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1. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

2. Room for Growth -

Sardor and Gulam Umarov are used to fighting battles with seemingly long odds.

Between 2005 and 2009, the brothers waged a high-profile human rights campaign against the authoritarian government in their native Uzbekistan for the release of their father, Sanjar Umarov, a Germantown businessman thrown into prison for opposing the regime.

3. Smart Growth Plan Sets Stage in Germantown -

In 2007, the city of Germantown adopted its Smart Growth plan and accompanying zoning regulations, which promoted more walkable, accessible mixed-use development in its central business district and surrounding neighborhoods.

4. Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs -

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

5. 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.

6. Carlisle Corp. Buys Sharky’s Property -

6201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $2.9 million

Sale Date: July 29, 2014
Buyer: Wendelta Property Holdings LLC
Seller: Aaron Muschel
Details: An affiliate of Carlisle Corp. has paid $2.9 million for the recently closed Sharky’s Gulf Grill at 6201 Poplar Ave.

7. Polo Shops Retail Center Sells for $2.6 Million -

The Polo Shops retail center at 7444 Winchester Road and 7464 Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis has sold for $2.6 million.

8. 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.

9. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

10. Shops of Wolflake Sells for $3.8 Million -

2965 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $3.8 million

Sale Date: May 20, 2014
Buyer: Bartlett Interests LLC
Seller: Pref Wolflake Partners GP
Details: The Shops of Wolflake retail strip center at 2965 N. Germantown Road in Bartlett has sold for $3.8 million.

11. 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.

12. MalmoMemphis Completes Three Law Firm Leases -

Three Memphis law firms represented by MalmoMemphis Real Estate Inc. have renewed their office leases or leased new spaces.

13. Vapor Haze of the Future -

Create A Cig, located in a strip mall on Poplar Avenue across from East High School, is not just an electronic cigarette retail store.

Walk inside and you feel like you are in a coffee house (notice the Jenga and Yahtzee games), in an ice cream parlor (not just 31 flavors, but a base of 250), and in a head shop – it smells rather like incense burning, and the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” from 1978 is playing through the speakers.

14. Polo Shops Sells for $3.1 Million After Foreclosure -

7444 Winchester Road7464 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $3.1 million

15. Polo Shops Sells for $3.1 Million After Foreclosure -

The Polo Shops retail center on Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis has sold for $3.1 million following a foreclosure.

An entity called TOP11 - 7444 Winchester RD LLC bought the property, whose addresses are 7444 Winchester Road and 7464 Winchester Road, in a Feb. 19 substitute trustee’s deed from R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

16. Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid -

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

But it appears to now be in December depending on who you talked with this week as the outdoors retailer offered a look inside The Pyramid.

17. Council to Review Mall Conversions -

Memphis City Council members get a look at plans for the redevelopment of two shopping malls Tuesday, Feb. 18.

But the council’s last meeting for February apparently won’t include any presentation of a proposal to change the benefits of new city hires and city employees with less than 10 years on the job, as promised earlier by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

18. Germantown Board OKs Whole Foods Zoning -

Two major retail projects in Germantown have received a green light to move forward.

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, Jan. 27, approved several zoning exemptions for a proposed Whole Foods store – important votes that moved the project closer to completion – as well as a redevelopment plan for the Shops at Saddle Creek.

19. Grocery Wine Bill Negotiations Near Breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. Neon Welcome Sign Could Shine Once Again -

The neon sign on the Lone Star Industries Inc. silos by The Pyramid arena that welcomed visitors to Memphis from the west may be making a comeback of sorts.

26. Square Roots -

Breakaway Running owner Barry Roberson was blown away by the crowds who visited his new Overton Square store, which opened Oct. 30.

27. ‘Pro-Business’ -

The explosive population growth and business-friendly environment in DeSoto County have combined to transform its formerly sleepy suburbs into thriving retail and industrial development centers.

Today, Goodman Road looks more and more like a busy commercial strip in Memphis, and DeSoto County has become the favored location for large industrial developers.

28. ‘Pro-Business Environment’ -

The explosive population growth and business-friendly environment in DeSoto County have combined to transform its formerly sleepy suburbs into thriving retail and industrial development centers.

Today, Goodman Road looks more and more like a busy commercial strip in Memphis, and DeSoto County has become the favored location for large industrial developers.

29. 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.

30. Short-Term Leases Next for South Memphis -

The temporary storefronts are down at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue in South Memphis from this weekend’s MEMfix event.

But some of the other changes remain with plans for more to come.

31. Overton Square Garage Opens -

Visitors to Overton Square know that parking has been at a premium recently, with side streets around the entertainment district filling up as quickly as the restaurants and shops there.

Parking at Overton Square should get much easier with the opening of its 451-space parking garage at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Florence Street. The city-owned garage opened this weekend, and parking is free for the rest of October.

32. Baptist Begins Construction on $14.1 Million Pediatric ER -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. began construction this week on a new pediatric emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

33. Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City -

The Shops of Saddle Creek is in store for a multimillion-dollar makeover and expansion, a project that will likely be the first of several development dominoes to fall in Germantown.

Texas-based Trademark Property Co., which has operated the retail center since 2011, will expand the portion of the 148,000-square-foot lifestyle center on the southwest side of Poplar Avenue and West Street in Germantown.

34. Midtown Mix -

Go by Overton Square during lunch or at night, and the place is usually overflowing with visitors – some who want lunch, dinner or a libation, and some who come just to enjoy the simple pleasure of people-watching.

35. Events -

Germantown Community Theatre and the Salvation Army Kroc Center will present “Peter Pan” Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28, at the theater, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road; and Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. For more information, visit gctcomeplay.org or call 937-3023.

36. Fresh Market Eyes Midtown Property for New Store -

The Fresh Market, the upscale specialty grocery store, has had its sights on Midtown Memphis for some time and may have found the right address.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based grocer and retailer is eyeing the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, according to several sources, who said the property is under contract to be purchased.

37. Bass Pro Shops’ Signage Has ‘Classier’ Look -

Bass Pro Shops has changed signage plans for The Pyramid and is including a “sky ride” to the top of the building along with two new balconies outside the two-level observation deck, all part of an effort to embrace the structure’s iconic place in the city’s skyline.

38. Historic Transformation -

Around nine years ago Scott Blake was walking to St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral when he noticed a window in the tower at the historic James Lee House in Victorian Village had been blown out, exposing it to the elements.

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

4270 Summer Ave. Memphis, TN 38122

Sale Amount: $14.6 million

Sale Date: June 18, 2013

40. 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.

41. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

42. Lighting the Spark -

Somewhere, there’s an entrepreneur scribbling an idea on little more than the back of a napkin. Someone else has all the pieces of a new company in place, and now they’re ready to dial for dollars. Entrepreneurs are a talented bunch, but that talent doesn’t always include a knack for management or finance – skill sets that plenty of experts in Memphis stand ready to help explain.

43. Polo Shops on Winchester Facing Foreclosure -

The Polo Shops on Winchester Road is facing foreclosure after owner MPI/Polo I & II defaulted on a $3.9 million loan, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Thursday, Feb. 7, edition of the Daily News.

44. Sekisui, Circa to Relocate Spaces -

Two East Memphis restaurants soon will have new addresses. 

Sekisui is moving from its original location in the Shops of Humphreys Center, 50 Humphreys Blvd., into Circa by John Bragg’s space in Regalia Shopping Center at 6150 Poplar Ave., suite 122. Circa plans to relocate west to Chickasaw Crossing, 2855 Poplar, in the space where Ronnie Grisanti’s restaurant operated for years.

45. 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.

46. Starbucks to Open 1,500 More Cafes in the US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.

The plan, which would boost the number of Starbucks cafes in the country by about 13 percent, was announced at the company's investor day in New York Wednesday. Taking into account Canada and South America, the company plans to add a total of 3,000 new cafes in its broader Americas region.

47. MemShop Latest Boon for Overton Square -

A year ago, Loeb Properties Inc. was granted the green light from Memphis City Council for the funds necessary to construct a parking lot and detention pond west of Cooper Street – the last component in the more than $30 million public/private partnership to revitalize the once thriving Overton Square district.

48. Panda to Build Restaurant On Winchester Outparcel -

7525 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Cost: $791,345

Project Cost: N/A

49. AA Concepts Files Permit Next to Urban Outfitters -

Houston-based retailer AA Concepts Inc. will soon fill the space to the east of Urban Outfitters Inc. at the gateway to the Cooper-Young community in Midtown.

50. Fun Ways To Give Back This Weekend -

Last week we highlighted MidSouth Sober Living, which is a local nonprofit creating sober living, transitional housing centers for those embarking on a new start in life. Now that summer has revved into high gear, let us share some opportunities to enjoy the weekend while easily and affordably giving back to our community.

51. New Ideas for Fairgrounds Emerge As Bass Pro Project Moves Ahead -

A C Wharton Jr. noted last week that as Shelby County mayor he signed the paperwork selling Shelby County government’s partial ownership interest in The Pyramid to the city of Memphis. And as Memphis mayor, he signed the paperwork making the city’s exclusive ownership of The Pyramid official.

52. New Owner For Bartlett Car Wash Property -

A former car wash site in Bartlett has traded hands. Nyan Jaf acquired the 0.71-acre lot at 5960 Summer Ave. from Mr. Carwash LLC for $65,000.

53. Turning Point -

In World War II, it was the beaches of Normandy. During the Great Recession, it was the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In Shakespeare's “Hamlet,” it's the reaction of Claudius when he storms out of the play that Hamlet staged in an attempt to guess whether his uncle killed his father.

54. J.C. Penney Gets Rid of Hundreds of Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.

Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting on Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an "Every Day" pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year.

55. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

56. Capitoline Moves To SE Memphis Center -

A Rome, Ga.-based surface components manufacturer is relocating its distribution facility to the Southeast Memphis industrial submarket.

Capitoline Products has signed a 23,500-square-foot lease at 5805 Advantage Cove, confirmed the firm’s co-owner, L.G. Smith. The company is currently located off Lamar Avenue.

57. JLS Enterprises Buys SE Market Warehouse -

A 51,000-square-foot industrial building in the Southeast submarket has traded hands. JLS Enterprises LLC purchased 4021 Delp St. in Airport Industrial Park for $850,000. The warehouse currently houses Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and is 100 percent occupied.

58. Street Signs -

More than a year after the city of Memphis reached an out-of-court settlement with Performa Entertainment that would put day-to-day control of the Beale Street entertainment district in the hands of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration, the federal bankruptcy case tied to that settlement remains unsettled.

59. Yosemite Sam’s Set to Close, Sell to Loeb -

Yosemite Sam’s, the longest-running existing business in Overton Square, will close Aug. 27, according to the owner, Faye Pannell.

60. ‘In This Together’ -

For some Memphis consumers, it’s a completely natural impulse to go out of the way to keep from going far away when there’s money to spend. Those particular consumers will run over a TCBY to get to YoLo, shove past a Starbucks to get their caffeine fix at Otherlands, Republic or Cafe Eclectic, hop over an IHOP to stand in line at Brother Juniper’s and dodge Dillard’s to suit up at shops like Oak Hall and James Davis.

61. CrescoAg Inks Lease for New Downtown HQ -

Downtown Memphis has landed another corporate headquarters. CrescoAg LLC, an independent information management company, has signed a new lease on 4,594 square feet at 88 Union Ave.

62. Incorrect Message -

Mud Island resident Kelly Earnest was out of town when several recent days of torrential rain contributed to the Mississippi River’s historic rise and crest of nearly 48 feet this week.

63. The Way We Roll -

Same-old brand-new. Five decades ago, my world was self-contained. Within a couple of blocks of my house on Highland, there were, in order of importance: not one but two drug stores with soda fountains, a movie theater, a bakery, a Dairy Queen, a Toddle House, Little Pigs Barbecue, a toy store, a five-and-dime, a record store, a Y – with a pool – the hill at the Waterworks, trains every day, a firehouse where they let you slide down the pole, and some grown-up stuff like a library, a hardware store, a vet, a bank, a post office, two grocery stores, six churches, three gas stations, a furniture store, a jewelry store, a barber shop, a beauty shop. And my school. And a college.

64. Pow! Duo of Comic Book Stores See Continued Success -

Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and many other comic book heroes and heroines have commanded the attention of dedicated fans since their debuts in the middle of the last century.

Just last month, a copy of “Amazing Fantasy #15,” a comic featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man back in 1962, sold for $1.1 million to a private collector.

65. Electrolux Officials Sign Downtown Office Lease -

Before it builds a new manufacturing plant at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, Electrolux will set up shop in Memphis with a Downtown office.

The Swedish appliance maker has signed a 14,000-square-foot lease at One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main St., where it will occupy the building’s entire 24th floor.

66. Blockbuster Shuttering All Memphis Stores -

Some Hollywood films are so predictable, viewers can see the ending coming long before the credits roll.

In hindsight, consumers may decide the story of Blockbuster Inc. – the giant video rental chain that in a matter of days will no longer have a brick-and-mortar presence in Memphis – falls in that category.

67. Yogurt Shop Slated for South Main Street -

94 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $80,000

Project Cost: n/a
Permit Date: Applied January 2011
Completion: n/a
Owner: BMJ LLC
Tenant: BMK of Memphis LLC

68. Eastgate Sells for $31.5 Million -

The Eastgate Shopping Center on Park Avenue in East Memphis has sold to a Dallas-based entity for $31.5 million from Belz Enterprises Inc., according to documents filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

69. Eastgate Sells for $31.5 Million -

The Eastgate Shopping Center on Park Avenue in East Memphis has sold to a Dallas-based entity for $31.5 million from Belz Enterprises, according to documents filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

70. Menlo Deal Tops Noteworthy Leases -

The Daily News in September launched a new weekly column called “Inked” to spotlight Memphis’ commercial leasing landscape.

Despite tough times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past four months. Here’s a rundown of some of the most noteworthy commercial leases since Inked’s debut:

71. Moving Forward -

As the commercial real estate market remained soft in 2010, a handful of major deals – including some to close the year – indicated light at the end of the tunnel.

The year ended with the top retail investment sale of the year when Loeb Properties Inc. bought Park Place Centre from Belz Enterprises Inc. for $10.3 million.

72. Loeb Buys Park Place for $10.3M -

Loeb Properties Inc. has bought Park Place Centre from Belz Enterprises Inc. for $10.3 million – the biggest retail transaction of the year.

73. Loeb Buys Park Place for $10.3M -

Loeb Properties Inc. has bought Park Place Centre from Belz Enterprises Inc. for $10.3 million – the biggest retail transaction of the year.

74. Soft Surge -

Self-serve frozen yogurt shops have popped up en masse across the Mid-South in recent months, with the latest batch coming online soon.

The newest addition to the market, Gracie Bleu, opened its doors last week.

75. EMHC Moving to Appling Farms, Doubling in Size -

Emergency Mobile Health Care is more than doubling the size of its Memphis corporate headquarters.

EMHC has signed a 14,200-square-foot lease at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. EMHC currently occupies 6,900 square feet at 5071 Wilfong Road, and also has an office in Jackson, Tenn.

76. Evolve Systems Grows Memphis Location -

Evolve Digital Media has more than doubled its Memphis location at Apple Tree Center in Hickory Hill.

The Memphis-based company expanded its lease from 2,520 to 6,327 square feet at 6073 Mount Moriah Road Extended. Tyler Tapley, associate with CB Richard Ellis Memphis, represented the landlord, Apple Tree Center Partnership.

77. Pet Hospital Signs Lease at Corner Shops -

A new pet hospital is among the most recent tenants at The Corner Shops of Canada Road.

The Lakeland Pet Hospital signed a new 3,850-square-foot lease in the 32,500-square-foot center, at the northwest corner of U.S. 64 and Canada Road in Lakeland.

78. Fearing Rout, Obama, Dems Reach to Female Voters -

SEATTLE (AP) — In a last-ditch effort to prevent electoral disaster, President Barack Obama and Democratic allies are vigorously wooing women voters, whose usually reliable support appears to have softened.

79. Stimulus Spending Looms Large in Midterm Contests -

DENVER (AP) — A photo of President Barack Obama hangs on the wall in CoraFaye's Cafe, a short walk from the Denver museum where Obama signed into law the most sweeping U.S. economic package in decades in an attempt to put people back to work and end the worst downturn since the Great Depression.

80. Air Park Property Sells For $730,000 -

Crump Commercial LLC recently closed on a property at 3850 Air Park St., a deal that has been in the works for about six months.

81. Cooper-Young Festival Means Big Biz for Neighborhood -

The music will be funky, the art will be eclectic, and the streets will be crowded with people in a slow-moving parade of tattoos and sunglasses, but organizers of Memphis’ largest one-day street festival, the Cooper-Young Festival, said business longevity is at the heart of it all.

82. MedVet Memphis Builds New Cordova Facility -

555 Trinity Creek Cove
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Amount: $3 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2010
Completion: May 2011 (open Summer 2011)
Owner: MedVet Memphis LLC
Tenant: MedVet Memphis LLC
Architect: archimania
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.

83. Shops at Rock Creek Sell for $4.4 Million -

The Shops at Rock Creek, a two-building, 61,000-square-foot strip shopping center built on two parcels in 2006, has sold for $4.4 million.

The buyers are Southstar Holdings UNCC LLC, with a 65 percent interest, and RC Memphis LLC, with a 35 percent interest. The seller is Wells Fargo Bank NA, acting as trustee for Morgan Stanley Capital I Inc., commercial mortgage pass-through certificates series 2006-IQ12. The buyers financed the purchase with a $3.4 million loan through First Tennessee Bank NA.

84. Realizing Dreams -

William Adair’s quad-cab, four-wheel-drive pickup truck is splattered with mud. The office where he parks it out back, a converted country home at the corner of Tenn. 196 and U.S. 72, is littered with maps.

85. Barboro Flats Set for Success -

The first residents who begin moving into Barboro Flats’ 92 apartments Thursday will find a host of amenities and urban comforts waiting for them inside the brand new five-story building at 100 South Main.

86. Memphis on the Rocks Latest Vision for Trailblazer -

Whether your drink of choice is cotton candy vodka, a more traditional gin and tonic or a no-nonsense straight-up bourbon, you can quench your thirst Thursday night on South Main Street at Memphis on the Rocks.

The celebration of fine distilled spirits will feature more than 50 premium brands of bourbon, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey from several distributors, including Memphis’ Southwestern Beverage Distributing.

87. $17.5M in Projects Approved by IDB -

A bottling plant, a luxury hotel and a research laboratory will soon see a combined $17.5 million in funding that Shelby County received through federal stimulus recovery zone facility bonds.

The stage is now set for an additional six projects to receive money through the program if the state reallocates unused funds to the area from other counties.

88. Wolfchase Files New Appraisal Challenge -

The owner of the most expensive piece of real estate in Shelby County isn’t finished challenging its 2009 appraisal.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, the owner of Wolfchase Galleria, is filing another appeal of the mall’s price tag, which the Shelby County Board of Equalization in March pegged at $150 million.

89. Hyneman Sells 3-acre Outparcel Of Lakeland’s Corner Shops -

2957 Canada Road
Lakeland, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $550,000

Sale Date: March 22, 2010
Buyer: A. Douglas Collins
Seller: Corner Shops LLC

90. Collins Buys Parcel In Lakeland’s Corner Shops -

Doug Collins has paid $550,000 for a roughly three-acre outparcel of the Corner Shops in Lakeland. The seller was Corner Shops LLC and the sale closed March 22.

91. Area Malls See Different Reappraisal Results -

When The Avenue Carriage Crossing opened in Collierville in 2005, its open-air, lifestyle center concept was touted as a hot new retail trend that would dramatically reshape the traditional mall experience.

92. Square Deal Undone -

A facelift has been in the works for about a year for a Midtown landmark that long ago succumbed to the real estate equivalent of jowls and wrinkled skin. But after months of planning, it now appears the proposed nips and tucks for Overton Square, a roughly 10-acre hodgepodge of shops, restaurants and a movie theater, won't be happening after all.

93. Shelby County’s Malls Fight Tax Appraisals -

In a sign of the rattled state of commercial property owners amid the lingering downturn, the owners of most of Shelby County’s major shopping malls are contesting their 2009 property appraisals.

The new values, which will determine the properties’ tax bills, were sent out earlier this year as part of the 2009 countywide reappraisal of property. The area’s five most prominent shopping centers – Wolfchase Galleria, The Avenue Carriage Crossing, Oak Court, Raleigh Springs Mall and Southland Mall – all saw their appraisals rise this year.

94. French Quarter’s Original Owners Buy Back Property -

The French Quarter Suites Hotel has come full circle, as the group that originally owned the property in the 1980s reacquired it last month for $1.5 million.

FQI LLC, a limited liability company whose chief manager is Ronald L. Kirkpatrick, bought the shuttered hotel at 2144 Madison Ave. from three sellers – Lodgian Memphis Property Owner LLC, Horace and Ann Proctor, and Martha D. Sutton – in three separate warranty deeds all dated in November.

95. CCC Loan Program Attracts More Applicants -

To bounce back from a more than 30 percent slide in sales from 2007 to 2008, Jeff Johnson has several changes in the works for Sauces, the Downtown restaurant he’s owned since last year.

The former general manager and bartender at Newby’s on Highland Street wants to add an outdoor awning, lights and fans to Sauces’ patio, which he also wants to keep open during more of the year. A new bar also is planned for the downstairs dining area at 95 South Main St.

96. Gardens of Germantown Secures Funding to Build Alzheimer’s Facility -

3179 Professional Plaza
Germantown, TN 38138
Loan Amount: $8 Million
Loan Date: July 16, 2009


Maturity Date: Aug. 1, 2050
Borrower: Gardens of Germantown LLC
Lender: Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage Inc.
Details: The developer of an Alzheimer’s facility called the Gardens of Germantown has filed an $8 million construction loan through Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage Inc.

97. $8M Loan Filed For Alzheimer’s Facility -

The developer of an Alzheimer’s facility called the Gardens of Germantown has filed an $8 million construction loan through Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage Inc.

98. Highland Hip -

The Highland strip is growing a skyline. The Stratum on Highland Street, a five-story apartment complex, was the first new structure west of the University of Memphis to sprout last August on the storied commercial strip itself.

99. There Goes the Neighborhood: New hope emerges in one of Memphis’ roughest areas -

Hope and despair have co-existed for a long time along the stretch of Poplar Avenue between Danny Thomas Boulevard and Decatur Street. And for the past two years, the area has seen more change than just about any other inner-city avenue in Memphis.

100. Hyneman Sells Lakeland Outparcel To California Investors -

2957 Canada Road
Lakeland, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $2 Million

Sale Date: June 19, 2009
Buyer: Debbie Ann Martinez and Michael Amerio, as trustees of the Debbie Ann Martinez 2003 Trust (50 percent); and Dawn Lizabeth Bubion and Michael Amerio, as trustees of the Dawn Lizabeth Bubion 2003 Trust (50 percent)
Seller: Corner Shops LLC