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1. LA Fitness to Begin Work on East Memphis Gym -

L.A. Fitness has filed a $3.5 million building permit application to begin interior buildout work at its East Memphis gym, located at 4572 Poplar Ave. in Poplar Commons.

2. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, an 18-acre shopping center in the heart of Bartlett sells for $28.8 million, Ulta Beauty prepares to build out its space in Poplar Commons, and Dave & Buster’s continues work on its first Memphis location...

3. Ulta Beauty Files Permit For East Memphis Store -

Ulta Beauty is preparing to build out its space in Poplar Commons, the East Memphis shopping center rising across from Oak Court Mall.

The cosmetics retailer is seeking a $450,000 permit application to work on the interior of its future location at 4572 Poplar Ave., inside the shopping center that will be anchored by Nordstrom Rack. No contractor is listed on the application.

4. Macy’s Outlet Opens At Oak Court Saturday -

Macy’s is opening its outlet store concept Macy’s Backstage, the first such store in Tennessee, on Saturday, May 13.

The new outlet opens inside the Oak Court Mall Macy’s store at 9 a.m. As part of the opening, the first 100 customers will be given a $20 gift card.

5. Macy’s Outlet Opens At Oak Court Saturday -

Macy’s is opening its outlet store concept Macy’s Backstage, the first such store in Tennessee, this weekend.

The new outlet opens inside the Oak Court Mall on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. As part of the opening, the first 100 customers will be given a $20 gift card.

6. East Memphis Office Sells for $17 Million -

6055 Primacy Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $17 million 

Sale Date: April 11, 2017

7. Primacy II Office Building Sells for $16.6 Million -

Primacy II, a 123,265-square-foot East Memphis office building at 6055 Primacy Parkway, has sold to Nashville-based Priam Capital for $16.6 million.

8. East Memphis Office Sells for $17M -

Primacy II, a 123,265-square-foot East Memphis office building, has a new owner thanks to a huge $17 million deal.

Nashville-based Priam Capital purchased the office building located at 6055 Primacy Parkway near the intersection Ridgway Road and Park Avenue from The Southland Companies for $16.6 million, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds April 11.

9. Permit Filed for Boutique Arrive Hotel Downtown -

477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103 

Permit Amount: $5.3 million

Application Date: February 2017

Completion: 2018

10. East Memphis Office Sells for $5.7 Million -

Nashville-based Priam Capital has expanded its Memphis portfolio with the purchase of a 45,000-square-foot office building along the Poplar corridor.

Priam, acting as 5400 Poplar LLC, purchased the office building at 5400 Poplar Ave. from HBAM Member Services for $5.7 million, according to a Jan. 31 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

11. East Memphis Office Building Sells for $5.7 Million -

Nashville-based Priam Capital has expanded its Memphis portfolio with the purchase of a 45,000-square-foot office building along the Poplar corridor.

Priam, acting as 5400 Poplar LLC, purchased the office building at 5400 Poplar Ave. from HBAM Member Services for $5.7 million, according to a Jan. 31 warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

12. Crime Issue Shows Complexity After Record Homicide Tally -

When the subject is crime in Memphis, it never stays in one place for very long. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s conclusion that the city’s problem with violent crime is a black problem drew criticism Tuesday, Jan. 3, from Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove.

13. Rallings, City Council Discuss 'Layered' Approach to Crime -

Memphis City Councilman Philip Spinosa says shopping malls should consider providing some additional security measures instead of relying solely on Memphis Police to quell disturbances at the malls.

14. Holiday Decision -

In recent years the holiday shopping season has been inching back further and further, with some retailers choosing to give up the tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving. But this year public backlash has reached the top of the retail chain, and some big malls and shopping centers are deciding it’s not worth opening on the national holiday.

15. Three Industrial Properties Sell for $9.6 Million -

Malone Distribution Park 

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $9.6 million

Sale Date: Sept. 8

16. Saddle Creek Adding Trio of New Tenants -

Three new tenants have been announced for the Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown. Allen Edmonds, a manufacturer of men’s footwear and accessories, will open late this year. The store will be located between Indigo and Brooks Brothers in Saddle Creek South.

17. Saddle Creek Adding Trio of New Tenants -

Three new tenants have been announced for the Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown. Allen Edmonds, a manufacturer of men’s footwear and accessories, will open late this year. The store will be located between Indigo and Brooks Brothers in Saddle Creek South.

18. TAG Truck Center to Occupy Mall of Memphis Land -

4430 American Way

Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $28 million

Application Date: July 2016

19. Grove Park Building Sells for $8.6 Million -

A Nashville-based investment group has made its first purchase in Memphis. Priam Capital has purchased the Grove Park Building at 4515 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis from GPCTN Investment Co. LLC for $8.6 million.

20. Last Word: Laurelwood Changes, Greensward Aftermath and Broadband Problems -

East Memphis Proper is about to look a lot different. Nordstrom Rack is opening a Memphis store and it will be built where the Sears store stands now in the Laurelwood shopping center.
Sears closes in mid-April and the 1958 structure will be demolished for a new retail center to be called Poplar Commons.
Nordstrom Rack is 33,000 square feet of a 135,000 square foot shopping center.
Out parcels tend to be the changing face of commercial development on Poplar Avenue.
There are some notable exceptions like the nearby Oak Court Mall which was a significant change of scenery from what was once the Siena College campus.
Further west on Poplar, the Poplar Plaza shopping center – the city’s first suburban shopping center – is still recognizable in its original form if you know what used to be there.

21. Nordstrom Rack to Open In East Memphis -

After months of speculation, Nordstrom Rack has confirmed plans to open in Memphis.

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. announced Wednesday, March 2, that it will open a 33,000-square-foot store in fall 2017 at the site of the soon-to-close Sears store at 4570 Poplar Ave., adjacent to Laurelwood shopping center.

22. Poplar Opens Up -

The prized retail stretch of Poplar Avenue between Perkins Road and Interstate 240 is shaking up in a way the area hasn’t seen in several decades. Within the next two years, more than 230,000 square feet will be made available in what has historically been a tight trade area.

23. Dresses Needed For Memphis Prom Closet -

Oak Court Mall is collecting new and gently used prom dresses through March 4 to benefit Brown Girl Dreams and the 2016 Memphis Prom Closet.

The Prom Closet provides prom dresses free of charge to high school seniors who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in prom activities. Brown Girl Dreams, which is celebrating its fifth year, sponsors girls from Northside High, Douglass High, Soulsville Charter School and the Hollis F. Price Middle College.

24. Dresses Needed For Memphis Prom Closet -

Oak Court Mall is collecting new and gently used prom dresses through March 4 to benefit Brown Girl Dreams and the 2016 Memphis Prom Closet.

The Prom Closet provides prom dresses free of charge to high school seniors who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in prom activities. Brown Girl Dreams, which is celebrating its fifth year, sponsors girls from Northside High, Douglass High, Soulsville Charter School and the Hollis F. Price Middle College.

25. Oak Court Mall, United Way To Offer Free Tax Services -

Oak Court Mall is teaming up with United Way of the Mid-South to offer free income tax preparation services on several upcoming Saturday afternoons, starting this weekend.

United Way volunteers will be at the mall Saturday, Feb. 6, from noon to 6 p.m. to offer tax help at no cost to taxpayers with a household income of $54,000 or less. The volunteers, who are IRS-certified, are trained to help tax filers claim qualifying credits and will provide information about community services and other beneficial financial resources.

26. Oak Court Mall, United Way To Offer Free Tax Services -

Oak Court Mall is teaming up with United Way of the Mid-South to offer free income tax preparation services on several upcoming Saturday afternoons, starting this weekend.

United Way volunteers will be at the mall Saturday, Feb. 6, from noon to 6 p.m. to offer tax help at no cost to taxpayers with a household income of $54,000 or less. The volunteers, who are IRS-certified, are trained to help tax filers claim qualifying credits and will provide information about community services and other beneficial financial resources.

27. Simon to Award Grant to College-Bound Senior -

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, wants to help a local graduating senior pay for college.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2016 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property – including Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall – is eligible. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

28. Simon Foundation to Award Grant to College-Bound Senior -

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, wants to help a local graduating senior pay for college.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2016 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property – including Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall – is eligible. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

29. Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales -

Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.

The National Retail Federation predicts that 2015 will be a banner year for holiday shopping with sales in November and December expected to reach $630.5 billion, a 3.7 increase over 2014 and significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

30. LEDIC to Open New Headquarters in East Memphis -

LEDIC, a Memphis-based manager, owner and developer of multifamily properties around the country, is building a new $10.2 million state-of-the-art headquarters facility in Memphis.

The company will create 300 new Tennessee jobs in the process, LEDIC announced Wednesday, Nov. 11. About 100 of the new jobs will be based at the new national headquarters at 555 S. Perkins Rd. The remaining 200, which include management, construction, maintenance and leasing positions, will be distributed throughout the state.

31. RiverArtsFest Celebrates Visual Art -

Lee Askew loves art festivals. He travels the United States to visit some of the best, regularly bringing back ideas for what he knows is possible in Memphis.

32. Oak Court Mall to Host Food Truck Rally -

Oak Court Mall is set to host a Food Truck Rally this weekend.

The event, the mall’s first such event for foodies, will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Poplar Avenue parking lot.

33. New Restaurant Flying into Oak Court Mall -

A new eatery has spread its wings and landed at Oak Court Mall.

American Wing Co. is opening this fall in the mall, at 4465 Poplar Ave.

34. New Restaurant Flying Into Oak Court Mall -

A new eatery has spread its wings and landed at Oak Court Mall.

American Wing Co. is opening this fall in the mall, at 4465 Poplar Ave.

35. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

36. Archimania Moving Forward With South Main Plans -

Memphis architecture firm archimania is inching closer to building a new headquarters and apartment development in the South Main neighborhood Downtown.

Archimania hopes to build a 5,000-square-foot office building, a 20-space surface parking lot and a six-unit apartment building at 705 S. Main St., which is located southeast of the Main and East Carolina Avenue intersection.

37. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

38. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

39. 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.

40. Council Raises Concerns With Ikea Tax Breaks -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board votes Wednesday, Jan. 21, on the $8 million payment in lieu of taxes for the Ikea retail store to open next year at Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

41. 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.

42. ’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.

43. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

44. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

45. Events -

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The event will give community members and vendors of The Bridge a chance to mingle and enjoy a meal, and an auction will feature works by artists with experiences of homelessness. Tickets are $50. Visit thememphisbridge.com/fallfundraiser for details.

46. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold an opening reception for works from TOPS Gallery Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall Road. ArtsMemphis is lending its space to TOPS, a Downtown gallery, through Nov. 14. Visit artsmemphis.org.

47. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

5400 Old Millington Road
Unincorporated Shelby County
Permit Cost: $2 million

48. Owner Quitclaims Grove Park Center -

Grove Park Center, the 94,200-square-foot office building at 4515 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, has traded hands via quitclaim deed.

49. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

50. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

51. County Primaries Reflect Different Political Fortunes -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

52. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million -

2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: March 27, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.

53. Oak Court Mall Transferred To Simon Property Spinoff -

Simon Property Group has transferred ownership of the Oak Court Mall to Washington Prime Group Inc. as part of a planned spinoff of some of its shopping centers and smaller malls.

54. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold its Volunteer Expo Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will be on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

55. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host a heart-healthy cooking demonstration Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital, 5959 Park Ave. RSVP at 765-1849.

56. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

57. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

58. June 14-20: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The project to build a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan rail bridge across the Mississippi River won a $15 million grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. The key to winning the TIGER grant – Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery – from the Obama administration was to combine the boardwalk with a separate application for funding to upgrade Main Street from Uptown to the South Main district including the Main Street Mall.

59. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

60. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Ron Reid, senior agency manager of Memphis Public Library LINC, will speak. Lunch is Dutch treat. Call Bob Gray at 494-8639.

61. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The Wiz” Thursday, Feb. 21, through March 9 at the theater, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit ppp.org for times and tickets.

62. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Roland Gray, medical director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation, will discuss prescription drug abuse. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

63. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

64. Christmas Magic -

For Rick Jamison of Cordova, the transformation from corporate IT director to Santa Claus began with a hat.

65. Retail Therapy -

The retail business has been described in recent times as Darwinian in nature to those in the industry, meaning formats come and go as competition intensifies each year.

That concept is apparent in retail chains having trouble finding the best real estate for new locations as antiquated strip centers retain high vacancies. Or in the resurgence of upscale retailers, while dollar stores are simultaneously expanding at a rapid clip.

66. Crew Training International Names Woodward Director -

Steve Woodward has joined Crew Training International as director of learning. In his new role, Woodward will manage CTI’s core learning centers, oversee professional development programs and develop metrics to measure and manage the most efficient learning systems.

67. Events -

The Daily News will hold a sustainable energy seminar and panel discussion as part of its 2012 seminar series Thursday, Aug. 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave. Cost is $25. Register at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

68. Baldwin Joins Trumbull Labs as Pathologist -

Dr. Heather Sehnert Baldwin has joined Trumbull Laboratories LLC as a pathologist. In her new role, Baldwin will practice a full range of pathology with a focus in hematopathology.

69. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 31, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. David Rutherford will present “Global Warming in the U.S. South,” a collaboration among the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

70. Events -

The Arc Mid-South will hold a self-advocacy workshop and panel discussion for individuals with disabilities Monday, July 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library meeting room A, 3030 Poplar Ave. R.S.V.P. to bcarter@thearcmidsouth.org or ljones@thearcmidsouth.org.

71. Creative Aging Mid-South Honored by Huffington Post -

Creative Aging Mid-South, an organization dedicated to promoting vital aging through the arts, is one of 10 arts-focused nonprofits across the country being saluted this month by The Huffington Post, in partnership with GreatNonprofits.org.

72. Finding a Niche -

This is the second in a two-part series looking at the state of the local travel agency industry. The first story ran in The Daily News June 29.

The age of self-service travel, in which customers are performing every task, from booking flights and hotels online to checking themselves in electronically at the airport, has forced many travel agencies in recent years to close their doors.

73. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

74. Dillard's Shares Rise on Strong Q1 Results -

Shares of Dillard’s Inc. rose on Friday after the department-store operator reported its first-quarter net income rose 24 percent as customers bought spring clothing and other merchandise.

The strong results sent shares up nearly 9 percent in midday trading.

75. Honor The Fallen MPD ‘Blue’ -

Last week we discussed how building your sphere of influence is intertwined with community engagement. This week let us refocus on our May 16 column (“A Monument to Fallen Officers”) and provide some personal insight into the progression and recent public unveiling of the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial.

76. Fallen Police Memorial to be ‘Lasting Tribute’ -

Men and women in blue were joined by friends, family and supporters at the Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave., Friday, Dec. 16, for the unveiling of the mockup of a Fallen Officer Memorial that will honor the Memphis Police Department officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

77. Fallen Officer Memorial to be Dedicated Friday -

Plans for a new memorial to fallen Memphis Police Department officers will be unveiled Friday, Dec. 16, at Oak Court Mall.

MPD brass and the families of fallen officers as well as community and business leaders will unveil a smaller version of what the memorial could look like Friday at 11 a.m. at entrance two of the East Memphis mall.

78. Events -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council will serve as host for a breakfast Wednesday, July 27, at 8:15 a.m. at One Commerce Square Annex. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will speak. Cost is $5. For reservations, call 818-2400.

79. Events -

The GOTV Club will present a seminar titled “Healthcare Reform for Business Owners” Tuesday, July 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Philip Johnson of Argyle Benefits Consultants will speak. Cost is $25. To register, visit thegotvclubjuly.eventbrite.com.

80. Best Times to Host Senior Expo -

The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active, mature Mid-Southerners, will host a Senior Expo and Health Fair on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave.

81. Events -

The Memphis Library and Information Center board of trustees will meet Monday, July 25, at noon at the Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne St. For more information, call 415-2846.

82. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle” Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hyatt Place, 9161 Winchester Road. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

83. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Tuesday, June 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will learn how to search for and find the most promising grant opportunities for their organizations. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

84. Events -

Visible Music College and the Cooper Young Business Association will present Visible Live, a free live concert featuring Visible students, alumni and staff, Monday, June 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. The Teacher’s Lounge Trio will perform. For more information, visit www.cooperyoung.biz.

85. A Monument to Fallen Officers -

Last week, we discussed the Memphis Police Foundation, which is helping to fund essential equipment and training for the Memphis Police Department, while also serving as the conduit to construct a monument to those MPD officers who have lost their lives protecting our city. This week, let us spotlight that monument: the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial.

86. MLGW Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division officials Wednesday unveiled a set of 69 proposed sites for stations to charge electric vehicles.

The sites across Shelby County include seven Memphis public libraries as well as the Millington public library and seven MLGW facilities that would add the electric charging stations.

87. Two Memphis Malls Get New Leadership -

Oak Court Mall and Wolfchase Galleria have been assigned new general managers, Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. said Thursday.

88. Volunteer Expo. Thursday at Oak Court -

Volunteer Mid-South’s Volunteer Expo will take place Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave.

89. Grubb & Ellis to Lease Oak Court Office Building -

Simon Property Group Inc. has selected Grubb & Ellis Memphis as the leasing agent for Oak Court Drive, a 136,000-square-foot Class A office building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

Grubb & Ellis president Joe Steffner and vice president Greg deWitt will handle the leasing for the property, which sits next to Oak Court Mall and currently has up to 13,000 square feet of contiguous space with smaller suites available for other prospective tenants.

90. Angel Tree Brings Christmas Joy to Needy Kids, Seniors -

Lured by the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences choir’s high-energy gospel rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” a lunchtime crowd of curious onlookers filtered into the center of Oak Court Mall Friday during the official launch of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

91. Nasty Customers Should Make You Smile -

Poor service seems to always be on our radar, but what about poor customer behavior? I had a chance to watch that during a recent trip to Macy’s.

I was being helped at the checkout desk when a customer approached sales associate Emadeline Harris with an exchange. There are many ways I could describe the customer’s attitude, but let’s just say she had a chip on her shoulder and was on the offense. I tried to concentrate on my own transaction, but I was mesmerized by her loud and attacking manner. She all but accused Ms. Harris of trying to cheat her. I wish I had thought to use my video phone to record the event; it would make an awesome training video.

92. Millennium Expands, Eyes Additional Growth -

Times are tough in the furniture industry, but at least one Memphis-area furniture retailer has been scaling up during the recession rather than scaling back.

This summer, Millennium Home Furnishings opened a 12,000-square-foot showroom at 3164 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road, just south of Poplar Pike in Germantown. The new store replaces Millennium’s former 4,500-square-foot store at The Avenue Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

93. Brighter Future -

The financial services industry in Memphis is apparently back to thinking about tomorrow, rather than simply making it through today.

Firms are hiring again, deepening their bench strength in key areas, recommitting to a focus on customer relationships – and, in some cases, once more turning a tidy profit.

94. First Tennessee Renovating Ron Terry Center -

First Tennessee Bank is renovating its Ron Terry Center by the Oak Court Mall, at 4385 Poplar Ave. The building is in the process of getting new paint, wallpaper, carpet and furniture. Work will be finished by November.

95. Wolfchase Files New Appraisal Challenge -

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

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

96. Simon Says It Improved Offer For Rival -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Mall owner Simon Property Group says it has improved its offer to help finance the bankruptcy exit of its biggest rival, General Growth Properties.

The Indianapolis company, which owns and operates Oak Court Mall and Wolfchase Galleria, will backstop a $1.5 billion credit facility General Growth needs to emerge from bankruptcy, waive a $12.5 million fee and limit its governance rights.

97. Magna Strikes Balance With Conservative Approach -

In baseball terms, Magna Bank’s just-released annual report depicts a bank that stepped to the plate in 2009 after several innings of bad omens and knocked a few solid base hits.

98. The Biggest Spenders -

David Simon, chairman and CEO of the nation’s largest public real estate firm, told analysts a few weeks ago during Simon Property Group’s fourth quarter earnings conference call that 2009 was a challenging year. And he doesn’t think 2010 will be much better for the company, which owns two malls in Memphis.

99. Area Malls See Different Reappraisal Results -

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

100. Simon Properties Offers General Growth $10B Buyout -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The nation’s largest shopping mall owner, Simon Property Group, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire its ailing rival, General Growth Properties.

Simon has a large footprint in Memphis, where the company owns 94.5 percent of Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova and 100 percent of Oak Court Mall in East Memphis, two of the most successful area malls.