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1. Dollar General Enters Bidding for Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar General isn't about to be left out in the cold. The discounter is starting a bidding war for Family Dollar with an approximately $8.95 billion offer as it attempts to trump a Dollar Tree bid.

2. Developer Files Permit for Graceland-Area Hotel -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Cost: $3.5 million

3. Supervalu Becomes Latest to Suffer Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

4. Clarksville to Vote on Wine Sales in Stores -

Voters in Clarksville, Tenn., will decide in November whether to allow wine to be sold in the city’s supermarkets.

Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Vickie Koelman told The Leaf-Chronicle that enough signatures have been gathered and certified through petitioning to place the wine question on the November ballot in referendum.

5. A Perfect Union -

Union Ave Books buzzes with activity on a Tuesday afternoon as families from San Francisco and Paris browse the shelves in the children’s section.

A local customer, owner Flossie McNabb explains, has brought the travelers to her store during their East Tennessee visit.

6. US Retail Sales Flat in July -

U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales were unchanged in July compared with the prior month. Total sales rose a statistically insignificant $161 million from $439.6 billion in June.

7. Wal-Mart Cuts Profit Outlook -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday amid sluggish sales, higher-than-expected health care costs and the need to invest more in its e-commerce operations.

8. US Retail Sales Flat in July -

U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales were unchanged in July compared with the prior month. Total sales rose a statistically insignificant $161 million from $439.6 billion in June.

9. Fresh Market Debuts Midtown Store -

For a while now Central Gardens resident Tom Clifton has been driving to East Memphis to get his groceries.

10. Apple's Tech Jobs Held Mostly By White, Asian Men -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

11. Krispy Kreme Pulls Permit for Third Store -

Krispy Kreme has filed a $575,000 building permit for a new store at 4198 Hacks Cross in Southeast Memphis, its third location in the city.

The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company filed the permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement, listing Chris Sneeden, the director of U.S. real estate at Krispy Kreme, as the owner.

12. New Tennessee Distribution Center to Bring 700 Jobs -

Officials say Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to build a distribution center in Putnam County, Tenn., which will bring 700 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Company executives said in a statement on Friday that the 1.6 million-square-foot distribution center in Cookeville would support continued growth for the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods retailer. It will be the company’s third distribution center.

13. New Business Helps Clients Organize Homes, Lives -

When Amy Tuggle and her mother, Fran Cutshall, moved to Memphis from St. Louis recently they each decided to make a career change.

14. Fred’s July Sales Metric Edges Up -

Fred's sales at stores open at least a year edged up 0.7 percent in July, helped by better customer traffic and stronger sales of some general merchandise.

But the discount retailer lowered its second-quarter guidance, in part because of costs at its pharmacy department.

15. Fred's July Sales Metric Up, Cuts Second-Quarter Outlook -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Fred's sales at stores open at least a year edged up 0.7 percent in July, helped by better customer traffic and stronger sales of some general merchandise.

But the discount retailer lowered its second-quarter guidance, in part because of costs at its pharmacy department.

16. Target Lowers Forecast, Estimates Breach Costs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target has lowered its second-quarter forecast citing the promotional discounts it had to use to attract shoppers.

The Minneapolis-based retailer also said Tuesday it expects gross expenses tied to a massive data breach this past winter to come to $148 million in the period, which will be offset by $38 million in insurance. It also paid $1 billion to retire $725 million in debt.

17. Wal-Mart's Website to Personalize Shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer.

18. Ag Tourism Touted as Way to Boost Rural Economies -

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) – With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters – including a dancing lemon – Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland.

19. Midtown Fresh Market To Open in August -

The Fresh Market has set an opening date for its new Midtown store.

The new store at 2145 Union Ave. will open Aug. 13 at 8 a.m., and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

20. Difference Maker -

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

21. Dollar Tree Steps Up Fight, Buys Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers.

22. D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery -

301 S. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $785,000

Sale Date: July 10, 2014
Buyer: Dominick Properties LLC
Seller: 301 South Front Street GP

23. Midtown Fresh Market to Open in August -

The Fresh Market has set an opening date for its new Midtown store.

The new store at 2145 Union Ave. will open Aug. 13 at 8 a.m., and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

24. AutoZone Celebrates 35th Year at First Store -

AutoZone Inc. celebrated the company’s 35th anniversary this week at the company’s Forrest City, Ark., store to thank the community where the auto parts retailer’s story began.

25. Midtown Fresh Market to Open in August -

The Fresh Market has set an opening date for its new Midtown store.

The new store at 2145 Union Ave. will open Wednesday, Aug. 13. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, food sampling throughout the store and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 1,000 customers.

26. Wal-Mart Names New CEO of US Discount Division -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing the chief of its U.S. discount stores in what could be an indication that it's losing confidence that its largest business unit will rebound after more than a year of disappointing results.

27. Retail Trade Group Reduces Annual Sales Forecast -

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.

28. IMF Sees US Growth at Weakest Since Recession -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter.

29. Owner Files Loan on 3 Gas Stations -

After receiving two convenience stores and gas stations in quitclaim deeds, the new owner filed a $2 million loan on those properties and one other.

The entity, N & S LLC, doing business as Hwy 64 BP, filed the deed of trust July 16 through Renasant Bank. Nizar Lalani Sr. signed the deed as member of the borrower, and he is also related to the ownership entities that quitclaimed the properties.

30. Wal-Mart Ups Price Wars for Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season.

31. AutoZone Celebrates 35th Year at First Store -

AutoZone Inc. celebrated the company’s 35th anniversary this week at the company’s Forrest City, Ark., store to thank the community where the auto parts retailer’s story began.

32. Knowledge Tree Buys Cordova Retail Center -

8195 Dexter Road
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: July 8, 2014
Buyer: K Tree LLC
Seller: 8195 Dexter Road LLC
Loan Amount: $1.5 million
Loan Date: July 11, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: First Tennessee Bank NA
Details: An affiliate of the Knowledge Tree learning center has paid $1.5 million for the 28,575-square-foot shopping center at 8195 Dexter Road in Cordova.

33. Busy Street -

Evidence for the attractiveness of Downtown’s South Main neighborhood can be found in any of several corners.

One example is at 314 S. Main St., where Café Pontotoc opened its doors about two weeks ago. Owners Milton and Cherie Lamb wanted to establish a comfortable neighborhood bar that serves wine, local beers and small plates in a setting where patrons get used to coming in to unwind.

34. Lamar Gas Station, Store Sell for $850,000 -

The Best Corner Express BP gas station and convenience store at 3015 Lamar Ave. in the Defense Depot area has sold for $850,000.

35. Chef Jenn Products Coming To More Outlets, States -

The “Chef Jenn” lines of frozen seafood products from Memphis chef Jennifer McCullough are being picked up by East Coast grocery store chain Harris Teeter and also by Walmart in several regions.

36. Retail Sales Tick Up 0.2 Percent in June -

U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.

Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, held back by a sharp drop at building and garden supply stores. Sales also fell at restaurants and at auto dealers.

37. Locally Grown Foods Look to Bigger Business -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.

A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they're increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods.

38. Retail Sales Tick Up 0.2 Percent in June -

U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.

Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, held back by a sharp drop at building and garden supply stores. Sales also fell at restaurants and at auto dealers.

39. Midtown Retail Center Owner Files $3 Million Loan -

The owner of the retail building at 1460 Union Ave. in Midtown that houses Office Max and Cricket stores has filed a $2.9 million loan on the property.

40. Chef Jenn Products to Appear In More Outlets, States -

The “Chef Jenn” lines of frozen seafood products from Memphis chef Jennifer McCullough are being picked up by East Coast grocery store chain Harris Teeter and also by Walmart in several regions.

41. Economists Lower Forecasts for US Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

42. Kroger Launches Wine Sales Petition -

Kroger Delta Division is launching petition drives in more than 35 of its Shelby County stores to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to permit wine sales in local supermarkets.

The petition drive seeking the signatures of registered voters will be July 10-12 and July 17-19.

43. Kroger Launches Wine Sales Petition -

Kroger Delta Division is launching petition drives in more than 35 of its Shelby County stores to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to permit wine sales in local supermarkets.

The petition drive seeking the signatures of registered voters will be July 10-12 and July 17-19.

44. Pharmacy Sales Boost Major Drugstores in June -

A jump in pharmacy revenue fueled June sales growth for two of the nation's largest drugstore chains, and they may start adding gains from the health care overhaul later this year.

Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. said Thursday that pharmacy revenue from their established stores climbed more than 11 percent at Walgreen and 5 percent at Rite Aid last month. Walgreen runs the nation's largest drugstore chain with 8,215 stores, while Rite Aid ranks third with 4,754. The company in the middle, CVS Caremark Corp., doesn't report monthly results.

45. Dollar General CEO to Retire Next Year -

Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire from that post next year.

The company’s shares fell more than 4 percent in morning trading after the announcement on Friday.

The discount store operator said that the retirement is effective on May 30, 2015, or when a successor is appointed. The 60-year-old Dreiling – who also serves as chairman – has agreed to remain as chairman during the transition process once a new CEO is named.

46. ‘Significant Headwinds’ -

When Gov. Bill Haslam joined local economic development and civic officials at FedExForum in January to announce that Conduit Global would open a call center in Shelby County that would employ 1,000 people over the next three to five years, it provided a much-needed boost to the local office real estate sector.

47. Supreme Court: Religious Rights Trump Birth Control Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

48. Anti-Meth Law Among Those Taking Effect July 1 -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect Tuesday, as are statutes that require more disclosure from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and allow use of the electric chair to execute death row inmates.

49. Dollar General CEO to Retire Next Year -

Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire from that post next year.

The company's shares fell more than 4 percent in morning trading after the announcement on Friday.

The discount store operator said that the retirement is effective on May 30, 2015, or when a successor is appointed. The 60-year-old Dreiling – who also serves as chairman – has agreed to remain as chairman during the transition process once a new CEO is named.

50. Business Becomes Human -

After sifting through 20-plus in-depth consumer narratives of their condition, an R&D scientist said to me, “We need to always begin new product development projects this way.”

These people went into great details about their lives, their struggles, their rituals, their beliefs. As we unpacked their learnings, the scientist understood the complexities of having a rich, full contextual understanding of the people for whom he will design new, innovative solutions.

51. Barnes & Noble to Separate Retail, Nook Media -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble hopes to survive by splitting in two.

The largest U.S. brick-and-mortar bookseller, beset by tough competition from online retailers like Amazon and discount stores like Wal-Mart, said Wednesday that it plans to split off its Nook e-reader division as it looks to boost shareholder value.

52. Heart of Arlington -

When Sandy Brewer and her family moved more than eight years ago from Cordova to a turn-of-the-century home just two blocks from Arlington’s Depot Square, she said it felt like taking a step back in time.

53. Military Considers Shopping Perk for Most Veterans -

The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods – a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

54. Legacy Farm Owner Files $29.8 Million Loan -

1120 Winchester Road
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $29.8 million

Loan Date: June 18, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: Legacy Farm LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 368-unit Legacy Farm apartment complex at 1120 Winchester Road in Collierville has filed a $29.8 million loan on the property.

55. Fat Chance -

12-STOP. “My name is Dan, and I’ve lost control.”

“Hi, Dan,” answers America, desperately addicted to too much, too often, in need of a 12-stop consumption program. As in 12 ounces of any soft drink is plenty and 12 ounces of gin starts fights with strangers. As in 12 ounces of any animal in any form is too much and 12 things on your breakfast plate doesn’t jumpstart your day, just your LDL. As in 12 of anything larger than a carrot stick at a single sitting will narrow arteries and prospects, broaden what you’re sitting on, and make getting up from the table – or for anything – a challenge. For a forklift.

56. FedEx Earnings Beat Estimates -

Fueled by a surge in e-commerce leading to increased gains in its Ground division, FedEx on Wednesday reported higher than expected earnings for the quarter that ended May 31.

Memphis-based FedEx reported it earned $2.46 a share in the fourth quarter and $6.75 a share for the full fiscal year, above analyst estimates of $2.36 for the quarter and $6.68 for the year.

57. Major Retailers Agree to List Unit Prices Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers can skip the math. It's about to get easier to compare prices on products from breakfast cereals to toothpaste at some of the nation's major online retailers.

New York's attorney general said Tuesday that Costco, CVS, FreshDirect, Wal-Mart and Walgreen have agreed to list unit prices on their websites and mobile apps for shoppers nationwide in the coming months. Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest online retailer, did not agree to participate, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

58. Big Tobacco Looks to Keep Pace With E-Cigarettes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Tobacco companies are moving quickly to keep pace with the evolution of their industry by embracing the increasingly popular e-cigarettes and making them more available to consumers.

59. Brim’s Owner Files Loan on Bartlett Facility -

A company whose principal owns Brim’s Snack Foods has filed a $4.3 million construction loan on its 7940 A E Beaty Drive property in Bartlett.

TBLN Investments – whose principal, Terry Brimhall, is founder and president of Brim’s parent company Brimhall Foods Co. Inc. – filed the loan April 30 through Renasant Bank. Though the loan was filed in April, the Shelby County Register of Deeds didn’t record the loan until this week.

60. Tech Giants Seek to Halt Overseas Snooping by US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.

61. Starbucks Clears College Degree Path for Workers -

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.

62. P.F. Chang's Confirms Credit Card Breach -

P.F. Chang's confirmed Friday that data from credit and debit cards used at its restaurants was stolen.

The company learned about the security breach on Tuesday from the U.S. Secret Service and began investigating the breach with the agency and a team of forensics experts.

63. Supermarket Wine Coalition Begins Petition -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

64. Pay Raises Go Mainly to Those in Select Industries -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry.

Historically, at this stage in the economy's recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices. Overall pay has been rising about 2 percent a year, roughly equal to inflation.

65. US Retail Sales Rose 0.3 Percent in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales rose modestly in May as consumers turned cautious in their spending. But the weaker-than-expected growth is unlikely to derail stronger overall results in the second quarter.

66. Many Seek New Homes Near Cities But are Priced Out -

WASHINGTON (AP) – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.

The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.

67. Company Files Loan on Germantown Location -

The owner of the 26,640-square-foot Germantown Fresh Market and attached strip retail center at 9375 Poplar Ave has filed a $4.2 million loan on the property.

68. Belvedere Apartments Come Down for New Kroger Store -

Work is underway this week to bring down the former Belvedere apartments on Union Avenue to make way for the new Midtown Kroger supermarket.

The Delta Division of Kroger is investing $100 million over six years into the overhaul of several Memphis-area stores, including the new Midtown store. The original store, at 1745 Union, will be demolished for a parking lot for the new store.

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69. Supermarket Wine Coalition Begins Petition -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

70. Wal-Mart CEO: Speed Up Pace of Change -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart's CEO Doug McMillon said the world's largest retailer's task is to more quickly bring e-commerce together with physical stores to better serve shoppers.

71. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Rises -

Dollar General’s fiscal first-quarter net income edged up 1 percent, with sales climbing and some expenses dropping.

Sales were strong in categories such as tobacco products, perishables and candy and snacks.

72. Barnes & Noble to Make Nook Tablets With Samsung -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble says that it is teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets.

The deal will allow the bookseller to focus on developing its Nook digital software and away from building its own tablets.

73. Wal-Mart Faces Big Hurdles -

The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. built its reputation on everyday low prices and convenient supercenters that allow customers to do all their shopping in one place.

74. Skip the Website? Some Small Businesses Still Do -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.

"It's just ridiculous," says Jim Blasingame, a small business author and radio show host. "Every small business needs a website. Period. Nonnegotiable."

75. Wal-Mart to Expand Online Savings Tool Nationwide -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday that it's expanding its online tool that compares prices on thousands of products with those of some of its competitors to cities nationwide in the next few months.

76. Survey: US Companies Added 179,000 Jobs in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months, a private survey showed.

Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 179,000 jobs last month, down from 215,000 in the previous month. April's figure was revised slightly lower. Still, the gain in May was in line with the ADP's average monthly hiring figures for the past 12 months.

77. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

78. Petitions Seek Supermarket Wine Sales in East Tennessee -

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – An East Tennessee election official says petitions seeking a local vote on supermarket wine sales have begun circulating.

Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher told the Bristol Herald Courier that petitioners have until Aug. 21 to get enough signatures in Bristol and Kingsport.

79. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Rises -

Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter net income edged up 1 percent, with sales climbing and some expenses dropping.

Sales were strong in categories such as tobacco products, perishables and candy and snacks.

80. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

81. FedEx Seeks Office Space as Needs Shift -

FedEx Corp. is currently looking for 25,000 square feet of office space in the Memphis market, according to several real estate brokers.

82. Membership Rises Again for Indie Bookstores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent booksellers may never regain the stature of the pre-digital, pre-superstore era, but their presence continues to grow.

The American Booksellers Association, the independents' trade group, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that core membership has increased to 1,664, up from 1,632 last year and more than 200 higher since 2009. It's the fifth straight increase for an organization that was losing members for decades and seemed in danger of permanent shrinkage under the combined pressures of Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Borders, discount clubs and a weak economy.

83. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will hold a panel discussion on religious liberties Wednesday, May 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. U.S. Magistrate Charmiane G. Claxton will moderate the panel. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. RSVP to gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

84. AutoZone Quarterly Profit Rises 7.4 Percent -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has enjoyed double-digit earnings per share growth every quarter since the latter part of the administration of President George W. Bush – 31 straight quarters, to be precise.

85. What Shopping Will Look Like in the Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.

When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. Still, there's more on the horizon for shopping than just point-and-clicking.

86. Events -

The Daily News offices will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the “All Things Southern” Vine to Wine wine tasting Tuesday, May 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will feature eight wines or cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

87. Airport Artists -

Several years ago Richard White, vice president of properties and business development at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, noticed what he thought was a troubling trend.

88. Amro Music Picks Up Industry Distinction -

The National Association of Music Merchants is presenting Amro Music Stores Inc. with a Top 100 Dealer Award at the organization’s annual summer music trade show in Nashville in July.

89. Amro Music Picks Up Industry Distinction -

The National Association of Music Merchants is presenting Amro Music Stores Inc. with a Top 100 Dealer Award at the organization’s annual summer music trade show in Nashville in July.

90. Retailers Launch Cybercrime Info Sharing Center -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some of the country's largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers' personal and financial information from hackers and thieves.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, along with several top retailers ranging from Gap Inc. to Walgreen Co., on Wednesday launched an intelligence sharing center focused on the prevention of cybercrimes against retailers.

91. Debt: Prepay or Let It Ride? -

Ray’s take: There was a time when debt was something to be proud of. It was the badge of progress and a good credit rating. 2008 made us all rethink the place of debt in our lives.

If you have debt, you should think carefully about keeping it or prepaying it.

92. US Retail Sales Rise a Scant 0.1 Percent in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales growth slowed in April, with consumers shopping less online and cutting back on purchases of furniture and electronics.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose just 0.1 percent last month, after surging 1.5 percent in March following a harsh winter that had curtailed shopping.

93. Referendums Next for Supermarket Wine Sales -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is now shifting its focus to passing local referendums to make the law change a reality for communities around Tennessee.

Under the law passed this year, wine will be allowed to be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

94. Tile Shop Inks Lease for First Area Store -

A specialty retailer of high-quality tile will open its first location in Memphis later this year.

The Tile Shop is in the final stages of negotiating a roughly 20,000-square-foot lease at 1245 Germantown Parkway, between Cordova Road and Autumn Creek Drive, in the Germantown Square Shopping Center in Cordova, according to company representative Lindsey Rose.

95. Referendums Next for Supermarket Wine Supporters -

A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is now shifting its focus to passing local referendums to make the law change a reality for communities around Tennessee.

Under the law passed this year, wine will be allowed to be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

96. Entrepreneur Day Spotlights Power of Innovation -

Already in recent weeks, Moziah “Mo” Bridges, the 12-year-old founder of the Memphis-based Mo’s Bows bow tie business, has appeared on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank.”

If the exposure alone wasn’t enough, Bridges also impressed fashion mogul and “Shark Tank” panelist Daymond John into offering to mentor him.

97. Target's Chairman and CEO Out in Wake of Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target's massive data breach has now cost the company's CEO his job.

Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and hammered its business.

98. Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Question City’s Plans -

The owners of the Raleigh Springs Mall had been talking with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration until late last year about the city’s desire to see a revitalized mall possibly with city government offices.

99. Vote of Confidence -

After experiencing a strong fourth quarter in 2013, confidence in the Memphis office market remains high so far this year.

First quarter leases signed outnumbered tenant move outs and the Memphis market ended the quarter with 54,989 square feet of absorption, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

100. Eastgate Set for Possible Makeover -

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

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