack grocery stories, fast food restaurants and convenience stores are often plentiful.

56. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission design review board will meet Wednesday, July 3, at 4 p.m. in the commission’s conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

57. Strain Elected Shareholder at Baker Donelson -

Jason Strain, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, grew up with the idea of the legal profession being a “good and interesting job.”

58. May 31-June 6: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The Overton Bark dog park opens in Overton Park between Rainbow Lake and the park’s golf course. The 1.3-acre area whose construction was funded by Hollywood Feed is divided into two sections – one for smaller dogs and the other for large dogs.

59. Brimhall Named Bartlett Entrepreneur of Year -

Terry Brimhall, founder and president of Brimhall Foods Co. Inc., has been named entrepreneur of the year by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

60. Whole Foods Files Permit for Expansion -

5014 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Cost: $3.1 million

Project Cost: TBA

Permit Date: Applied April 2013

61. Whole Foods Files Permit for Expansion -

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. has filed a $3.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate its lone local store on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

62. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

63. Green Machine Brings Food to Neediest Areas -

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, dozens of volunteers worked to paint an 80-foot mural on the side of a former Memphis Area Transit Authority bus.

Students from Hollis Price Leadership Academy High School and other volunteers from the Memphis Grizzlies, St. Patrick’s Church and the University of Memphis graduate program in City and Regional Planning painted a colorful wellness-inspired mural that combines Memphis’ musical roots with fruits, vegetables and a message of healthy living.

64. Motivated by Freshness -

As consumer demand for healthy, locally grown food has increased, farmers markets are cropping up all over Memphis.

Farmers markets provide a place for smaller producers to sell their goods, and hopefully earn a profit. But profitability can be challenging for the operators who run the markets. Some, like Agricenter International’s Farmer’s Market and the farmers market at the Memphis Botanic Garden run the markets to support their overall mission. They say the markets are about more than profitability.

65. Monogram to Close Indiana Corn Dog Plant -

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – A company that has made corn dogs and pork fritters in eastern Indiana since 1961 is closing its doors, ending 87 jobs.

The Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/13DCiy6) that the company founded more than 50 years ago as Al Pete Meats issued a notice to the state that the plant in Muncie was closing permanently May 18.

66. Fashion Philanthropy -

Not many companies can say their customer base includes Sheryl Crow, JJ Grey and Mofro, Robert Plant, Brandi Carlile and Grace Potter.

67. Hostess Moves on Twinkies Bid -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its Twinkies and other snack cakes after nobody stepped forward to top an offer made by two investment firms.

The bankrupt company had earlier picked a $410 million joint offer from Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management as the “stalking horse” bid to set the floor for an auction. Others were then given a chance to submit competing bids and Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn had predicted the process would be “wild and wooly.”

68. Growing Concept -

The winter months can be tougher on food truck vendors as cold temperatures often keep paying customers inside. But as spring approaches and nicer weather resumes, many local operators are getting set to ramp up operations.

69. Wonder Bread Sale Nearing Completion -

Wonder bread could start appearing in school lunchboxes again soon.

A person familiar with the situation says a bid by Flowers Foods to buy Wonder and several other bread brands from bankrupt Hostess was met with no competing offers. The individual requested anonymity because the auction process is private.

70. Wonder Bread Sale Nears Completion -

Wonder bread could start appearing in school lunchboxes again soon.

A person familiar with the situation says a bid by Flowers Foods to buy Wonder and several other bread brands from bankrupt Hostess was met with no competing offers. The individual requested anonymity because the auction process is private.

71. Expert: Memphis Has Big Story to Tell -

Memphis area commercial real estate brokers were not only brought up to speed on the latest numbers and trends Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Property Forecast Summit – they were also briefed on how to tweak their marketing strategy to recruit business by a former executive with the Federal Reserve.

72. 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.

73. Events -

The University of Memphis will screen “Duty of the Hour,” a documentary about Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Monday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus, 470 University St. Cost is free. Visit memphis.edu.

74. 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.

75. Events -

Nike Inc. will host construction symposiums for locally owned small, women-owned and minority businesses Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Attendees will learn about construction opportunities at Nike’s Memphis expansion. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3500.

76. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold its second annual Go Red for Women Fashion Show Friday, Feb. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UTHSC Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave. Tickets are $7, which includes lunch. Email eanderson@uthsc.edu.

77. Commission Debates Post-Hostess Bread Prices -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a $251,958 contract with a Batesville, Ark., bakery that at least for now has a perceived monopoly on baking and distributing large amounts of bread in the region.

78. Centennial on Tap for Traffic Club of Memphis -

The Traffic Club of Memphis is kick-starting its 100-year celebration with the introduction of its 2013 officers, led for the second straight year by president Mason Wilson.

The club’s activities this year will feature a series of local events, including the Traffic Club International annual conference in September.

79. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

80. ‘Banner Year’ for Logistics Industry -

Positive momentum far outweighed the negative in the local logistics and distribution industry during 2012, as city officials and business leaders continued elevating Memphis’s status as world logistics hub.

81. Office Depot Relocates Poplar Avenue Store -

Office Depot opened its new Poplar Avenue store Monday, Dec. 17.

The Delray Beach, Fla.-based office products company relocated its East Memphis store from 5014 Poplar Ave. next to Whole Foods to 5510 Poplar Ave. near Yates Road. Office Depot took 18,666 square feet of the 22,000-square-foot space vacated by Samuel’s last year. The balance was filled by Hollywood Feed.

82. Office Depot Relocates Poplar Avenue Store -

Office Depot opened its new Poplar Avenue store Monday, Dec. 17.

The Delray Beach, Fla.-based office products company relocated its East Memphis store from 5014 Poplar Ave. next to Whole Foods to 5510 Poplar Ave. near Yates Road. Office Depot took 18,666 square feet of the 22,000-square-foot space vacated by Samuel’s last year. The balance was filled by Hollywood Feed.

83. Brooks Brothers Relocating to Saddle Creek -

High-end clothier chain Brooks Brothers plans to open a new location at The Shops of Saddle Creek West in Germantown.

The New York City-based retailer will open in 7,500 square feet of space at 7509 Poplar Ave. by early June, taking over the two suites formerly occupied by Indigo and Talbots Men’s. Indigo last month relocated and expanded two spaces down into the old Natural Body Spa & Shoppe space.

84. Bioventus Inks Deal for 40,000 Square Feet -

A Durham, N.C.-based biologics company is relocating its Memphis presence, signifying a boon to the Northeast office submarket.

Bioventus LLC has inked 38,880 square feet of office and manufacturing space in Goodlett Farms Business Campus, 1900 Charles Bryan Road, in Cordova.

85. Let’s CHANGE Summit Tackles Obesity Epidemic -

Healthy Memphis Common Table continued with its mission to improve the health of people in the Memphis area by confronting the area’s obesity crisis at its recent Let’s CHANGE Summit.

The organization’s Let’s CHANGE (Commit to Healthy Activity and Nutrition Goals Every day) program is a partnership between the Shelby County Health Department and more than 37 businesses and community organizations dedicated to fighting childhood and family obesity. The Let’s CHANGE pilot project includes five pediatric practices, the YMCA of the Mid-South and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to address family obesity head-on using tools to change diet and exercise patterns.

86. Gen X Inks State’s First Location on Austin Peay -

A trendy Vernon, Calif.-based retailer has inked its first Tennessee location in Austin Peay Plaza.

Gen X Clothing Inc. signed a 35,000-square-foot lease at 3252 Austin Peay Highway. The space was formerly occupied by Big Lots.

87. Green Girl to Create Indoor Vertical Farm -

A group of food professionals is working toward supplying restaurants with local produce while improving the health of Memphians and fighting urban blight.

Green Girl Produce plans to leverage technology to create the city’s first indoor vertical farm, providing the community with cost-effective, year-round organic mircogreens. By leasing an old 1,260-square-foot liquor store at 2655 Broad Ave., the space has the potential to store up to 2,500 square feet of growing room.

88. Shelby Farms to Host Conservation Celebration -

ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited will host Conservation Through Art Family Day, a free event sponsored by Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., Nov. 4 at the Shelby Farms Visitor Center.

89. Realty Firm Gives Back Through Farm-to-Fork Fellowship -

Commercial real estate deals were put on hold Friday, Oct. 26, for Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC.

90. Sullivan Branding Celebrates Year of Integration -

In Sullivan Branding’s new digs in the Toyota Center, matted images depicting what inspires each employee adorn the walls.

Principal and CEO Brian Sullivan’s contribution is a picture of Mount Everest. But he’s not actually inspired by the daunting mountain itself or the 2,000 people who have climbed it.

91. Cooking Channel Show to Spotlight Main Street -

The television food scene has been kind to Memphis this year.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri recently visited six Memphis-area restaurants for his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” all of which have opened within the past few years.

92. Fred's to Open Two Super Dollar Locations -

Fred’s Super Dollar will celebrate 65 years of serving the Memphis area with the grand opening of two new stores at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

Special offers and activities will be at both locations, one at 7965 E. Shelby Drive and another at 6500 Quince Road.

93. American Airlines, 4 Others Announce Layoffs -

Five firms doing business in Shelby County have notified the state they will be laying off employees or have already laid them off.

The notices to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development for October are topped by the 35 employees American Airlines plans to lay off in Memphis by the end of November.

94. Kroger Midtown Expansion Gets Mixed Reaction -

While the expansion of Kroger’s Midtown store is still in the early stages, the effects are apparent in the surrounding community.

Kroger Delta Division earlier this month bought the Belvedere Apartments for $2.6 million. It then purchased the Kroger store on Union Avenue that it was leasing from Art Seessels’ family, as well as two adjacent parcels for a combined $4.6 million, bringing Kroger’s ownership of property in the area from South Idlewild Street to LeMaster Street along Union.

95. Historically Hip -

There will be meandering crowds, hand-made art, funky tunes, political campaigning, locally sourced foods and a fireworks display.

More than 400 vendor booths are slated to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

96. Raines Road Warehouse Sells for $2.3 Million -

4049 E. Raines Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $2.3 million

Sale Date: Aug. 3, 2012

97. West Virginia Company Buys Oakhaven Taco Bell -

TMM LLC of West Virginia has paid $1 million for the new Taco Bell at 3569 Democrat Road in Oakhaven.

98. Raleigh Office Complex Sold To Local Entity -

An office complex in Raleigh has traded hands after being under the same family ownership for more than 30 years.

Commercial Real Estate Network LLC, a local investor, has purchased the 40,756-square-foot Raleigh Center Office Complex at 2974 Austin Peay Highway from Charles R. Averwater Living Trust for $299,000.

99. Business as Usual -

Despite a summer of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought that’s been called the worst the U.S. has seen in 25 years, Memphis’ farmers markets have been thriving, according to many participants.

100. Poplar Transformation -

Two big retail deals have recently been inked on the Poplar Avenue corridor, soon filling empty spaces on the city’s busiest street.

A new Family Dollar is going in the old Stringer’s Garden Center site at 2974 Poplar, while Office Depot and Hollywood Feed are going in the former Samuel’s Furniture space at 5502-5510 Poplar, near South Yates Road.