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1. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

2. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

3. Phoenix REIT Purchases 2 Walgreens for $11.3 Million -

A Phoenix-based real estate investment trust has acquired two Walgreens stores from the retailer’s parent company.

ARCP WG Memphis TN LLC and ARCP WG Bartlett 5950 Stage Road LLC, both affiliates of Phoenix-based American Realty Capital Properties, acquired the Walgreens stores at 3670 Riverdale Road and 5950 Stage Road in Bartlett from the Walgreen Co. for $11.3 million, according to two Nov. 24 special warranty deeds.

4. Millennial Challenge: Do I Rent or Do I Own? -

Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.

5. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

6. What We Can All Learn From Techies -

Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.

7. Plans Emerge for Universal Life Building -

In major Downtown news, the on-again, off-again redevelopment of the Universal Life Insurance Co. building Downtown appears to be on.

8. Bank of Bartlett Buys Germantown Property -

1870 Kirby Parkway
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $4.1 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Buyer: Bank of Bartlett
Seller: Spence Ray
Details: Bank of Bartlett has bought back a site on Kirby Parkway in Germantown for $4.1 million.

9. City Officials Ponder Macy’s Whitehaven Exit -

Memphis officials say they were blindsided by the announcement from Macy’s that it was closing its store at Southland Mall in Whitehaven and hope they can prevent more retailers from closing inner city locations.

10. Phoenix REIT Purchases 2 Walgreens for $11.3 Million -

A Phoenix-based real estate investment trust has acquired two Walgreens stores from the retailer’s parent company.

ARCP WG Memphis TN LLC and ARCP WG Bartlett 5950 Stage Road LLC, both affiliates of Phoenix-based American Realty Capital Properties, acquired the Walgreens stores at 3670 Riverdale Road and 5950 Stage Road in Bartlett from the Walgreen Co. for $11.3 million, according to two Nov. 24 special warranty deeds.

11. Cordova Retail Center Sells for $1.2 Million -

An affiliate of a Georgia-based real estate investment company has acquired a Cordova shopping center for $1.2 million.

CPT Berryhill LLC, which is affiliated with Marietta, Ga.-based Clifton Property Trust, bought the 17,500-square-foot Shops at Berryhill shopping center at 1890 Berryhill Road in Cordova from Berry Hill 169 LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based Ram Realty Services, according to a Dec. 30 special warranty deed. Ram Realty acquired the property out of default in 2010 for $400,000.

12. Crosstown Developers File $80.5 Million Loan -

The Crosstown development team has secured an $80.5 million loan on the property.

Crosstown Building Owner LLC filed the loan with SunTrust Bank, according to a Dec. 30 deed of trust. McLean Wilson, the Crosstown development team’s co-leader, signed the trust deed.

13. Cordova Retail Center Sells for $1.2 Million -

An affiliate of a Georgia-based real estate investment company has acquired a Cordova shopping center for $1.2 million.

CPT Berryhill LLC, which is affiliated with Marietta, Ga.-based Clifton Property Trust, bought the 17,500-square-foot Shops at Berryhill shopping center at 1890 Berryhill Road in Cordova from Berry Hill 169 LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based Ram Realty Services, according to a Dec. 30 special warranty deed. Ram Realty acquired the property out of default in 2010 for $400,000.

14. European Job Hunt -

When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It was a European city that in some ways reminded me of home. People were incredibly friendly. The culture was built around music, food and socializing. The city’s core is a similar size to Downtown Memphis, and it’s built around a river.

15. Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement -

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

16. Concerns Raised About Ikea Incentives -

Some city of Memphis officials are concerned that offering tax incentives to Swedish furniture retailer Ikea could set a dangerous precedent, one that could open the door for other retailers, including large mall owners, to seek the tax breaks.

17. The Preserve at Southwind Sells for $28 Million -

7991 Capilano Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Sale Amount: $28 million

Sale Date: Dec. 22, 2014
Buyer: Southwind Apartments LP
Seller: G&I VII Preserve at Southwind Apartments LP
Loan Amount: $18 million
Loan Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Maturity Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Lender: Jackson National Life Insurance Co.
Details: A team that includes Memphis-based Foegelman Venture Partners has sold The Preserve at Southwind apartment community for $28 million.

18. Crosstown Developers File $80.5 Million Loan -

The Crosstown development team has secured an $80.5 million loan on the property.

Crosstown Building Owner LLC filed the loan with SunTrust Bank, according to a Dec. 30 deed of trust. McLean Wilson, the Crosstown development team’s co-leader, signed the trust deed.

19. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

20. Building the Base -

It was late September, and local officials were deeply engaged with retail giant Target as the company explored investing in an online fulfillment center in Memphis when the discussions turned toward a familiar subject.

21. Crosstown Developers File $80.5 Million Loan -

The Crosstown development team has secured an $80.5 million loan on the property.

Crosstown Building Owner LLC filed the loan with SunTrust Bank, according to a Dec. 30 deed of trust. McLean Wilson, the Crosstown development team’s co-leader, signed the trust deed.

22. Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space -

Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.

Loeb purchased the long-time home of club and restaurant Newby’s at 535 and 539 Highland St. from Paragon Bank. A purchase price was not disclosed Friday, Jan. 2.

23. REIT Buys Distribution Center for $14.5 Million -

A large distribution center in Southeast Memphis has traded hands for $14.5 million, and it’s another out-of-state real estate investment trust doing the buying.

Crown Memphis Associates LLC sold the distribution center at 4836 Hickory Hill Road to SIR Properties Trust, an affiliate of Massachusetts-based Select Income REIT, according to a Dec. 23 warranty deed. Select Income REIT primarily owns properties that are net leased to single tenants. Around 35 percent of SIR’s rents are from land the company owns in Hawaii that is under long term lease to clients with the remaining revenues coming from single-tenant office and industrial properties across the U.S.

24. Bioworks Helped Spur Memphis Economy in 2014 -

In a variety of ways, the biosciences industry in Memphis helped lead the way in 2014 in terms of job creation and laying a foundation for economic growth in the future.

About that groundwork for growth to come, for example, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation got tapped early in 2014 to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in the city called The EPIcenter, with the goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 companies in the city over the next decade.

25. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.

26. Fogelman Affiliate Files Loan on Former Cozymel’s Site -

6450 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

Loan Date: Dec. 17, 2014
Maturity Date: Jan. 1, 2023
Borrower: Crown Centre LLC
Lender: Financial Federal Bank
Details: A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II has filed a loan on a key piece of East Memphis land.

27. You Can’t Afford a Job Search Holiday -

The holiday season is a perfect chance to spend quality time with friends and family. It’s fun to put up holiday decorations, exchange gifts, and attend holiday gatherings. If we’re lucky, we get lots of rest, and extra time doing things we enjoy.

28. Walgreen Fiscal First-Quarter Profit Jumps 16 Percent -

Stronger sales from established stores helped Walgreen trump first-quarter expectations, and the nation's largest drugstore chain said Tuesday that a major acquisition expected to stoke its global reach and buying clout should close next week.

29. City, County Catch Late-Year Economic Development Surge -

Through September, things were looking somewhat bleak for Memphis and Shelby County on the economic development front.

At that point in the year the city and county were on pace to tie a record low for the number of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agreements granted to companies in a year. While granting fewer tax incentives could be viewed as good news because companies were more fiscally sound or confident about operating in Memphis and Shelby County, the lower level of activity represented a dip in the level of economic investment in the area.

30. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

31. E-Commerce Shift Could Benefit Region -

The Target online distribution center slated to open in Memphis next year is not only a major jobs generator in an area desperate for them, it could signal the region’s arrival as an e-commerce-based distribution hub, according to real estate experts.

32. Target, Cummins Awarded Tax Breaks -

Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,400 jobs.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for Target and Cummins Inc.

33. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape -

A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp.

34. Ikea to Open First Tennessee Store in Memphis -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea will open its first Tennessee store in Memphis next year, according to several people familiar with the effort and confirmed by Ikea representatives Monday.

The company and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will announce the store Tuesday, Dec. 16, according to several sources. A statement to the media Monday night read: "Ikea, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, will announce plans on Tuesday morning for a proposed Memphis store. The proposed Ikea Memphis would be the first Ikea store in either Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi and would increase the Swedish retailer's presence in the Southeastern U.S."

35. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure -

The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.

36. Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale -

A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.

37. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure -

The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.

38. DeSoto Sears Distribution Center Up For Lease -

Struggling retailer Sears says it remains committed to the Memphis market despite that its 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch is being marketed for lease.

Exeter Property Group recently began marketing the once-powerful retailer’s massive distribution center at 10425 Ridgewood Drive in Olive Branch for lease, a signal to some local real estate officials that Sears – which is facing significant financial and market headwinds – could be closing the center.

39. AutoZone Net Income Up 9.3 Percent -

AutoZone kicked off its new fiscal year with another quarter of growth, posting increases in same-store sales and earnings per share that are typical of earning announcements from the Memphis-based auto parts retailer.

40. Dollar General Misses Street 3Q Forecasts -

Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.

41. Wunderlich Investment Taps New Finance Chief -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has a new chief financial officer at its holding company, Wunderlich Investment Co.

42. Kemmons Wilson Cos. Announces New Leaders -

Kemmons Wilson Cos., a family-run business started by Holiday Inn Hotels founder Kemmons Wilson, has announced a new leadership team.

Spence Wilson Jr., Kemmons Wilson III, McLean Wilson and Webb Wilson – all grandsons of Kemmons Wilson – are now principals of the firm. The previous second-generation family leadership group, Spence Wilson Sr., Robert Wilson, and Kemmons Wilson Jr., will remain members of the board of directors.

43. Barnes & Noble, Microsoft End Nook Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bookseller Barnes & Noble said Thursday it is ending its commercial agreement with Microsoft for its Nook e-book reader ahead of its planned Nook spinoff.

The news came as the largest U.S. traditional bookseller reported second-quarter net income that missed expectations.

44. Dollar General Misses Street Third-Quarter Forecasts -

Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.

45. Anixter Moving Memphis Distribution Operations -

A leading supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components is relocating to a new Memphis distribution center.

Anixter International Inc., which is based in the Chicago area, has leased 100,000 square feet at 4001 Hickory Hill Road inside Memphis Distribution Center. Anixter will be relocating from 4580 S. Mendenhall Road, where DDN is expanding.

46. Next Generation Takes Helm of Kemmons Wilson Cos. -

A new leadership team has taken the reins at Kemmons Wilson Cos., the family-run business started by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson.

Spence Wilson Jr., Kemmons Wilson III, McLean Wilson and Webb Wilson – all grandsons of Kemmons Wilson – are now principals of the firm. The previous second-generation family leadership group, Spence Wilson Sr., Robert Wilson, and Kemmons Wilson Jr., will remain members of the board of directors.

47. Wunderlich Investment Taps New Finance Chief -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has a new chief financial officer at its holding company, Wunderlich Investment Co.

48. Wunderlich Taps New Chief Financial Officer -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has a new chief financial officer at its holding company, Wunderlich Investment Co.

The Memphis-based investment firm has tapped Stacy Hodges as its new CFO. She brings two decades of financial services experience to the role, mostly with Dallas-based Southwest Securities. She also has a background in public accounting.

49. Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship -

TRACY, California (AP) – A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.

50. It’s Time to Update Your Website When … -

Take a minute to think about your company’s website. Does it invoke a sense of pride, or do you cringe and immediately think, “We should really work on that … eventually”?

In today’s fast-paced, technologically advanced world, your website is the window into your company, its mission and its values. It can make or break sales, bring in or repel new business and either be a talking point for your business or something you hope clients never comment on. Which category does your website fall into?

51. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

52. AutoZone Shares Draw Interest From New Research Firms -

The stock of Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has picked up new coverage from a handful of investment firms in recent weeks that have assigned a range of ratings to the stock.

53. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

54. Boyle Sees Opportunity in East Memphis -

Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. hopes to break ground next year on a new office building at its Ridgeway Center complex near Poplar Avenue and Shady Grove Road, according to company officials.

55. Paragon Bank Launches Wealth Solutions Group -

Paragon Bank has formed a wealth solutions division, a group of six led by president and managing director Dan Overbey, in a move beyond its traditional banking services to offer a new suite of products to customers.

56. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $70 Million Building Permit for Hotel -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $70 million

57. Microsoft Surpasses Exxon as 2nd Most Valuable Co. -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

58. Wunderlich Adds to Equity Capital Markets -

The last few weeks have been a time of expansion and growth for Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc.

59. Hillwood to Launch Two Spec Buildings in DeSoto County -

A Texas-based development firm will start turning dirt soon on a massive new business park in DeSoto County.

Hillwood Investment Properties is expected to begin site work in around 30 days on Legacy Park, a 266-acre distribution and business park on the south side of Goodman Road, just east of Hacks Cross Road near Polk Lane.

60. Highland Row Developer Applies for $6.7 Million Permit -

387 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $6.7 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Application Date: November 2014
Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers
Details: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

61. 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.

62. Hook, Line & Sinker -

In May, when the first guests at Big Cypress Lodge inside The Pyramid open the French doors in their rooms, they’ll be able to walk onto a patio overlooking the sprawling interior of the Bass Pro Shops store and attraction, including a re-creation of Delta cypress swamp and 600,000 gallons of water features.

63. FedEx Founder: Expect More Automation -

FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith is pretty confident that robotics, automation and perhaps drones will play an increasingly large role in the FedEx of the future.

64. Park Avenue Professional Building Sells for $1.3M -

An affiliate of Memphis-based Belz Enterprises has sold an East Memphis office building for $1.3 million.

Belz Investco GP sold the Park Avenue Professional Building at 930 S. White Station Road, at the northeast corner of White Station and Park Avenue, to Mem1 RE LLC, according to an Oct. 31 warranty deed. The buyer is affiliated with Dallas-based real estate investment company Pro Domo LLC.

65. Tech Support -

As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.

66. Park Avenue Professional Building Sells for $1.3 Million -

An affiliate of Memphis-based Belz Enterprises has sold an East Memphis office building for $1.3 million.

Belz Investco GP sold the Park Avenue Professional Building at 930 S. White Station Road, at the northeast corner of White Station and Park Avenue, to Mem1 RE LLC, according to an Oct. 31 warranty deed. The buyer is affiliated with Dallas-based real estate investment company Pro Domo LLC.

67. Investment Group Buying Varsity Brands -

A private equity firm is in the process of leading an acquisition of Memphis-based Varsity Brands.

The latter is comprised of a portfolio of three school achievement brands – Herff Jones, BSN Sports and Varsity Spirit. Varsity Brands’ current leadership, under the terms of the proposed acquisition agreement, will get to both keep their current positions and join the investment group led by Charlesbank Capital Partners that’s buying the firm.

68. Midtown Cash Saver Property Sells for $5.3 Million -

1620 Madison Ave.
Memphis TN 38104
Sale Amount: $5.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Buyer: LAG Memphis LLC
Seller: Super Market Developers Inc.
Loan Amount: $3.9 million
Loan Date: Oct. 24, 2014
Lender: Ladder Capital Finance LLC
Details: The Cash Saver property on Madison Avenue in Midtown has been sold for $5.3 million.

69. 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.

70. No More ‘Hope and Prayer’ Marketing -

The average company spends 3 to 5 percent of revenue on marketing, which is certainly not a trivial expense. Why, then, do so many companies invest so little time in the construction of the marketing plan that ensures that investment is well spent?

71. Out-of-Patience Investors Sell Off Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.

72. UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge in December Shipments -

UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up.

The company recently said it is hiring up to 95,000 people to handle the tremendous volume this year, way up from the 55,000 seasonal workers it hired in 2013.

73. I Choose Memphis: Edward C-W Harper IV -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Edward C-W Harper IV

74. US Stocks Jump Following Strong Corporate Earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday.

Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook for the year. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, was among other companies that gained after releasing impressive third-quarter results.

75. Spirited Revival -

One of the oldest and most prominent names in Memphis business is in the midst of transforming a Downtown warehouse, reviving a premium liquor brand that disappeared with Prohibition and restoring its prominent role in the community.

76. Incentive Applications Lag Previous Years -

Until a spate of activity this month, Memphis and Shelby County were on pace to tie a record-low for the number of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements granted to companies in a year.

Through September, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine, the primary business incentive body in Memphis and Shelby County, had awarded just four PILOTs, tied with 2006 for the lowest amount of PILOTs issued in a year since 2002.

77. Sprouts Farmers Market Applies for Building Permit -

3150 Village Shops Drive
Germantown, TN 38138

Project Cost: $1.5 million

Applied: Oct. 14, 2014

78. Waterford Place Apartments Sells for $28.3 Million -

The 320-unit Waterford Place Apartments in Southeast Shelby County has sold to an entity affiliated with Chicago-based Trilogy Real Estate Group for $28.3 million, or about $88,438 per unit.

TMF III Waterford Place Partnership purchased the complex in an Oct. 16 special warranty deed from WRF-Waterford Place LLC, an entity related to Boston-based real estate investment trust Winthrop Realty Trust. Winthrop bought the property in April 2012 for $21.5 million.

79. 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.

80. Recruiter’s Career Twist -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

81. Collierville Storage Facility Sells for $3.9 Million -

A California-based owner and operator of self-storage facilities has purchased a Collierville storage facility for $3.9 million.

LifeStorage, through an entity operating as SSTN 651 S. Rowlett Street LLC, acquired the 62,170-square-foot facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. from LottaStorage LLC, according to an Oct. 6 special warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $2.2 million.

82. EDGE Approves Trio of PILOT Tax Breaks -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – received tax breaks for projects in Memphis that total more than $25 million in capital investment and will create 272 new jobs.

83. Long-Term Success -

Insurance products by definition tend to be long-term oriented, providing value over an extended period of time. No surprise, then, that Memphis insurance agency Lipscomb & Pitts, which opened its doors with one employee in 1954, all of a sudden finds itself celebrating 60 years in business.

84. EDGE Approves Trio Of PILOT Tax Breaks -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – received tax breaks for projects in Memphis that total more than $25 million in capital investment and will create 272 new jobs.

85. Collierville Storage Facility Sells for $3.9 Million -

A California-based owner and operator of self-storage facilities has purchased a Collierville storage facility for $3.9 million.

LifeStorage, through an entity operating as SSTN 651 S. Rowlett Street LLC, acquired the 62,170-square-foot facility at 651 S. Rowlett St. from LottaStorage LLC, according to an Oct. 6 special warranty deed. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $2.2 million.

86. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Projects -

Three companies – including a wing of Memphis-based FedEx – are considering investing more than $25 million in Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

“It's always good to see FedEx expanding and the other two projects appear to be new to Memphis,” said Kemp Conrad, principal of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. “This balanced growth is encouraging and we expect more good news later in the fourth quarter."

87. Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Distribution Projects -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

88. Three Companies Seek PILOTs to Create 272 Jobs -

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

The third-party logistics arm of FedEx is considering an expansion in Memphis.

FedEx Supply Chain Systems Inc. is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze to grow its local operations by investing $6.8 million in a 454,713-square-foot warehouse at 5050 E. Holmes Road and creating 87 new jobs.

89. Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN -

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

And, like last year, Memphis companies again represent almost half of the statewide batch of companies taking part in the program.

90. United States Cold Storage Expands in Covington -

A refrigerated warehouse logistics provider is expanding in Covington with a $48 million investment that will create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

United States Cold Storage will add a new distribution and warehouse facility adjacent to the Unilever ice cream facility in Covington, one of the largest ice cream plants in the world.

91. Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers -

NEW YORK (AP) – People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that's pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent.

Dance studio owner Andrea Bisconti has experienced the challenge firsthand. When Kellie Love, an instructor there, said she was planning to leave to start a business of her own, Bisconti decided to act. Love inspires students to keep coming back for more lessons and brings in more than a quarter of the studio's revenue, says Bisconti, owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

92. Williams-Sonoma Growth Highlights DeSoto Push -

In 1999, Williams-Sonoma Inc. opened its first DeSoto County distribution center on Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

93. Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $29.8 Million -

9135 Morning Ridge Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $29.8 million

Sale Date: Sept. 11, 2014
Buyer: IRT Stonebridge Crossing Apartments Owner LLC
Seller: AB Merion Stonebridge LLC
Details: The 500-unit Stonebridge Crossing apartment complex in Cordova has traded hands.

94. Inferno Celebrates 15 Years, Charitable Milestone -

Anniversaries are a time of reflecting on past successes, and the Memphis-based advertising, marketing, design and PR firm inferno is at just such a moment. Except the 15-year anniversary it’s now celebrating is as much about where it’s going as where it’s been.

95. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

96. Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored -

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

97. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Companies Win Funding -

One mark of the success of a startup accelerator program is if investors like what they see, once participating companies have gone through the program and are making pitches for funding.

By that standard, ZeroTo510 – the medical device company accelerator based in Memphis – continues to prove its value by setting up its participants to score the funding they need to build sustainable businesses. Two companies that went through ZeroTo510’s 2014 summer program – Compression Kinetics and EndoInSight – have been tapped to continue to the program’s next phase, also landing $100,000 in new funding each.

98. Groundbreaking Held for Arkansas Steel Mill -

Officials say a new $1.3 billion steel mill will be an economic boon for northeastern Arkansas.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning near Osceola for the Big River Steel mill, which is expected to bring about 2,000 temporary construction jobs and 500 full-time jobs once it is up and running.

99. AutoZone Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Results -

AutoZone Inc. shares dropped more than 4 percent Monday afternoon after reporting fourth-quarter revenue that missed Wall Street expectations.

100. AutoZone Tops Fourth-Quarter Profit Expectations -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – AutoZone Inc. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $373.7 million.