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1. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

2. Whole Foods Germantown Announces Opening Date -

Whole Foods Market will open its 41,000-square-foot Germantown store Aug. 18. The store, at 7825 Poplar Ave., will be the Memphis area’s second and Tennessee’s sixth Whole Foods location.

3. Whole Foods Germantown Announces Opening Date -

Whole Foods Market will open its 41,000-square-foot Germantown store Aug. 18. The store, at 7825 Poplar Ave., will be the Memphis area’s second and Tennessee’s sixth Whole Foods location.

4. Bedrock Eats & Sweets Opens Downtown -

One of the newest additions to the Downtown dining scene is a healthy eating option that Brandi Marter has expanded from a commercial kitchen in YoLo’s Midtown location to now a space of her own.

Marter’s Bedrock Eats & Sweets, which got started back in 2013 as a way for people to order pre-made healthy meals, has moved into the former Frank’s Market & Deli space, at 327 S. Main. Marter, an avid Crossfit athlete, signed a lease for the space earlier this year after scouting potential locations beyond Downtown, including on Broad Avenue.

5. European Deal Creates US Grocery Giant -

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and other discount retailers.

6. Last Chance to Register for Whole Foods Job Session -

Whole Foods Market is hosting informational sessions for workers interested in landing a job at the grocer’s new Memphis-area store, and Tuesday afternoon is your last chance to register.

Whole Foods plans to hire 100 to 120 workers for its new store on Pete Mitchell Road in Germantown. It will host the sessions Wednesday, June 10, at the Goodwill Job Connection Center, 3830 Austin Peay Highway.

7. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen Gets a Whole Lot Bigger -

By adding a pinch of passion to a tried-and-true recipe, Tom Flournoy has grown a family-run business to having a five-state reach.

After he was unexpectedly laid off from his executive position in the automotive parts industry, Flournoy fell back on an appetizing venture: homemade pimento cheese. To make ends meet, he started preparing pimento cheese at home and selling it to friends and farmers markets under the name Tom’s Tiny Kitchen.

8. Budding Business -

When you enter the freshly opened Sprouts Farmers Market store in Lakeland, look up.

What you won’t see in the airy, openly designed grocery store are the aisle signs with numbers and product listings found in most grocery stores and retail outlets.

9. Proveaux’s Fuel Cafe Brand Covers Multiple Platforms -

When Erik Proveaux opened Fuel Café, it was because he wanted to set up roots after traveling the country for years doing film production catering. Five years later those roots have spread, and now he operates a multimodal brand that covers the restaurant, catering, food truck and small-batch production industries.

10. 'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite for Edible Insects -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

11. Harahan Bridge Could Get Brighter -

Memphis civic and business leaders are in the early stages of talking with an anonymous donor about lighting the Harahan Bridge while a Memphis-based movie theater titan is exploring building a new theater Downtown.

12. FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe -

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don't want any part of it and others are staying silent.

13. Real Estate Pros Upbeat -

After finally latching on to the broader national economic recovery in 2013, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market shook of the last vestiges of the Great Recession and roared back to life in 2014 with the office, retail, industrial and apartment sectors all producing solid gains.

14. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

15. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

16. Nashvillians Offer Resolutions and Hopes for the New Year -

About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions – or so says the Journal of Clinical Psychology. And one of the best ways to ensure they stick? Make them public.

So, we asked a few Nashvillians in various fields – some of whom we spoke with earlier in the year – to share their resolutions, goals or intentions for both their personal lives or businesses as well as hopes they have for the city.

17. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

18. Want to Make Big Impression? Try Small Nashville-Area Retailers -

Imogene + Willie put 12 South on the world map for designer denim five years ago.

Its original American-made rigid jeans, custom-fitted to you in its showroom in a former gas station, are a nationwide pheno-menon, and the brand is so successful that owners Carrie and Matt Eddmenson have opened a second store in Portland, Oregon.

19. Midtown Success Highlights Commercial Real Estate Growth -

Loeb Properties Inc. plans to build on the momentum it has created at Overton Square while turning its attention to other parts of Midtown.

20. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

21. Experts to Provide Commercial Real Estate Outlook at Seminar -

Yes, Overton Square is booming, but that may not have been the case without Memphis-based Loeb Properties Inc.

22. Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce -

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.

23. Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce -

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.

24. Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has confirmed it will open two Memphis-area stores in 2015, one in Germantown and another in Lakeland.

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, organic and healthy food.

25. 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.

26. Roast of the Town -

If you catch Jimmy Lewis these days and get him talking about coffee roasting, chances are he might never stop.

27. US Stocks Plunge, Wiping Out July's Gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

28. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

29. ‘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.

30. Eastgate Set for Possible Makeover -

A venerable shopping center in East Memphis could be getting a significant makeover, according to a recent retail market report from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

Eastgate Center LLC, the owner of Eastgate Shopping Center at Park Avenue and White Station Road in East Memphis, could make significant aesthetic improvements to the retail center beginning this year.

31. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. Essex Signs Two Leases For Discount Store Locales -

A Nashville-based discount retailer has entered the Memphis market in full force, inking two leases totaling 77,301 square feet.

Essex Bargain Hunt has leased 35,767 square feet at 590 N. Germantown Parkway and 41,534 square feet at 5124 Summer Ave. Kemp Conrad and Neely Mallory IV of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC represented the tenant in both transactions.

61. Eat Local For Health, Economy -

Ray’s Take It’s the time of year when local farmers’ markets start to crop up. Patronizing these markets – along with other sources for locally grown food – can be beneficial to your health and taste buds, your family culture, and even have a positive impact on our local economy.

62. Redbirds Reconnection -

One of baseball’s enduring maxims is that anytime you go to a game you’ve got a chance to see something you’ve never seen before.

Apparently, this now applies off the field too, because a few weeks ago a group that included Magic Johnson as the front man paid $2.15 billion to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from financially troubled owner Frank McCourt.

63. Green Cos., Orgs Seek ‘Lorax’ Tie-Ins -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Lorax, perhaps the most famous anti-industrial crusader from children's literature, is getting support from companies that are willing to go green.

With a host of commercial tie-ins – albeit for eco-friendly products – Universal Pictures will begin promoting "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" this month. The animated movie, set for release March 2 in North America, is about a creature who "speaks for the trees" and fights rampant industrialism in a retelling of the Dr. Seuss children's book first published in 1971.

64. What’s in Store for Restaurant Biz in 2012? -

New Year’s Eve! What a scary night! Not only because people have to stand around at midnight with a bunch of so-called friends and sing that dreary “Auld Lang Syne” and put each other’s eyes out with supersonically zooming champagne corks (see Memphis Grapevine for advice on avoiding this), but because this artificially imposed deadline for the ending of one year and the beginning of another sets the scene for trend-spotting galore.

65. Target to Stock Only Sustainable Seafood by 2015 -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Target Corp. plans to sell only sustainable and traceable seafood in its stores by 2015.

66. Grocery Shakeup -

Despite facing stiff competition in Memphis from discount chains and department stores that have wedged rows and rows of cheap grocery offerings into their inventories, The Kroger Co. is feeling good about its position here.

67. Program Doubles SNAP Spent at Farmers Markets -

GrowMemphis, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the creation of robust community food systems, has announced the start of a program to give shoppers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits more purchasing power at the Cooper-Young and South Memphis farmers markets.

68. Retailers to Bring Fresh Produce to 1,500 Places -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity moved a step forward Wednesday with the announcement that Wal-Mart and other retailers plan over the next five years to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.

69. Food Companies Take Veggie Cue From Sneaky Trend -

It looks like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kraft says it tastes just like the original. But a new ingredient is lurking inside this version of the American family dinner staple — cauliflower.

70. GOP Backs Food Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are siding with food companies resisting the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure them to stop advertising junk food for children.

Some food companies say the government is going too far with guidelines proposed earlier this year by several government agencies. The voluntary guidelines would attempt to shield children from ads for sugary and fatty foods – think colorful characters on cereal boxes – on television, in stores and on the Internet. Companies would be urged to market foods to children ages 2 through 17 only if they contain specific healthy ingredients and are low in fats, sugars and sodium.

71. Shelby Farms Plans Earth Week 2011 Festivities -

Shelby Farms Park is gearing up to celebrate Earth Week 2011 in a big way, starting with Sunday’s Down to Earth Festival, expected to draw as many as 20,000 visitors over the course of the day if the weather cooperates.

72. Whole Foods Event to Help WEVL 89.9 -

Memphis’ Whole Foods Market Store, 5022 Poplar Ave., chose WEVL FM 89.9 to participate in the store’s 5 Percent Day on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which means WEVL will receive 5 percent of Whole Food’s net sale proceeds.

73. Cosmic Coconut to Add Juicy Fare to Memphis Dining Scene -

In a city renowned for pulled pork sandwiches and slow-cooked ribs, opening a vegan juice bar and cafe might seem like an entrepreneurial gamble.

But Ashley Dunn, owner of the Cosmic Coconut, scheduled to open in East Memphis’ Sanderlin Center in April, said she believes now is the perfect time.

74. Kroger Makes Push Into Store-Brand Beauty Products -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Grocery chain Kroger Co. is making a big push into the beauty business, this summer more than doubling its number of store-brand cosmetics, shampoos and other items while preparing to launch more products this fall and next year.

75. Marketing the Whole Truth to Women -

Marketers beware: a nodding woman is not necessarily agreeing with you.

That’s essentially the message Jen Drexler, partner in the New York-based consulting firm Just Ask a Woman, sent the American Advertising Federation Memphis last week.

76. Downtown’s City Market Closer to Reality -

The store’s motto is “e-squared – eat and enjoy.”

Its look and feel will be that of an Old World market offering customers freshly prepared food with a local and international flair, as well as grocery staples such as milk and eggs.

77. Whole Foods Market's Profit Surges in Q1 -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Whole Foods Market says stronger sales helped send its first-quarter profit soaring.

The strong quarter prompted the natural and organic grocer to raise its earnings and revenue outlook for the year.

78. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold orientation today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber, 22 N. Front St. It is free. For reservations, contact Alexis Rutland at 543-3511 or arutland@memphischamber.com.

79. Grocery, Health Clinic Among New Soulsville Tenants -

Although the biggest vibrations in Soulsville come from heavy equipment right now, that will soon change when grocery shoppers will be able to prance through the aisles and pick out produce to the beat of old-school classics.

80. Grocery Aisle Relief as Food Prices Fall -

Grocery shoppers are finally seeing some reprieve from last year's steep price increases.

Food prices are dropping on some key items as retailers slash prices to better compete and food makers do more promotions and pass along savings from lower ingredient and gasoline costs.

81. Wal-Mart Revamps Own Label Amid Store-Brand Boom -

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wal-Mart is stepping up the competition to draw cost-conscious shoppers, promising that store-brand products from cereal to cookies will be tastier, smell better and look more attractive.

82. Whole Foods to Keep Memphis Store -

Whole Foods Market Inc. will sell 13 stores to settle an antitrust challenge to its acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, but the company will keep its Memphis store.

83. Goddard School Planned For Winchester Road in Collierville -

2.5 Acres
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $1.3 Million

Loan Date: Feb. 13, 2009
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: R.S. Harris LLC
Lender: First Citizens National Bank

84. Burke’s Books Building Reopens As Auto Shop -

A new chapter began this week in the home of the former Burkes’ Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave. in Midtown. After months of extensive renovations and additions to the 84-year-old structure, it has reopened as Steve’s Tire & Auto Service Center.

85. Court Reverses Whole Foods-Wild Oats Ruling -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whole Foods' long-running effort to acquire its rival organic supermarket chain Wild Oats isn't completely out of the legal woods yet.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel overturned Tuesday a lower court ruling from last year that allowed Whole Foods Market Inc. to acquire Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc.

86. Partnership Turns New Page for Vacant Burke's Building -

The former Burke's Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave. has sold for $445,000 to Poplar Auto Partners, an investment group headed by commercial real estate broker Mark Johnson.

The sale closed April 7, the same day the company filed a $1.1 million construction loan through Covenant Bank for renovations to the 84-year-old building's exterior and interior, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

87. Flea Market to Open Off Jackson Avenue -

A local businessman wants to cultivate a giant open-air market on land that once was the site of a dilapidated apartment complex in North Memphis.

Joseph Sy, a developer with various real estate interests across the country, bought 28.9 acres in 2005 on the northwest side of Jackson Avenue, near the Interstate 40 interchange. The Yorktown Apartments once stood there, greeting nearby residents with a host of problems ranging from gunshots to vagrants who loitered around the complex.

88. Whole Foods Market,Wild Oats Markets Merge -      Whole Foods Market Inc. and Wild Oats Markets last week announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement.
     Whole Foods Market will acquire Wild Oats Markets' outstanding common st

89. New Retail Concept Enters Local Market -

In about three weeks, the world will get a little flatter for Memphis bargain hunters.

World Market, a retailer that was founded in San Francisco as a modest import business, will open its doors to shoppers at three Memphis-area locations, where they'll be able to fill their carts with an international treasure trove of items such as sarongs, tribal masks and hand-crafted baskets.

90. Archived Article: Cordova (lead) - Lead

New phase on tap for Cordova Collection

By LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

The Earl of Sandwich is just one of several new businesses set to open when a new phase of the Cordova Collection at Dexter retail and office development comes on...

91. Archived Article: Sq Foods (lead) - Natural foods store reenters Midtown Natural foods store finds home in Square By SUE PEASE The Daily News For Midtown residents aching for more selection in health food purchasing, the wait is almost over. A new health food store, but one reminiscen...

92. Archived Article: Co-op (lead) - By: JENNIFER MURLEY Co-op organizers plan for Midtown opening By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News In response to the gaping hole left behind after the eastward migration of the health foods store Wild Oats, a group of local grass roots organizers plan...

93. Archived Article: Marketplace - By SUE PEASE Local businesses focus on growing Latino community By SUE PEASE The Daily News The Latino population is rapidly growing in Memphis and business owners are taking notice. To target the growing market, local businesses are gearing product...

94. Archived Article: Tech Briefs - BellSouth Business recently announced a new unit dedicated to helping its mid-sized and large business customers improve customer interaction through modernizing their call centers BellSouth Business recently announced a new unit dedicated to helpin...

95. Archived Article: Tig - A Dallas-based industrial property management group is moving into permanent offices in South Memphis Dallas-based company moves to new offices By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News A Dallas-based industrial property management group is moving into perman...