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1. Cheesecake Factory Scouting First Memphis Location -

The Cheesecake Factory, a wildly popular restaurant chain known for its expansive menu and generous portions, is eyeing the Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova for its first Memphis-area location, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.

2. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition -

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.

3. Tennessee AG: Beer Signs Ban Unlikely to Survive Challenge -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A little-known Tennessee law banning bars and stores from including beer brands or sales on outside signs could be unconstitutional.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a legal opinion that it's unlikely the law would survive a legal challenge on free speech grounds because it bans "truthful and non-misleading commercial messages about lawful products."

4. Harwell Shuffles House Committee Assignments -

Two chairmen and an internal challenger have been moved out of leadership positions by Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

5. Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Takeover -

NEW YORK (AP) – The battle over dollar stores is nearly over. Family Dollar shareholders voted on Thursday to approve a takeover bid by rival Dollar Tree, despite higher competing offers from Dollar General.

6. Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores -

DETROIT (AP) – In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.

7. 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.

8. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

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, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

9. Wal-Mart Launches Cash Pickup Option for Tax Refunds -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at all stores nationwide.

It's the discounter's latest move to offer more financial services, which is seen as a path to bringing more shoppers to its stores.

10. Harwell Shuffles House Committee Assignments -

Two chairmen and an internal challenger have been moved out of leadership positions by Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

11. Regions Launches Digital Financial Education Game -

Regions Bank has started the new year by adding something new to its collection of financial advice, guidance and educational materials for consumers.

12. 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.

13. 2015: The Currency War -

War sounds scary. In the traditional sense, war evokes casualties and loss. For investors, currency wars simply convey economic redistribution.

For instance, if there were only two stores in town selling identical items and one store raised prices while the other store lowered prices, demand would certainly follow the discount … but overall demand would be the same.

14. Fred’s Names New Chief Operating Officer -

Discount merchandiser Fred’s Inc. has tapped a new president and chief operating officer, a key hire that adds to a fresh executive team for the retailer.

Effective Jan. 12, Michael Bloom has joined Fred’s as president and COO, bringing to the company more than 30 years of experience in small-box general merchandising, supply chain management and store operations. He’s seen the industry from vantage points that include stints at companies like Family Dollar Stores Inc., where he likewise was president and COO, and at CVS Caremark Corp, where he held a variety of positions.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

18. 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.

19. Elvis Birthday Proves Eventful on Several Fronts -

Jack Soden, the head of Elvis Presley Enterprises, looked out at a crowd on the front lawn of Graceland last week in single-digit temperatures and talked about the durability of Elvis Presley’s appeal.

20. Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven -

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

21. Bill Seeks to Move Up Supermarket Wine Sales -

A bill introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would move up the date of supermarket wine sales to this July.

Under the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bo Mitchell of Nashville, food stores could start selling wine this summer – or in the summer of 2016 if they are located near an existing liquor store.

22. Macy’s to Close Southland Mall Store -

Macy's is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, affecting 112 employees.

The South Memphis store is one of 14 locations Macy’s will close this spring as part of a national restructuring, the retailer announced late Thursday, Jan. 8. The 14 stores account for approximately $130 million in annual sales, according to the company.

23. 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.

24. JC Penney to Shut 40 Stores and Cut 2,250 Jobs This Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney Co. said that it will close about 40 stores this year and cut approximately 2,250 jobs, as it tries to improve its profitability.

25. 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.

26. Raleigh, Frayser Children Receive Free Shoes -

Agape Child & Family Services has been selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource now in its seventh year.

Agape, which aims to provide children and families with healthy homes, was selected from among 700 applicants nationwide and received 200 merchandise certificates valued at $20 for distribution to children in under-resourced Mid-South communities.

27. Bill Seeks to Move Up Supermarket Wine Sales -

A bill introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would move up the date of supermarket wine sales to this July.

Under the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bo Mitchell of Nashville, food stores could start selling wine this summer – or in the summer of 2016 if they are located near an existing liquor store.

28. Creative Destruction -

For about three years Veronica Skinner called the two-story, 24-unit apartment building at 480 Tillman St. in the Binghampton neighborhood home.

29. Piano Stores Closing as Fewer Children Taking Up Instrument -

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) – When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.

30. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis -

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.

Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.

31. Walgreen Completes Alliance Boots Deal -

Walgreen completed its purchase of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and on the final day of 2014, the combined company's stock will begin trading under the ticker symbol "WBA."

The nation's largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that shares long traded under the symbol "WAG," have been converted to the ticker symbol of the new company called Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Walgreen is now a subsidiary.

32. Poll: Americans Support Menu Labeling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more.

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants. Most favor labels for prepared foods in the grocery store, too.

33. Walgreen Completes Alliance Boots Deal -

Walgreen completed its purchase of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and on the final day of 2014, the combined company's stock will begin trading under the ticker symbol "WBA."

The nation's largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that shares long traded under the symbol "WAG," have been converted to the ticker symbol of the new company called Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Walgreen is now a subsidiary.

34. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

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

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

35. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns -

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.

36. Wal-Mart Tests Gift Card Exchange -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starting Christmas Day, Wal-Mart began letting customers exchange gift cards from more than 200 retailers, airlines and restaurants for a Wal-Mart card. The cards don't expire and can be used in stores and online.

37. Family Dollar Delays Vote on Dollar Tree Deal -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar says it has delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed acquisition by Dollar Tree until Jan. 22.

The Matthews, North Carolina-based discount retailer held a special meeting Tuesday for shareholders to vote on the deal. But the company says there were insufficient votes and the decision was delayed.

38. 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.

39. Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.

Drones – flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers – have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and government are working together to address safety concerns.

40. Five Indicted of Fraud in Benefits Case -

A year after federal agents boxed up records and other items at several day cares and grocery stores in an investigation of fraud in federal nutrition and child care benefits, a federal grand jury has indicted five people for the fraud totaled at millions of dollars in public money.

41. Antiques Market Planned for Memphis -

A juried, biannual market for all things vintage is headed to Memphis next year, the product of two friends who share a love of antiques, flea markets, barn sales and giving new life to things that have a bit of history to them.

42. Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet, Stores and Customers Say -

MIAMI (AP) – The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

43. Constantly Changing Online Prices Stump Shoppers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

44. Conn’s Inc. to Open Second Store in Memphis -

Specialty retailer Conn’s Inc. will open a second store in Memphis, the second of possibly three stores the Texas-based home appliances and furnishings chain plans to open in Tennessee.

45. City Council Approves Pension Changes -

Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.

46. From Sweden to Memphis -

Swedish retail giant Ikea will open a 225-employee store in the Wolfchase Galleria area in 2016.

The furniture retailer will locate the 269,000-square-foot store on a 35-acre site in Memphis near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

47. Ikea Memphis Will Seek PILOT Incentives -

The new Ikea Memphis store to open in the fall of 2016 will seek tax incentives from the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine, according to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Wharton didn’t disclose details of the request for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes – or a PILOT agreement – but said it would be filed shortly with EDGE.

48. Ikea to Open Memphis Store in Fall 2016 -

The new Ikea Memphis store to open in the fall of 2016 will seek tax incentives from the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine, according to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Wharton didn’t disclose details of the request for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes – or a PILOT agreement – but said it would be filed shortly with EDGE.

49. Tanger Outlets Involved in Southaven Project -

A major player in the development of outlet malls has jumped on board the long-planned effort to build a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

Tanger Outlets, which has a portfolio of 44 outlet centers in 26 markets in the U.S. and Canada, is now involved in the effort to build The Outlet Shops of the Mid-South at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.

50. 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."

51. Maines Paper & Food Files $3M Building Permit -

New construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $3 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “new construction, dry storage.”

52. Stars Flock to Music City’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop -

When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.

53. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

54. Teen Retailers Get the Cold Shoulder for Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.

Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season.

The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly sales drop and slashed its annual profit forecast. And American Eagle and Aeropostale gave dismal forecasts for the quarter that includes the holiday shopping season after each posted weak sales for the fall.

55. Holiday Shopping Boosts US Retail Sales -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season.

Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts by 0.8 percent, but that appears to have freed up money that consumers took elsewhere.

56. Back to Normal -

NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014.

57. Target Bringing 400-Job Project to Memphis -

Memphis is poised to land hundreds of new jobs and retain several hundred more. Target will seek incentives from Memphis and Shelby County as early as next week for an online fulfillment center that will create over 400 new jobs.

58. ReStoring Hope -

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore is feeling the holiday love.

The store’s November “Go North ReStock the ReStore” event brought in a large number of donations and the Hickory Hill store recorded $10,673 in sales the day of the event, the store’s biggest day of sales so far this fiscal year. In addition, November Web traffic was more than double that of November 2013.

59. Holiday Festivities on Tap at Regalia -

Boyle Investment Co. in getting in the holiday spirit with a weekend event at the Regalia Shopping Center in East Memphis.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. Milhaus Acquires Highland Row Property -

44 S. Highland St.; 366, 374 and 380 Ellsworth St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

63. Firestone Center Sells for $2 Million -

A large operator of auto care and tire stores has acquired a Firestone Complete Auto Care location for $2 million.

Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which counts four retail brands and 2,200 stores across the U.S. in its portfolio, acquired the Firestone location at 1921 Whitten Road from SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc., according to a Dec. 1 warranty deed.

64. Maines Paper & Food Service Plans Construction -

New construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

A $3 million building permit application has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the facility at 11420 Gulf Stream Road, listing the scope of work as “new construction, dry storage.”

65. Music City Christmas -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

66. Dollar Tree Expects to Have to Shed Some Stores -

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) – Dollar Tree said that the Federal Trade Commission has indicated that it will require divestment of some stores to get its approval for the company's approximately $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc.

67. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of U.S. hiring in November – the most in nearly three years – added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

68. Precious Cargo -

In November, a trailer full of new, pre-released LeBron James shoes made by Nike was stolen in the Memphis area.

But thanks to a local task force dedicated to stopping cargo theft, the Oregon-based sports apparel giant, which operates a massive distribution center in Frayser, was able to recover nearly all of the shoes, which were valued at around $700,000.

69. Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.

70. 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.

71. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.

72. Starbucks to Push More Food, Offer Mobile Ordering -

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.

73. Firestone Center Sells for $2 Million -

A large operator of auto care and tire stores has acquired a Firestone Complete Auto Care location for $2 million.

Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which counts four retail brands and 2,200 stores across the U.S. in its portfolio, acquired the Firestone location at 1921 Whitten Road from SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc., according to a Dec. 1 warranty deed.

74. Trader Joe’s: No Immediate Plans for Memphis -

Trader Joe’s doesn’t have any immediate plans to enter the Memphis market, the company said Wednesday, Dec. 3.

“A Memphis/Germantown store is not in our two-year plan at this time,” said Rachel Broderick, a spokeswoman for the sought-after specialty grocery chain.

75. RadioShack Clashes Again With Lenders -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Trading in shares of RadioShack was halted Tuesday after the company disclosed a dispute with one of its lenders.

Salus Capital Partners is claiming that the struggling electronics retailer had breached covenants on a $250 million term loan, the company said.

76. West Coast Port Slowdown Won't Halt Holiday Goods -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Labor strife on the West Coast waterfront isn't going to steal Christmas.

With few exceptions, gifts and other holiday products made in Asia and shipped through U.S. sea ports already have made it to shelves – or are at distribution centers and ready to roll. Still, cargo is struggling to get through the nation's largest ports, which handle billions of dollars of goods on an average day.

77. Craft Beer Boom -

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

78. New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus -

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

79. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

80. Black Friday Gun Buys Test Background Check System -

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) – Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.

In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons.

81. Fred's Reports Third-Quarter Loss -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. reported a net loss of $10.4 million for the third quarter ended Nov. 1.

That’s compared to net income of $7.3 million for the third quarter of 2013. The company closed five stores during the quarter and plans to close 47 in the fourth quarter, part of an announcement in the second quarter by the company to close stores not meeting operational performance targets.

82. Hackers and the Holidays -

Ray’s Take: Cybersecurity is a big topic of conversation in the financial world these days. Securing personal data in addition to bank accounts is a growing concern. As we approach the holiday buying season, debit and credit card information hacking is on a lot of people’s minds.

83. Shelby County November Vote Certified -

With a few adjustments and a legal question still to be decided in Nashville, the Shelby County Election Commission certified the last election of 2014 in Shelby County Monday, Nov. 24.

The results, audited by certified public accountants Watkins-Uiberall PLLC and Banks, Finley, White & Co., include new totals for the city of Memphis referendum on selling wine in food stores and the Memphis referendum on changes to the city charter provisions on the civil service system.

84. New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

85. Thanksgiving Trumps Black Friday for Deals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.

86. Wish Granted: Same Day Delivery for the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.

87. One Stop Grows From Changing Church Base -

In a city known for its churches and the culture of those churches, Betty Hobson has found a business model that shows just how broad and deep the influence of those churches can be.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. AutoZone Ordered to Pay $185M Over Pregnant Bias -

A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

U-T San Diego reported Tuesday that the three-woman, five-man jury also awarded Rosario Juarez $872,000 in compensatory damages for lost wages and emotional stress.

91. Family Dollar Delays Special Shareholders Meeting -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

92. AutoZone Ordered to Pay $185 Million Over Pregnant Bias -

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

93. US Retail Sales Rise Ahead of Holiday Shopping -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month after falling by the same amount in September. Excluding gas stations, where falling prices lowered spending, sales rose a solid 0.5 percent.

94. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

95. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

96. National Expansion -

As Amy Howard built her high-end, luxury furniture manufacturing business in Memphis over 23 years, the entrepreneur developed her own lines of paints and finishes for the pieces.

97. Entrepreneur Spirit Drives Owners of The Attic -

She was young and had a nice corporate career going straight out of school. So a lot of people would have traded places with Alexandra Nicole, who spent six years as a sales rep at International Paper.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. Wal-Mart Ups Ante on Holiday Shopping -

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.