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1. Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Directors -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected a shareholder lawsuit filed against key directors at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that claimed they allowed and concealed alleged bribery in the company's Mexico division.

2. Soma Intimates Coming To Saddle Creek Center -

Soma Intimates will open at the Shops of Saddle Creek later this year.

The women’s intimates and loungewear boutique will occupy a 2,132-square-foot store at Saddle Creek North next to Lucky Brand Jeans, according to a release.

3. Soma Intimates Coming To Saddle Creek Center -

Soma Intimates will open at the Shops of Saddle Creek later this year.

The women’s intimates and loungewear boutique will occupy a 2,132-square-foot store at Saddle Creek North next to Lucky Brand Jeans, according to a release.

4. Domino's Says Key US Sales Figure Jumped Nearly 10 Percent -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Domino's said its sales jumped 9.7 percent at U.S. stores open at least a year in the second quarter, boosted by the convenience of its digital ordering options and loyalty program.

5. McDonald's Joins ‘Pokemon Go’ Craze Hoping to Catch the Wave -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's will become the first major corporation to collaborate with the makers with the wildly popular "Pokemon Go."

The company, based outside of Chicago, will partner with the developer Niantic in Japan where, to the frustration of legions of would-be players, the game has yet to launch. Details of the collaboration were not released.

6. How safe is our food? -

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

7. Baptist Hires Disparity Coordinator For Breast Program at Women’s Center -

A 2014 study by the Avon Foundation found that black women in Memphis are more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer as white women. That helps convey why Venecia Harris is one of the newest hires at Baptist Women’s Health Center in Memphis.

8. Starbucks to Increase Base Pay of Workers in October -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is boosting the base pay of all employees and store managers at U.S. company-run stores by 5 percent or more.

In a letter sent to workers Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said that the amount of the raise — which will occur in October— will be determined by geographic and market factors. Starbucks doesn't disclose specifics on starting salaries for employees, saying it's determined on a market by market basis.

9. Fred’s Inc. Reports Lower June Sales -

Fred’s Inc. saw total sales in June drop 2.3 percent from a year ago.

For the five-week fiscal month of June that ended July 2, total sales were $208.5 million, down 2.3 percent from $213.3 million in June 2015. Comparable store sales for the month decreased 1.3 percent versus an increase of 1.6 percent for the year-ago period, according to a release.

10. Kroger Brings Online Ordering to More Memphis-Area Locations -

Kroger suspected there was plenty of demand in the Memphis market for the online ordering system the grocery chain has been rolling out in recent weeks.

When the company brought ClickList to the first Memphis-area store last month, Kroger executives saw firsthand. They don’t have exact numbers to share, but Kroger confirmed that the launch of its ClickList online system at the first area Kroger – in Germantown at 7735 Farmington Blvd. – generated the most opening week orders for any store in the entire chain.

11. Wendy's Says More Than 1,000 Restaurants Affected By Hack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wendy's said hackers were able to steal customers' credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, far more than it originally thought.

The hamburger chain said Thursday hackers were able to obtain card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the card, beginning in late fall. Some cards belonging to customers were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores.

12. Fred’s Inc. Reports Lower Sales in June -

Fred’s Inc. saw total sales in June drop 2.3 percent from a year ago.

For the five-week fiscal month of June that ended July 2, total sales were $208.5 million, down 2.3 percent from $213.3 million in June 2015. Comparable store sales for the month decreased 1.3 percent versus an increase of 1.6 percent for the year-ago period, according to a release.

13. More Than 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled After Fires, Burns -

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 500,000 hoverboards are being recalled after some of the motorized scooters overheated, burned riders and damaged property.

There have been 99 reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission of hoverboard battery packs that exploded or caught fire, the U.S. regulator said Wednesday.

14. Last Word: Two Paths, Council Day, Conley Writes and WIGS Debut -

Two ways to look at the Fourth of July in Memphis. It was either soggy or the fireworks began early.

For probably less than a minute, the mother accused to killing four of her children last week in southeast Shelby County will make her first court appearance Tuesday morning either in person at 201 Poplar Ave. or by video link from Jail East.

15. Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Wal-Mart Tries to Move In -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is trying to get a jump on Amazon's second annual sales bonanza.

The world's largest retailer is offering a free 30-day trial on its two-day unlimited shipping service, and an extra month free for paying members, starting Wednesday as it looks to sharpen its attack against the online leader.

16. Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers After 6 Kids Killed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

17. Chipotle Looks to Recover With Temporary Loyalty Program -

NEW YORK (AP) – Chipotle is introducing a temporary loyalty program intended to get customers back into its stores following a series of food scares.

The Mexican food chain already has given away millions of burritos through coupons for entrees to try to fill up empty locations after an E. coli outbreak and norovirus cases last year sent sales plunging. In the first three months of this year, Chipotle's sales at established locations were down about 30 percent.

18. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Beyond the Basics and the Golden Greek -

The future of the Pinch District looks to be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first venture beyond being “brilliant at the basics.”

19. The Week Ahead: June 27-July 3 -

It's been a long time coming, but Friday is the kickoff for wine sales in grocery stores. While you're getting your corkscrews ready, check out what else is going on this week – from a deadline in the greensward mediation process to a special superhero stop at St. Jude...

20. Editorial: The Bitter Taste of Tennessee Liquor Laws -

Something about spirits consistently causes Tennessee legislators to create arcane, byzantine laws.

Maybe it’s something in the wine. Or perhaps lawmakers have just been nursing legislative hangovers in recent years from debating health insurance rules or deciding who can use the bathroom where.

21. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

22. Last Word: Brexit, Grizz Picks in the NBA Draft and the Race for the 8th -

Brexit – British Exit – it is. The end of the European Union in the United Kingdom in Thursday’s referendum there began to make its presence known in financial markets even before the very close vote count was well established.

23. Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity -

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.

Nonprofit upstart Explore Bike Share expects to launch its bike share system in Memphis in 2017, with approximately 600 bikes at 60 stations planned within the Interstate 240 loop.

24. NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

25. NexAir to Move to Crosstown Concourse -

Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

26. NexAir to Move to Crosstown Concourse -

Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower.

NexAir will leave its headquarters on Corporate Avenue to become the largest for-profit tenant at the Crosstown Concourse building. Construction on nexAir’s tenant space is already underway, and the company plans to move its 65 corporate employees into the new headquarters in spring 2017. NexAir’s fill plants, distribution centers and retail stores will not be affected by the move.

27. Presidents Island Warehouse Sold to Love's Parent -

The parent company of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has purchased a Presidents Island warehouse.

In a June 8 warranty deed, Archer-Daniel Midland Co. sold the industrial property to Musket Corp. for $1.6 million.

28. Editorial: Measuring a Memphis Summer -

If you’ve not consulted your calendar for the beginning of summer and assumed it is already here, that’s completely understandable.

The summer finds the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis basketball team – the city’s two dominant sports franchises – each rebuilding.

29. Love’s Parent Company Buys Presidents Island Warehouse -

The parent company of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has purchased a Presidents Island warehouse.

In a June 8 warranty deed, Archer-Daniel Midland Co. sold the industrial property to Musket Corp. for $1.6 million.

30. Kroger Enters New Tech-Focused Era in Memphis -

All of a sudden, it seems, Kroger has transformed itself from a traditional grocery retailer to a tech-savvy brand that’s comfortable on the cutting edge.

At the chain’s corporate office in Memphis on a recent afternoon, Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager for the Kroger Delta Division, was showing one shopper some of the bells and whistles Kroger put inside its mobile shopping app. One hassle, the shopper mused aloud, is that she makes her grocery list but then has to run back and forth across the store once she get there, since the list never seems to line up in order with the store layout.

31. Home Depot: US Credit Card Firms Slow to Upgrade Security -

ATLANTA (AP) – Visa and MasterCard are using security measures prone to fraud, putting retailers and customers at risk of thieves, The Home Depot Inc. says in a new federal lawsuit.

32. Florida Bank Issues First US Credit Card for Use in Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – A small Florida bank will issue the first U.S. credit card intended for use in Cuba and make it easier for Americans to travel and work on an island largely cut off from the U.S. financial system, the bank announced Tuesday.

33. Rising US Retail Sales Offer Relief After Weak Jobs Report -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite a hiring slump, American consumers remain confident about spending – a reassuring sign for the U.S economy.

That was the message sent Tuesday by the government's report that U.S. shoppers boosted retail sales in May by a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent. It was the second straight increase, after an even more robust 1.3 percent increase in April.

34. Kroger Breaks Ground On Arlington Maketplace Store -

Kroger Delta Division broke ground June 8 on its first Marketplace store in West Tennessee at the southeast corner of Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road – the future site of the shops at Arlington Village. The current Kroger store in Arlington is being replaced by the new Marketplace design that features things like expanded grocery areas, home fashion and decor, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes – and Arlington’s first Starbucks.

35. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

36. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

37. Ralph Lauren is Closing Stores, Cutting Jobs as Sales Slump -

NEW YORK (AP) – Ralph Lauren is closing stores, cutting jobs and focusing more on its most popular brands to try to reverse its declining fortunes.

Shares of the fashion company tumbled 4 percent Tuesday.

38. Kroger Breaking Ground On Arlington Store Wednesday -

Kroger Delta Division is set to break ground Wednesday, June 8, on its first Marketplace store in West Tennessee.

The groundbreaking will be held at 9 a.m. in Arlington, at the southeast corner of Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road – the future site of the shops at Arlington Village. The current Kroger store in Arlington is being replaced by the new Marketplace design that features things like expanded grocery areas, home fashion and decor, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes – and Arlington’s first Starbucks.

39. US Gains Just 38K Jobs, Fewest in 5 Years; Rate at 4.7 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than five years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.

40. Wal-Mart Testing Uber, Lyft for Online Grocery Delivery -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix.

41. Wal-Mart's CEO Urges Employees to Reimagine Company's Future -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart's CEO urged employees on Friday to reimagine its future in a fast-shifting retail landscape.

The company is at a crossroads, as its long-held dominance in pricing has been chipped away at by Amazon and dollar stores. But it's fighting back on multiple fronts, growing more aggressive with prices and going after Amazon, both online and on the doorstep, by expanding delivery services.

42. Wal-Mart Testing Drones in Warehouses to Manage Inventory -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing drones that it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and which it said Thursday could be rolled out in the next six to nine months across its distribution centers.

43. Applications for US Unemployment Benefits Dipped Last Week -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, the third straight drop in a sign that the job market remains healthy despite a recent slowdown in hiring.

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 276,750.

44. Getting Financially Fit -

Ray’s Take: Spring has sprung and many are working hard to get physically fit, but how about financial fitness? A lot of the same tools that will keep you physically fit will also work well to keep you financially fit. If you’re often wondering how money slips out of your bank account, consider these tips to help you become lean and mean financially.

45. Wal-Mart Revives Smiley Face Image for Price Marketing -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart is reviving its yellow smiley image to be the face of its low-price marketing.

The nation's largest retailer is emphasizing customer service and aiming to reinforce a price leadership claim that's been chipped away at by increased competition from online leader Amazon.com and other rivals. The smiley, dormant for ten years, has returned to some digital advertising and will be in TV ads and some store signs starting next week. From there it's likely to expand.

46. Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction -

4572 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017

47. Last Word: As The Wheel Tax Turns, New Zoo Poll and Once Every Dozen Years -

When the school year ends, that’s not necessarily when leaders of school systems can take it easy.

That’s because the business of school systems is about looking months if not years ahead on your mental calendar.

48. US Consumer Spending Scores Biggest Jump in 6 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer spending surged in April by the largest amount in more than six years, led by a big jump in purchases of autos and other durable goods.

Consumer spending rose 1 percent last month after a flat reading in March, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Incomes were up a solid 0.4 percent, matching the March gain. Wages and salaries, the most important component of incomes, gained 0.5 percent.

49. Wal-Mart Steps Up Online Efforts in China as a Key to Future -

SHANGHAI (AP) – Wal-Mart's tiny warehouse in eastern Shanghai doesn't look like much. But it's a key part of the company's strategy to win over grocery customers in China who are fast heading online.

50. Pizza Chain Cooks Up Growth in Memphis -

Papa Murphy’s has cooked up some ambitious growth plans in Memphis to accompany the pizza pies the Vancouver, Wash.-based chain is known for.

Because of the success of the chain’s eight current stores in the Memphis area, Papa Murphy’s chief development officer and senior vice president of technology Jayson Tipp says the company wants to ramp that up to at least 25.

51. Last Word: Downtown Crime Discussions, Greensward Arrests and Lead Pipes -

An after-midnight stampede on Beale Street a week after one person was killed and two other people were wounded in a random shooting a block north of the entertainment district.

Summer is here by tradition if not by the calendar just yet. And Downtown there is already a debate behind the frequent declaration that Downtown is the safest area of the city.

52. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5M -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

53. HomePlus Store Opens 3rd Area Store In Southaven -

Conn’s HomePlus, a Houston-based furniture and home goods retailer, opens this week in Southaven.

The 45,762-square-foot store will be the third Memphis-area location for Conn’s HomePlus, which also has stores in Raleigh and Hickory Hill.

54. Poplar Commons Developers Pull Permits Totaling $15.5 Million -

The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first batch of construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.

The largest permit Seritage Growth Partners is seeking is $10.5 million for a single-story retail building at 4572 Poplar Ave., labeled as building 1.

55. First-Quarter Results Show Fred’s on Rebound -

Especially for a company like Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc., quarterly earnings results are about more than the numbers.

Fred’s – which grew total sales 8 percent during the quarter ended April 30 over the same period last year and earned $1.3 million in net income – is in the midst of a broad strategic and operational realignment. On the heels of new additions to management last year, plus new strategic imperatives and a big acquisition, changes the company is pushing this year include positioning itself as more of a health care company.

56. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring -

Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.

57. McDonald's CEO Says Company is Making Changes Customers Want -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's, under intense pressure in a competitive industry, sought to reassure its shareholders Thursday that it is making changes to its food and service that customers want.

58. Dollar General Q1 Profit Beats as Customers Spend More -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

Sales at stores open at least a year, considered an important measure of a retailer's health, rose 2.2 percent in the fiscal first quarter from the same period the year before. More customers came to stores and the average amount they spent rose too.

59. $21.6 Million in Construction Headed to Graceland -

1064 Craft Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $18.1 million

Project Cost: $21.6 million

60. Sephora Among New Tenants Headed to Saddle Creek -

Three newly announced tenants are headed to Saddle Creek Shopping Center in Germantown.

Global beauty retailer Sephora will open late this year. The 5,701-square-foot store will be located at Saddle Creek South next to Michael Kors. Sephora currently has two Memphis-area stores in Wolfchase Galleria and Carriage Crossing.

61. AutoZone Third-Quarter Results Miss Expectations -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. knows how to grow its net sales, manage its balance sheet, handle shareholder capital and do a host of other things that have helped it generate an unbroken string of double-digit earnings per share growth the past 39 quarters.

62. Memphis Fashion Incubator Looking for Permanent Space -

Andrea Fenise lays a sheet of ivory fabric over her desk and cuts diagonally with precision.

“Actually, today is my off day,” she said. “This is personal. It’s my baby’s flower girl dress.”

63. HomePlus Store to Open In Southaven This Week -

Conn’s HomePlus, a Houston, Texas-based furniture and home goods retailer, opens this week in Southaven.

The 45,762-square-foot store will be the third Memphis-area location for Conn’s HomePlus, which also has stores in Raleigh and Hickory Hill.

64. Sports Authority is Shuttering All Stores Amid Bankruptcy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sports Authority, which filed for bankruptcy protection three months ago, is shuttering all 460 of its stores after it was unable to adapt to consumers' move online.

The sports retailer had originally only planned to close about 140 stores, but in a court document this week it outlined plans to shutter all of them.

65. Report Says Amazon to Expand its Store-Brand Offerings -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is planning to expand the store-brand items it sells to new categories including food and household products, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The new products could include nuts and spices and other consumer goods such as diapers and laundry detergent.

66. Outlook Dims for Mall Stores as Online Shopping Intensifies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall –from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney – face an increasingly uncertain future.

67. Kroger Delta Division Hiring Nearly 500 -

Kroger Delta Division is interviewing for almost 500 positions later this week.

Interviews will be held Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 470 positions at all 104 stores in the division, which encompasses Memphis. Prospective employees must first complete an application, which is available online at jobs.kroger.com, and business attire is recommended for the interviews which will take place at all area stores.

68. Local Rite Aid Pharmacies Offering New Vaccines -

In response to the outbreak of measles cases in the Memphis-area, Rite Aid pharmacies are offering to administer the MMR vaccine, which offers protection against measles, mumps and rubella, at all Memphis-area stores to anyone age 3 and above.

69. Station to Station -

Even now, Explore Bike Share founder Doug Carpenter does not try to pretend that the initiative will cure all that ails Memphis. 

It won’t wipe out poverty. It can’t cure cancer. It won’t eliminate diabetes and obesity, solve all of the city’s transportation problems or totally bridge cultural and racial gaps that predate the bicycle’s invention.

70. Wal-Mart Sharpens Amazon Attack With 2-Day Delivery Service -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com.

The world's largest retailer is trimming its free-shipping pilot program to two days from a three, and it's cutting a dollar off the membership price. Membership is now be $49 per year.

71. Google to Ban Payday Lending Ads, Calling Industry 'Harmful' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet giant Google said Wednesday it will ban all ads from payday lenders, calling the industry "deceptive" and "harmful."

Google's decision could have as much or even more impact on curtailing the industry than any move by politicians, as many payday loans start with a desperate person searching online for ways to make ends meet or cover an emergency.

72. Kroger Delta Division Hiring Nearly 500 -

Kroger Delta Division is interviewing for almost 500 positions later this week.

Interviews will be held Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 470 positions at all 104 stores in the division, which encompasses Memphis. Prospective employees must first complete an application, which is available online at jobs.kroger.com, and business attire is recommended for the interviews which will take place at all area stores.

73. Last Word: The Airport and Hotels, Loans and Musicians and Underground in Town -

That didn’t take long. Fired one day, hired the next for Dave Joerger now formerly of the Grizz.

74. Penney to Expand Major Appliances to Half of Its Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney says it will start to sell major appliances online and expand its rollout of the category to nearly 500 stores, or almost half of its stores, this summer.

The move comes after a successful test of offering major appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators in 22 markets in February. Penney got out of the major appliance business more than 30 years ago.

75. Lucky 7: Indie Bookstores Rise for Seventh Straight Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent bookselling remains on a roll.

The American Booksellers Association has grown for the seventh consecutive year, the trade group's CEO, Oren Teicher, told The Associated Press during a recent interview. Core membership increased to 1,775, up by 63 over the previous year and by more than 300 since 2009. And with many stores opening additional outlets, the number of individual locations rose to 2,311, compared with 2,227 at this time in 2015 and just 1,651 in 2009.

76. Local Rite Aid Pharmacies Offering New Vaccines -

In response to the outbreak of measles cases in the Memphis-area, Rite Aid pharmacies are offering to administer the MMR vaccine, which offers protection against measles, mumps and rubella, at all Memphis-area stores to anyone age 3 and above.

77. Graceland Welcomes 20 Millionth Visitor -

A 31-year-old newlywed from London was the 20 millionth visitor to Graceland since it opened 34 years ago.

Tiffany Greenoak and her husband, Robert, were welcomed and surprised on the front steps of Graceland Tuesday, May 3, by Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden.

78. FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.

79. Wal-Mart Brings Back Greeters at the Store Door -

NEW YORK (AP) – Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart.

The nation's largest retailer says in a blog post this week that it's bringing back door greeters to a majority of its more than 5,000 stores by mid-summer to improve customer service. For the remainder of the stores, which have had problems with theft, Wal-Mart will position a "customer host," who will not only greet customers but also check receipts to prevent shoplifting.

80. Aeropostale, One-Time Mall King, Seeks Bankruptcy Protection -

NEW YORK (AP) – Aeropostale, once the vibrant epicenter of the U.S. mall scene, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closing 20 percent of its stores in North America.

The New York company said Wednesday that it is closing 113 of its 739 U.S. stores and all 41 locations in Canada. Going-out-of-business sales at those U.S. stores will begin this weekend.

81. South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor -

South Front Street, which stretches Downtown from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Central Station, is emerging as its own standalone residential and commercial corridor. What was once a heavy industrial area and warehousing district for South Main’s department stores is undergoing a transformation into Downtown’s most residentially dense neighborhood.

82. Graceland Welcomes 20 Millionth Visitor -

A 31-year-old newlywed from London was the 20 millionth visitor to Graceland since it opened 34 years ago.

Tiffany Greenoak and her husband, Robert, were welcomed and surprised on the front steps of Graceland Tuesday, May 3, by Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden.

83. Whole Foods Exec: No Tattoo Shops Planned for New Chain Yet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its "365" chain will have a minimalist layout, affordable prices and third-party vendors who set up shop inside the stores. That generated fanfare earlier this year when Bloomberg noted the chain's website said the vendors might include sellers of body care products, record shops and even tattoo parlors.

84. Absolute Storage Management Reports Q1 Growth -

Memphis-based Absolute Storage Management saw growth in its first-quarter revenue and occupancy, the self-storage management firm announced this week.

ASM, the largest private, third-party self-storage management company in the United States, said its same-store income revenue increased 10.3 percent, compared with a 9.7 percent increase in first quarter 2015. Same-store square-foot occupancy rates increased 2.3 percent year-over-year, while same-store rent per occupied unit increased 6.9 percent.

85. McDonald's Tests McNuggets Without Artificial Additives -

NEW YORK (AP) – Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients that reads like a chemistry exam. But now McDonald's wants to take at least some of the mystery substances out.

86. Absolute Storage Mgmt. Reports Q1 Growth -

Memphis-based Absolute Storage Management saw growth in its first-quarter revenue and occupancy, the self-storage management firm announced this week.

ASM, the largest private, third-party self-storage management company in the United States, said its same-store income revenue increased 10.3 percent, compared with a 9.7 percent increase in first quarter 2015. Same-store square-foot occupancy rates increased 2.3 percent year-over-year, while same-store rent per occupied unit increased 6.9 percent.

87. Ikea: 'Everything's on Track' for New Memphis Store -

A construction crew of nearly 500 is at work turning what is now a steel frame into Tennessee’s first Ikea store. This week, the crew began installing Ikea’s trademark cobalt-blue walls on the western edge of what will be a self-serve warehouse.

88. Federated PI, Signal 88 CEO Recovers From 'Devastating' Setback -

Business was good and getting better. This was 2010 and Huston Akins steadily had grown his private investigative and security operation. But his contract with Kroger was the cornerstone.

The account with Kroger covered 19 stores. His plain clothes officers, dispatched at various intervals, would troll for shoplifters. But in February of 2010, Akins found his business at risk.

89. Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice -

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

90. Last Word: The Bible Veto Override Vote, Grizz Nostalgia and Kroger Goes Online -

The Tennessee Legislature hoped to end its 2016 session Wednesday at the end of an eventful day that included a failed attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.
But into Wednesday evening, the state House was still debating the Hall tax on dividends – specifically further roll backs of it. And the Senate had gone home for the night.
So Thursday looks like a good bet for the adjournment for the year and the formal start of the election season for incumbents.

91. 5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders -

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

92. Wayfair Teams With Porch.com to Offer Home-Improvement Help -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bought a ceiling fan but just don't know how to install it?

Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for all things home, has teamed up with Porch.com to connect shoppers with professionals offering a variety of services, from installing a light fixture to assembling a bookcase.

93. Lenny’s Serving Up More Locations This Year -

A few months into fresh leadership at the top, Memphis-based sandwich chain Lenny’s Sub Shop is embarking on a growth plan it’s cooked up that includes everything from new restaurant locations to updated mobile and online ordering offerings.

94. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

95. Wolfchase Adds Three Tenants -

Simon Property Group, the parent company of Wolfchase Galleria, has added three new stores to the Bartlett-area mall.

Kids Foot Locker will open at Wolfchase over the summer. The 4,497-square-foot store will be located on the lower level next to Francesca’s.

96. Young Cherishes Role of Rebuilding Memphis Neighborhoods -

“I don’t want to be viewed as the most powerful person in Memphis,” said Paul Young, a Memphis native who became director of Housing and Community Development for the city of Memphis in January.

97. Moving Dirt -

The Memphis development community is looking inward and upward to increase density in the urban core. New construction is happening across all four commercial real estate sectors, with long-anticipated projects like Trader Joe’s and the redevelopment of Central Station finally coming to fruition. Construction and operating costs continue to be a challenge as new projects hit the top of their class to command higher rents.

98. Fashion Week Organizers Launching Business Incubator -

The greater aim of Memphis Fashion Week is stitching together infrastructure to support a local fashion industry. But this week, the glamour is on full display.

This year’s Memphis Fashion Week, which runs through Saturday, April 9, kicked off Monday at an after-hours event in Chickasaw Oaks shopping center. Models, designers and supporters sipped cocktails and browsed the handcrafted outfits that will be part of this weekend’s runway shows.

99. Justices Reject Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo Class-Action Appeals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is turning down appeals by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. of multimillion-dollar class-action judgments.

100. Orders for Lower-Priced Tesla Hit 198,000 -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.