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1. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis
- Friday, July 17, 2015
Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.
2. Starbucks: Prices for Some Drinks to Go Up by 5 to 20 Cents
- Tuesday, July 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.
The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago.
3. Business in Politics
- Saturday, June 27, 2015
One of the first things Shea Flinn noticed when he left the Memphis City Council this year was that benches for audience members in the council chamber are less comfortable than council members’ seats.
4. Need Reason to Pay By Phone? Apple, Google Add New Features
- Monday, June 22, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.
5. Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed As Game Changer
- Monday, May 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.
Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.
6. Starbucks Hopes 'Mini Frappuccino' Tempts New Customers
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – If a small Frappuccino seems like too much of an indulgence, Starbucks is now selling a more petite version of the sugary coffee drink.
The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start selling a "Mini Frappuccino" starting Monday through July 6. The new size is just 10 ounces, compared with 12 ounces for the company's "tall" or small size.
7. Investors Buy Poplar Starbucks for $1.6M
- Saturday, May 09, 2015
Tennessee investors have acquired a Starbucks location at 3388 Poplar Ave. in the University of Memphis area for $1.6 million.
8. Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million
- Friday, May 08, 2015
A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.
An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial Corp. acquired the shopping center at the northwest corner of Quince Road and Kirby Parkway from Shops at Kirby Gate LLC, according to public records.
9. Investors Buy Poplar Avenue Starbucks for $1.6 Million
- Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Tennessee investors have acquired a Starbucks location at 3388 Poplar Ave. in the University of Memphis area for $1.6 million.
10. In Battle for Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables
- Wednesday, March 18, 2015
LINCOLN, Calif. (AP) – One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain's $5 billion-a-year plastic pods is how often the company's opponents use galactic comparisons.
11. Digital Marketing for All Generations
- Wednesday, March 04, 2015
A few years ago when speaking to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talked about the need for companies to use social media to build a “reservoir of trust” rather than just to sell more products.
12. High Flyer
- Saturday, February 21, 2015
She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.
13. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition
- Friday, January 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.
The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.
14. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns
- Monday, December 29, 2014
As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes.
Friends and relatives? Yes, them too.
Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. Retailers generally try to accommodate their wishes, or provide store credit. But it's not always easy.
15. Starbucks to Push More Food, Offer Mobile Ordering
- Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.
16. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel
- Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.
17. Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking
- Friday, October 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.
18. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line
- Wednesday, October 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.
Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.
19. Take Time to Connect and Share
- Monday, October 06, 2014
The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left.
I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation. I took my place at the table and looked down at the agenda. There was no discussion planned. It was just a report of what had been, what is and what will continue to be.
20. Where Should I Take My Nashville Visitors?
- Saturday, October 04, 2014
Getting into the short-term rental game also means being a tour guide for Music City.
Guests will want to know where to find Nashville’s hidden gems, those can’t-miss places every visitor should be lucky enough to experience.
21. McDonald's to Sell Packaged Coffee Nationally
- Wednesday, August 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's plans to start selling its packaged coffee at supermarkets nationally by early next year, a move intended to help raise the profile of the coffee sold at its U.S. restaurants.
22. Centennial Crossing Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million
- Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have sold for $3.4 million following foreclosure.
An entity called 7915 Winchester Road Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of CWCapital Asset Management LLC, bought 7915 Winchester Road and an outparcel of the center in a July 25 substitute trustee’s deed from R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
23. Two Centennial Crossing Parcels Face Foreclosure
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The owners of two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have defaulted on a loan and are facing foreclosure.
MLC Investors LLC (56.08 percent interest), EJP Investors LLC (38.71 percent) and EK Investors LLC (5.21 percent interest) defaulted on their $5.8 million loan through IXIS Real Estate Capital Inc. dated Nov. 17, 2006, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Tuesday, July 1, edition of The Daily News.
24. Starbucks Hiking Prices on Drinks, Bagged Coffee
- Monday, June 23, 2014
Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.
The Seattle-based chain also raised prices on some of the drinks sold in its cafes a year ago. The latest hikes don’t seem to be driven purely by the surging bean costs that have pressured other coffee sellers to raise prices, however, since Starbucks has said it already locked in its coffee contracts for the rest of this fiscal year and much of the next.
25. Starbucks Contribution to Scholarship Overstated
- Friday, June 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – It turns out Starbucks isn't contributing any upfront scholarship money to an online college degree program it introduced this week.
The Seattle-based company unveiled a program Monday that included a scholarship it described as "an investment" between Starbucks and Arizona State University. The program is designed to allow Starbucks workers to earn an online degree at the school at a steeply discounted rate.
26. Starbucks Clears College Degree Path for Workers
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers.
The coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an undergraduate degree available at a steep discount to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week.
27. Poetry in Motion
- Friday, May 02, 2014
Darius Clayton was one of the few people at a recent NAACP political forum who wasn’t running for Shelby County office this year or working for a candidate.
Clayton came to the event at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church as part of his immersion into the city’s political environment.
28. Starbucks to Roll Out Beer, Wine to More Cafes
- Friday, March 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.
The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years, although it didn't provide details on an exact timeline.
29. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many
- Thursday, March 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.
The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.
30. Cowork Memphis Opens Workspace Venture
- Monday, February 03, 2014
Freelancers and other busy professionals who work remotely, outside of a traditional office setting, probably know the feeling.
Their coffee shop is loud and sometimes a difficult place to work. Perhaps a phone call comes in that they need to step outside to take – while being stuck leaving papers spread out and a computer on the table inside. And working from home, of course, brings its own distractions.
31. Starbucks Hit by Migration to Online Shopping
- Monday, January 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – For marathon shoppers, stopping in at Starbucks is often a quick way to refuel. So where does that leave the cafes as more people decide to shop online from their couches?
32. Memphis Airport Loses Two Restaurants
- Monday, January 27, 2014
An Interstate Bar-B-Que restaurant and a Starbucks store are the latest casualties of reduced traffic at Memphis International Airport.
One of the two Interstate locations at the airport will close next month, along with one of the four Starbucks locations. Declining passenger traffic at the airport played a role in the closures.
33. Veteran Marketer to Discuss Loyalty at Chamber Lunch
- Friday, January 10, 2014
Chris Malone, a veteran marketer who has worked with organizations such as the NBA and The Coca-Cola Co., will be the featured speaker this month at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council program launch luncheon.
34. Delivering Memphis
- Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The school groups and local musicians who’ve serenaded visitors to Memphis International Airport in recent weeks are part of a broader plan to create a memorable travel experience at the airport.
Rather, a MEMorable travel experience, to use the airport leadership’s nomenclature, with the emphasis on the first three letters suggesting a need to give travelers more of a taste of Memphis that goes beyond obvious choices like barbecue and Elvis.
35. Bitcoin Gains Popularity in Memphis
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
Bitcoin has arrived in Memphis.
Businesses in the Memphis area and slightly beyond that are now accepting payment in the form of the new digital currency include Memphis IT Works, an information technology consultancy. The company, which provides systems management for companies of various sizes as well as offering computer safety consulting and testing, joins thousands around the country now accepting bitcoin, a number that’s continuing to grow.
36. Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Veterans, Military Spouses
- Thursday, November 07, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it plans to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
The Seattle-based coffee company says it will develop a system dedicated to matching the skills of veterans and military spouses with jobs throughout its organization. Starbucks says it has nearly 200,000 employees worldwide.
37. A Few Words Before Takeoff
- Friday, October 25, 2013
To: our airport
That logo on the front of garage gargantua could be a touch larger. While it can be seen from the surface of the moon, I don’t think the Mars rover is picking it up yet.
38. Starbucks Promo Prods Lawmakers to ‘Come Together'
- Thursday, October 10, 2013
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. And he's giving away free coffee to customers who set an example how to do it.
39. MED Burn Center Expansion Nearly Complete
- Thursday, September 12, 2013
The first phase of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis’ expansion plan is nearing completion, with the Firefighters Regional Burn Center set to double in size by the end of the year. The expansion will allow the hospital to better meet the demands of an increasing patient load.
40. Starbucks to Roll Out Snack Bars, Fruit Packs
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it will start rolling out its own brand of snack bars and fruit pouches, marking yet another push into the packaged food category.
The Evolution Harvest snacks will begin appearing in U.S. cafes next week, with plans to reach all major metropolitan markets by the end of September.
41. Barnhart Buys Industrial Property for Expansion
- Tuesday, July 09, 2013
2085 W. E. Freeman Drive
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $2.6 million
Sale Date: June 27, 2013
Buyer: Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co.
42. ‘Back to Life’
- Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Memphis resident Geraldine Harris has been shopping at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore since it opened two years ago, finding discount prices and unique items she couldn’t locate anywhere else.
43. Sycamore View Starbucks Sells for $1.1 Million
- Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The Starbucks coffee shop at 1615 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has sold for $1.1 million.
44. The Costco Connection
- Friday, June 14, 2013
MEMPHIS IN COSTCO. Have you ever noticed that what appears to be of a reasonable size in Costco grows in volume and dimension with every mile between Costco and home?
Sure, you need a little lime in your gin and tonic, but there are 50 of them in that green net bag you just dragged into the kitchen and squeezed onto the counter next to those 27 avocados. That lobster dip you sampled was terrific, but that tub you brought home would keep all of Bar Harbor happy for the summer. The average Starbucks doesn’t stock as much Caffè Verona as you do now. Clinics are coming to you for antacid pills. If FedExForum runs out of toilet paper, come on over to your garage. That stuffed bear is so big it not only scares your grandbaby, the fact that you bought it scares the hell out of you. You didn’t need to eat that hot dog the size of a fireplace log, but you had to because that dog and a refillable drink for a buck fifty is one of the five best deals in America and the other four don’t count.
45. Starbucks to Ban Smoking Within 25 Feet of Cafes
- Monday, June 03, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks customers will soon have to stamp out their cigarettes before approaching the cafes.
The Seattle-based chain said it would start banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores Saturday. Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley says the intent is to expand the indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoor seating areas.
46. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.
The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.
47. Local Demand Drives Southwest Service
- Monday, May 20, 2013
Memphis residents hope that Southwest Airlines Co.’s Nov. 3 arrival will bring more frequent flight service and lower fares.
48. E-Strategy for Retailers
- Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Andy Cates penned an article regarding the impact of e-commerce on distribution and industrial real estate. If you think about it, regardless of the channel you use to buy, the item you purchase still has to get from seller to buyer in some manner. From a distribution perspective, as more people order online rather than shop in retail stores, more distribution is moving to direct-to-consumer and that will have an impact on distribution strategy. So what about the impact from the retail perspective? What is the future of the physical retail store?
49. If You Can’t Win, Change the Game
- Wednesday, April 24, 2013
In today’s dynamic world it is imperative for companies to continually realize growth through a sustainable competitive advantage. The trouble is that every innovation is just one new innovation away from becoming obsolete. How do proactive companies stay one step ahead?
50. Breaking the Mold
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
When Rosemarie Fair was named Broker of the Year in investment sales at last year’s Pinnacle Awards, she became the first woman ever to do so.
Before Fair founded One Source Commercial Inc. in 1993, she worked with Carlisle Corp. in the early 1980s on Beale Street Landing Downtown. She remembers often what her mentor Gene Carlisle taught her – “Somebody will take care of the big stuff, it’s the nickels and dimes that make the difference.”
51. Starbucks Cups to Come With a Political Message
- Thursday, December 27, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.
The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the "fiscal cliff."
52. Memphis Goodwill Opens Oakland Store
- Thursday, December 13, 2012
Memphis Goodwill Inc. opened a new Attended Donation Center in Oakland Monday, Dec. 10.
The 1,850-square-foot space was previously a Starbucks Coffee Co. in an outparcel of a Kroger-anchored shopping center at 7275 U.S. 64. It is Goodwill’s first donation center in Fayette County.
53. As 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Voter Angst is Palpable
- Wednesday, December 12, 2012
HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) – Five hundred miles from Washington, the lunch crowd at Robie's Country Store and Deli is filled with angst over America's elected leaders and their latest struggle to prevent a fiscal crisis.
54. MED Rehabs Downtown Campus
- Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is in the midst of extensive rehabbing of its Downtown campus at 877 Jefferson Ave., providing a much-needed face-lift for many of its dilapidated buildings.
55. Starbucks to Open 1,500 More Cafes in the US
- Thursday, December 06, 2012
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.
56. Aiken: The Study Brings Accountability to Tutoring
- Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Entrepreneurs are by nature risk-takers, but it’s not everyday that you see a 24-year-old putting his livelihood on the line to pursue his calling.
In mid-October, James Aiken launched a professional tutoring business called The Study in East Memphis at 5179 Wheelis Drive. The company offers private tutoring in one-on-one and group settings, standardized test preparation and education consulting.
57. Milestone Celebration
- Friday, October 26, 2012
In a few weeks, a quirky Midtown coffeehouse that brims over with culture, from the poetry readings to the bric-a-brac inside to the owner who loves a good poem and the J.J. Abrams TV series “Lost,” will celebrate a milestone.
58. Collaborative Zones
- Monday, October 08, 2012
The practice of designing office spaces is trending away from inhibiting cubicles and foreboding conference tables and more toward creating collaborative zones.
Tenants are demanding alternatives that cut costs, improve productivity and increase morale. That’s because flexibility is key for modern-day office users, said Heather Averwater, interior designer with brg3s architects.
59. Local Entrepreneurs Will Soon Have ‘Urban Workspace’
- Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A shared open work space, modeled after incubators in Los Angeles and New York City, is on the brink of being launched in Downtown Memphis.
Urban Workspace Powered by Cricket Wireless, located in the City House Memphis Condos at 6 W. G.E. Patterson Ave., will provide an affordable, shared working environment for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups eager to collaborate and share resources. The co-working facility opens Oct. 1.
60. Instagram Marketing Secrets
- Wednesday, September 05, 2012
It’s not often that a company with essentially no revenue sells for nearly a billion dollars, but that’s just what happened when Facebook wrote the largest check for a social media network ever this year. So what inspired the Facebook founder’s record-breaking purchase of Instagram?
61. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments
- Thursday, August 16, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.
62. Funding for Greenline Extension Narrowly Passes
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012
An extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline from Farm Road east across Germantown Parkway to the old Cordova train depot along the old CSX rail corridor is on track.
But this week’s Shelby County Commission vote accepting the $3.3 million state transportation grant that will fund most of the $4.4 million project was close with no votes to spare.
63. Chandler Seminar Pinpoints Real Estate Positives
- Monday, August 13, 2012
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir went out on a limb Thursday, Aug. 9, at real estate information company Chandler Reports’ “Master Your Market: Second Quarter Update,” claiming that the housing market had bottomed out.
64. Youth Villages Wins $145K Starbucks Foundation Grant
- Friday, May 11, 2012
Memphis-based nonprofit Youth Villages won first place in a recent Starbucks voting promotion and will receive $145,000 from the company to help children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in Tennessee and four other states.
65. Starbucks Opening Evolution Fresh Juice Store
- Tuesday, March 20, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) – Starbucks Corp. is pushing beyond coffee with the opening of the first Evolution Fresh Inc. juice store, the company said Monday.
66. Rhodes to Host Lectures by Productivity Coach
- Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Rhodes College will host a series of lectures Thursday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 11, presented by Jason and Jodi Womack of The Womack Co.
67. Put Your Legacy Into Words
- Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Last week we spotlighted BRIDGES, an organization helping to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational, and environmental justice. This week, as we reflect on a recent visit from LPBC guest speaker Dr. Joseph Michelli, let us share some of his sage advice, which could redefine priorities and ignite our effect on future generations: a legacy statement.
68. Lott Brings Perspective to MAAR Presidency
- Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Long before Carol Lott was buying and selling houses, her first job was selling popcorn and movie tickets at the Frayser 3 Movie Theater.
69. Biz Book Bestseller Discusses Spirit of Service
- Monday, January 30, 2012
Business consultant Dr. Joseph Michelli got pretty much the entire crowd on its feet during a private reception at the University of Memphis hosted by masterIT.
It was a joint event Thursday, Jan. 26, between the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, and the U of M’s MILE and LEAD programs. In keeping with the spirit of mentorship that animates much of those groups’ efforts, Michelli – the author of business book bestsellers like “The Zappos Experience: 5 Principles to Inspire, Engage and Wow” – at one point posed a few questions.
70. Starbucks to Raise Prices in Certain Regions
- Wednesday, January 04, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks said Tuesday it is raising some prices regionally as it faces rising ingredient costs.
The Seattle coffee chain is raising prices about 1 percent in the Northeast and Sunbelt regions. Starbucks wouldn't disclose all of the states its raising prices, but the regions include New York; Washington, D.C.; and most Southern states. They exclude California and Florida.
71. Shoemaker Looks To 2012 With Rebuilt Office
- Monday, November 28, 2011
Shoemaker Financial is now “fully engaged in rebuilding” its Germantown office that was damaged by a fire in late 2010.
Construction began at Shoemaker’s space in the 2176 West Street office park almost a year to the week after some of the firm’s employees arrived at work in October 2010 around the same time fire trucks were showing up.
72. Union Holiday Deli & Ham Adds Drive-Thru, Parking
- Friday, November 11, 2011
Holiday Deli & Ham Co. is in the midst of adding parking and a drive-thru to its high-volume Midtown store.
73. Mission at Vito’s To Go: Quality Food Quickly
- Monday, October 10, 2011
The interior of Vito’s To Go resembles a submarine in its claustrophobic crowding of narrow kitchen, prep table, drive-through accommodation, bread-making area, storage and office. Six years in the planning, the restaurant, which features coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, salads and pizzas only on a drive-through, delivery or call-in/pick-up basis, is the creation of Chris Conner, whose extensive experience in construction, engineering and the local restaurant business goes back to the mid-1980s.
74. Starbucks Pushes Job Growth Program
- Tuesday, October 04, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Starbucks hopes customers will be willing to pay at least $5 more when they stop in for their morning cup of Joe.
Starting Nov. 1, Starbucks will begin collecting donations of $5 or more from customers to stimulate U.S. job growth through its "Jobs for USA" program. The Seattle-based coffee chain is collaborating with the Opportunity Finance Network, a nonprofit that works with nearly 200 community development financial institutions to provide loans to small businesses and community groups. Starbucks says 100 percent of the donations will go toward loans for firms and organizations that can add jobs or stem job losses.
75. Martin, Ramo to FedEx Board as Hyde Retires Position
- Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Brad Martin and Joshua Cooper Ramo are the newest directors on the board of FedEx Corp.
76. New Biz, Relocations on Tap for Poplar Plaza
- Wednesday, September 28, 2011
One of the city’s landmark shopping centers is in the midst of major transformations.
Poplar Plaza, the 360,000-square-foot center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street in the University of Memphis area, has remained a premier retail center for more than 60 years.
77. Social Media Replacing Traditional Advertising
- Monday, September 19, 2011
The model for advertising once was for businesses to purchase advertising space in a traditional newspaper or magazine and tout product offerings to its audience.
Nowadays, anybody can be an ambassador on the Web.
78. Evaluating Locations
- Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Do you own a retail business or are you considering the establishment of one? Is your lease expiring in the next 12 to 18 months? If you answered yes to either question, how about these? Are you in the optimal location for your business? Is your space well-configured to support your business plan for the coming years? Are you paying a market rent? It’s easy to get really focused on the day-to-day operations of your company and shortchange a key strategic decision that has significant implications for your business.
79. JLS Enterprises Buys SE Market Warehouse
- Friday, September 02, 2011
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.
80. McDonald's Sales Keep Rising, Even With Price Hike
- Monday, July 25, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's said Friday that its net income rose 15 percent in the second quarter as it continues to entice customers to buy new menu items even as the sluggish economy forces them to cut back spending in other areas.
81. ‘In This Together’
- Monday, July 18, 2011
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.
82. More on Hot Coffee
- Thursday, June 30, 2011
A couple weeks back, I mentioned the film “Hot Coffee,” a documentary centered around the infamous 1994 McDonald’s case.
You know, the case where Stella Lieback was awarded a judgment based on third-degree burns caused by coffee bought at a drive-thru window.
83. Blank Palette
- Friday, May 20, 2011
When best-selling author Richard Florida visited Memphis recently, he spelled out to a room full of artists the formula for building a city’s creative class – attract, retain and engage talent.
84. Separation Anxiety for Entrepreneurs
- Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Ray’s Take: In a testament to American gumption, some people facing lengthy unemployment or underemployment have seized the opportunity to start their own businesses. Inc. Magazine recently published data showing that the rate of Americans starting their own businesses is the highest it has been in 15 years.
85. Remark That Made me Think
- Thursday, April 14, 2011
I was sitting in Starbucks. Minding my own business. Reading the paper, actually. On a Monday morning.
I was sitting pretty close to the area where people pick up their orders. Thus, I was getting interrupted pretty regularly by friends.
86. Starbucks' New Logo Debuts on Cups, Cafes
- Wednesday, March 09, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) – Starbucks customers saw something new Tuesday when they sipped their coffee.
The Seattle-based company rolled out its new words-free logo Tuesday on all its cups. Signs also changed at a handful of stores, and the new logo will show up on more storefronts in the future.
87. Grocer Kroger Cautiously Upbeat, Says Q4 Profit Up
- Monday, March 07, 2011
CINCINNATI (AP) – The nation's largest traditional grocery chain says more households are buying most of their groceries at its stores while stretching out their spending over more trips as they face higher food and gas prices.
88. Mt. Zion Upgrades to Larger Church in Frayser
- Friday, February 18, 2011
Two Memphis area churches have closed on a deal that’s been in the pipeline for about a year and a half.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1280 Stonewall St., bought the 36,000-square-foot church at 1621 Dellwood Ave. in Frayser from Schoolfield United Methodist Church Inc. for $500,000.
89. Blockbuster Shuttering All Memphis Stores
- Friday, February 04, 2011
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.
90. The Brain Bone’s Attached to the Wallet Bone
- Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series.
Looking at your brain, neuromarketers can predict how you’ll respond to advertising. While it may sound like mind reading, this relatively new, somewhat controversial field of research uses MRI scans and other technology to measure brain activity when consumers are exposed to products, brands and advertising.
91. NoBaby Campaign Puts Spotlight on Girls Inc.
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The organization at the forefront of the NoBaby campaign, Girls Inc. of Memphis emerged in the national spotlight last week when NBC news outlets reported on teen pregnancy rates at Frayser High School.
92. We’re Making Money But Have No Money
- Monday, December 27, 2010
When a banker asked a business owner about positive cash flow the response was, “Yes, I am positive I have no cash.” Sustaining positive cash flow is the No. 1 problem for small businesses. It has been said the term “undercapitalized small business” is redundant.
93. Kroger CEO Takes to the Checkout to Go Beyond Data
- Thursday, November 11, 2010
CINCINNATI (AP) – Dressed in blue jeans and and waiting patiently in line at the Starbucks kiosk, Dave Dillon blends in easily with the Saturday morning shoppers in a suburban Cincinnati supermarket.
94. Starbucks: 4th-Quarter Net Income Nearly Doubles
- Monday, November 08, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – As more people visited Starbucks cafes and spent more at the end of summer, the company's fourth-quarter net income nearly doubled, handily beating estimates, and the company raised its target Thursday for fiscal 2011 profit.
95. He’ll Wear Your Shirt to Convey Your Message
- Wednesday, October 27, 2010
When Buzz Aldrin competed against the likes of actress Pamela Anderson and football star Chad Ochocinco on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” earlier this year, the former astronaut hired professional T-shirt wearer Jason Sadler of iwearyourshirt.com to help garner votes in hopes of maintaining his spot on the popular reality show.
96. If I Had a Hammer
- Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Yesterday I listened to my sister describe the ingenious and absurd method she is using to keep her cell phone charged because she can’t afford to buy a new one right now. It involves a screwdriver, a rubber band and holding her mouth in just the right position. No telling how much time “MacGyver” spends jury-rigging the thing every day.
97. Vascular Access Center Comes to East Memphis
- Monday, September 27, 2010
University Vascular Access is a new outpatient center in East Memphis where dialysis patients can receive specialized treatment for complications without having to be admitted to a hospital.
The outpatient center at 6490 Mount Moriah Road Extended is a collaborative venture between UT Medical Group Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care, a global provider of dialysis treatments.
98. Shirt Bistro Turns Ideas Into Custom Tees
- Monday, September 20, 2010
Shirt Bistro vice president Wyatt Isbell describes how a young boy came into the shop with his mom, keen on getting his very own monster truck T-shirt.
He looked over the shoulder of the Shirt Bistro designer at the computer as they decided on the final look of the T-shirt, then sent the order next door for digital printing.
99. Pitfalls Remain With Gift Cards, Despite New Rules
- Friday, September 10, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – New federal rules for gift cards mean you have longer to use them and don't face as many costs up front. But many problems remain.
For starters, the rules that went into effect last month don't cover all gift cards. And the Americans who spend tens of billions of dollars each year on gift cards – $23.6 billion last November and December alone – still have to pay fees for not using them, and those fees aren't capped.
100. Starbucks Backs Outlook Even as Bean Prices Spike
- Wednesday, August 18, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks Corp. is backing its profit guidance for next year even as it deals with higher coffee prices, saying it will be able to absorb the costs.