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1. Bebe Expects to Close All its Stores by the End of May -

NEW YORK (AP) – Clothing chain Bebe says it expects to close all its stores by the end of May, making it the latest retail casualty of the migration to online shopping.

The Brisbane, California-based chain had said earlier this month it would close 21 stores and "explore options" for the remaining locations. In a regulatory filing, it said it expects to recognize an impairment charge of about $20 million as a result of the closing of all its stores. The chain had recently said it had more than 130 retail stores and more than 30 outlet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It also offers branded products elsewhere and operates bebe.com.

2. Bartlett Opens Greenway; Ghost River Natural Area Grows -

The city of Bartlett has 29 parks, and every one of them has a walking trail. But the path that formally opens to the public Friday, April 21, at a trailhead at Santa Valley Road and U.S. 64 is Bartlett’s first venture in a full-fledged greenway.

3. Last Word: 'Take That For Data', Gas Tax Wednesday and Corker in Memphis -

“Take That For Data” may be the rallying cry for the rest of the NBA playoffs around here. And look for an off-the-chart crowd reaction Thursday when Grizz coach David Fizdale takes his place courtside. The Grizz' loss to the Spurs in Game 2 Monday in San Antonio prompted a post-game statistics-laden tirade by Fizdale about officiating of the game that concluded with Fizdale saying “take that for data” –the closest thing to profanity in the entire rant.

4. RegionSmart Speaker to Highlight Suburban Retrofitting -

Redevelopment is a ubiquitous term in Memphis right now. Major projects such as the Crosstown Concourse and ServiceMaster’s new headquarters are located well within the city limits, but according to Ellen Dunham-Jones, that is only just one piece of the puzzle.

5. Wal-Mart to Discount Online-Only Items Delivered to Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starting next week, Wal-Mart will offer discounts on thousands of online-only items when customers elect to have them shipped to one of the company's stores for pickup.

6. Last Word: Tubby Support, Pot Bill Withers and Changing Indigent Counsel Rules -

Just in time for spring, the near unraveling of the Overton Park-Zoo parking compromise. The Memphis City Council again put together a compromise Tuesday to keep the move to a new expanded parking lot on track and the funding in place by the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park Conservancy.

7. Z-Muffins Raise Lilee’s Gourmet Business -

Just in time for National Zucchini Bread Day on April 25, locally owned Lilee’s Gourmet Bakery is expanding into more Memphis-area retail locations. The fresh food bakery’s staple – zucchini bread muffins, or “Z-muffins” – are now sold in 18 area Kroger stores as well as Miss Cordelia’s Grocery, the Curb Market, Cash Savers, Superlo, Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

8. Norris, Proponents of Current IMPROVE Act Stand Firm as Alternative Bills Are Devised -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris gets revved up when he talks about the IMPROVE Act as a tax-cutting and bridge-safety measure. It’s a message he’s been sending for weeks, yet other lawmakers aren’t catching on.

9. IMPROVE Act Proponents Stand Firm as Alternative Bills Are Devised -

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris gets revved up when he talks about the IMPROVE Act as a tax-cutting and bridge-safety measure. It’s a message he’s been sending for weeks, yet other lawmakers aren’t catching on.

10. Sprouts to Open Store In East Memphis in Q3 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is bringing another store to the Memphis area as part of a wave of new store openings – 11 new stores total are planned for the second half of 2017.

A company spokesman confirmed Sprouts is opening a 28,000-square-foot store "early in the third quarter" at 576 S. Perkins Road. It's part of a total of 32 stores opening across the country this year.

11. Last Word: Spring Votes, Those Tax Bills and Tim McCarver on Baseball Changes -

Look for more details on the specifics of the “Gateway” project to start to emerge now that a crucial if overlooked piece of the geographic puzzle in the north Downtown area has come into public view. The city’s largest hotel, also the city’s original convention center hotel, is about to change hands and go back to flying the Marriott flag.

12. Fred’s May Buy Up to 1,200 Rite Aid Stores -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. is “the right buyer” of hundreds of Rite Aid stores that need to be divested so Rite Aid and Walgreens Boots Alliance can win Federal Trade Commission approval for their pending merger.

13. Death Toll in Syria Chemical Attack Rises to 86 -

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

A Syrian monitoring group says the death toll from a suspected chemical weapons attack on the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun has risen to 86.

14. Sprouts to Open Store In East Memphis in Q3 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is bringing another store to the Memphis area as part of a wave of new store openings – 11 new stores total are planned for the second half of 2017.

A company spokesman confirmed Sprouts is opening a 28,000-square-foot store “early in the third quarter” at 576 S. Perkins Road. It’s part of a total of 32 stores opening across the country this year.

15. Arkansas House Rejects Attempt to Impose Online Sales Taxes -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas House members say online retailers will not have to collect Arkansas sales taxes.

The proposal received only 43 votes in the 100-member House on Monday. Opponents say the bill creates a new tax and infringes on congressional power to regulate trade among the states. Supporters say Arkansas needs it to balance competition among online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.

16. Griffin Joins Memphis in May To Lead Marketing Efforts -

Robert Griffin has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of marketing, a role in which he’s responsible for all marketing and communication programs, promotions, media and public relations, marketing research and sponsorship activation for the annual festival. 
Griffin comes to Memphis in May with nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising.

17. Supreme Court Won't Restore $7.25B Swipe Fees Settlement -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will not restore a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

18. Sears, Once a Stalwart, Has ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open.

19. Wal-Mart Launches Incubator Lab to House Startups -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is launching an incubator lab focused on projects in robotics, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence as it aims to compete more aggressively with Amazon.

20. List of the 138 JC Penney Stores That are Closing -

J.C. Penney on Friday released a list of the 138 locations that will close in the coming months as part of its plan to cut costs. Most are located within malls or shopping centers. Liquidation sales will start at the closing stores on April 17, and most stores will be shut by mid-June, the company said.

21. JC Penney Lists the 138 Stores it is Planning to Shutter -

NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney on Friday listed for the first time the 138 locations it will shutter in the coming months as the retailer seeks to cut costs and improve its profitability.

22. Hollywood Feed Opens 50th Location -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed recently opened its 50th location at 2220 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth, Georgia. It is the second Georgia location for the holistic pet food and product retailer, which has stores across the Southeast in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas.

23. Editorial: The Ride From Mall To Mixed Use -

Memphis has come a long way from Southland Mall – the city’s first shopping mall – which seemed so cavernous in the late 1960s and now seems so small.

That’s not to say the times have left Southland Mall behind. They haven’t. It can and should be a part of the renaissance now underway in Whitehaven.

24. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

25. Fred’s Brings on New Board Members -

Change continues to be the operative word at Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc., which has made some key additions to its board in recent days as the company continues pursuing a major turnaround that includes completing its acquisition of 865 Rite Aid stores.

26. Hollywood Feed Opens 50th Location -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed recently opened its 50th location at 2220 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth, Georgia. It is the second Georgia location for the holistic pet food and product retailer, which has stores across the Southeast in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas.

27. RadioShack Files for Second Bankruptcy in 2 Years -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over two years, putting the future of the nearly 100-year-old electronics retailer in doubt.

28. McDonald's Lays Out Plan It Hopes Can Reverse Drop in Visits -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants – including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year.

29. Last Word: Building a Bigger Police Force, Old Desk Calendars and Summer School -

Since the Memphis Mayor’s race of 2015 became about how best to build a larger Memphis Police Department, the discussion has always had an element of controversy to it on a larger scale than a head count of who has a badge.

30. Bill Expanding Wine Sales Narrowly Fails in Arkansas House -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A measure that would expand wine sales in grocery stores has narrowly failed in the Arkansas House, though the bill will likely be brought up again this session.

31. AutoZone Reports ‘Challenging’ Q2 Results -

AutoZone’s results for the second quarter represented a bit of a slowdown for the auto parts and accessories retailer, with the company’s CEO using adjectives like “challenging” to describe the three-month period in which earnings and same-store sales were somewhat muted.

32. JCPenney to Close as Many as 140 Stores Nationwide -

Retail giant JCPenney has announced it will close 130 to 140 stores – representing 13 to 14 percent of its current store portfolio – as well as two distribution facilities over the next few months.

33. Binghampton Gateway Comes to Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

34. Binghampton Gateway Center Spells End for Inner City Food Desert -

The groundbreaking of a shopping center doesn’t always attract a large crowd of city officials and TV cameras, but then again not every shopping center is an oasis in the middle of a food desert.

35. Wal-Mart Keeps Working to Make Inroads Against Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller.

Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29 percent in the fourth quarter, which covers the critical holiday shopping season. That's an indication that its efforts to lower prices and improve web services are helping it compete better against Amazon, which has built fierce loyalty with its Prime two-day shipping program.

36. Sector-by-Sector Highlights of the Commercial Property Forecast Summit -

Many of the area’s best and brightest commercial real estate minds were on hand for the Memphis Area Association of Realtor’s Annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit at the Halloran Centre for Performance Thursday afternoon. 

37. 'Day Without Immigrants' Protest Closes Many US Restaurants -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The heart of Philadelphia's Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in the nation's capital and New York closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down.

38. US Retail Sales Rise in January, Led By Gas and Restaurants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending at gasoline stations and restaurants in January, boosting retail sales even though auto buying fell.

Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent, down from a solid 1 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

39. Sears May Sell Land, Cut Jobs to Save $1B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block as part of its latest plan to revive the faltering retail chain.

The company, which also owns Kmart, said Friday that it is cutting costs by at least $1 billion a year. It also said that it was adding $140 million in liquidity by reworking its debt, giving the company more breathing room.

40. FedEx Subsidiary Launches New Fulfillment Platform -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Supply Chain announced the launch of FedEx Fulfillment, an e-commerce solution that helps businesses manage inventory for their retail stores.

41. Fred’s, UTHSC Partner On Blood Pressure Screenings -

Members of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are teaming up with Fred’s Pharmacy for its Healthy Heart Initiative in February.

42. Last Word: Little Chairs in Longview, Police Pay Raise and Tiger Football Schedule -

The toys are in their cubbyholes. No stray Legos yet. The little chairs tucked neatly under little tables. The tall trees with their bare branches are much in need of little eyes inspecting their twisted branches and the shadows they make on the winter ground.

43. Fred’s, UTHSC Partner On Blood Pressure Screenings -

Members of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are teaming up with Fred’s Pharmacy for its Healthy Heart Initiative in February.

44. FedEx Subsidiary Launches New Fulfillment Platform -

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Supply Chain announced the launch of FedEx Fulfillment, an e-commerce solution that helps businesses manage inventory for their retail stores.

45. Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like The Limited shutting down and department stores such as Macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year – especially online.

46. Bill Excludes Churches From Campaign Spending Disclosures -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state senator wants to change Tennessee election finance law to exempt churches from having to report campaign spending on "public or private morality."

47. AutoZone Joins Retail Group Fighting Border Tax -

AutoZone has come out against a tax proposal from U.S. House Republicans that’s been mentioned as one mechanism for financing President Trump’s proposed wall along the country’s southern border.

48. Last Word: De-Annexation Theories, Clash on School Vouchers and Garth & Trisha -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration come up with some surprises in de-annexation recommendations to the city task force on the issue. The three most recently annexed areas of Memphis were considered likely to be in the recommendations. Although the indication last year was that this would take a lot of discussion before someone actually wrote that on a Power Point presentation at City Hall. Not only did Strickland do that – he also included four other areas.

49. Fred’s Could Buy More Rite Aid Stores -

Fred’s Inc. may end up buying more than the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s already planned to acquire as part of the merger of two drugstore chains.

In December, Memphis-based Fred’s said it would buy those 865 stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. on the heels of Walgreens working to satisfy regulatory concerns for its purchase of Rite Aid. Since then, the two chains have said they may divest more stores to overcome concerns from regulators.

50. Wal-Mart Dumps Its Version of Amazon Prime for New Path -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is replacing a program that offered free shipping but had an annual fee with one that has a lower free shipping threshold and faster delivery as it hopes to answer Amazon's powerful Prime membership success.

51. Stanifer Takes On Creative Role at Hollywood Feed -

Hollywood Feed has promoted Katherine Stanifer to graphic art manager, a role that includes serving as the lead graphic designer for brand assets for the retailer’s 50 locations across the Southeast. Stanifer works closely with Hollywood Feed’s director of advertising & creative, Billie Claire Darby, on a variety of projects ranging from internal training videos to monthly sales catalogs.

52. Last Word: State of the State React, Reverse Logistics and Speed Limiters -

As the work week began, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis joining House Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would bar the use of any federal funds to carry out President Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority Muslim countries.

53. Walgreens Slashes Offer for Rite Aid, Pushes Back Deadline -

Walgreens substantially lowered its offering price for drugstore rival Rite Aid and, facing resistance from U.S. regulators, raised the number of stores it would be willing to unload to ease monopoly concerns.

54. Turning the Page -

When a bookstore decides to close its doors for good, the moment isn't always so immediate or possessive of the clean finality that comes with shutting a book at the end of the story.

In the case of The Booksellers at Laurelwood, it is a long goodbye. These final weeks of a liquidation sale that will stretch into February – the culmination of a decision that the store’s finances have become untenable – have meant the slow unwinding of a 32-year-old bookstore that’s closing up shop the same way you fall asleep, fall in love, get old – gradually, then all of a sudden.

55. New Prescription: Doctor Offices That Look Like Apple Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

56. Wal-Mart to Add About 10,000 Retail Jobs in the US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs.

57. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

58. Holiday Spending Rises But Department Stores Lag -

Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

Overall consumer spending grew 4.7 percent over last holiday season, while online retail purchasing grew 12 percent over the same period last year, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments for nearly a million merchants between Oct. 29 and Jan. 2.

59. View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix -

Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.

But Doty, who has been selling everything from bicycles to kayaks and camping gear for 34 years in Nashville, is definitely tired of people shopping in his store for hours, snapping a picture of shoes they like, then going home and buying them online “just to avoid sales tax.”

60. Last Word: Opening Day in Nashville, Parking Pass or Parking Space and Ell Persons -

Lots of formalities Tuesday in Nashville where the 2017 session of the Tennessee Legislature begins. And that’s what this first week back will be about on the floors of the state House and the state Senate. Away from the floors, the real business of speculation and vote counting and drafting language is already well underway.

61. Online Shoppers Help Holiday Spending; Department Stores Lag -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

62. Sears to Sell Craftsman Tool Brand to Stanley Black & Decker -

NEW YORK (AP) – After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

63. Somber Department Store Holiday Season Casts Pall Over 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – A cheerless holiday season has rolled over into the new year at the nation's largest department stores, which are cutting jobs, profit expectations and closing scores of locations.

64. Scenarios Emerge to Keep Booksellers at Laurelwood Going -

For sale: One beloved, 32-year-old independent bookstore. Asking price? $800,000. That’s what Booksellers at Laurelwood owner Neil Van Uum says he’d accept to unload the store, days after announcing its impending closure and a liquidation sale that begins on Friday, Jan. 6.

65. Reactionaries, Evidence Vie on Medicinal Pot -

Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.

66. Booksellers at Laurelwood Set to Close -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has faced imminent closure before, the lights-out moment once so near that the representative of a liquidation chain paid a visit to get a look at the store and take stock of its inventory.

67. Owner: Booksellers at Laurelwood Closing -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood has reached its final chapter after 32 years in business.

Citing a decline in sales and rent obligations, store owner Neil Van Uum says the store is preparing to close, with a liquidation sale to begin Friday, Jan. 6.

68. Here Come 'Smart Stores' With Robots, Interactive Shelves -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tomorrow's retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology – everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors.

69. Last Word: A Rainbow's Tale, The Two Holiday Peaks and Crosstown High Plans -

I saw it all so clearly on a very cloudy and very rainy Monday in the city. A strong rainbow with bold colors across town from the setting sun on the river. Not some play rainbow that you create with a garden hose or some alleged double rainbow that depends on where you stand. As we were fond of saying in these parts in the 1980s and the 1990s – this was a “world class” rainbow.

70. AP Explains: How Amazon Echo Listens and What It Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Can Amazon's Echo speaker really be a witness to a murder? Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man found floating face-up in a hot tub believe that Amazon might have some evidence, given how Echo listens for commands and questions and communicates with Amazon's servers to respond.

71. Mold the Future Of Unplanned Purchases -

A Back End of Innovation Conference talk by Melissa Crompton, senior manager, New Model Innovation, The Hershey Co. In this changing retail landscape where trips in-store are down, how does a highly impulsive category remain relevant? And how do we become relevant to new audiences who are not going in stores? 

72. Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff Online and Earn Extra Cash -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you're cleaning out your closets for the new year, or need some spare cash after the holidays, your old stuff can help fill up your wallet.

A number of websites and apps make it easier to sell used smartphones, furniture and clothes. Here's where to go to sell your unwanted stuff and earn some extra bucks:

73. Many New Restaurants, Food Businesses Served Up in 2016 -

In a few weeks, the East Memphis space that once housed Cosmic Coconut will host a grand opening for its new incarnation.

It’s been reimagined as City Silo Table & Pantry, a concept that owner Scott Tashie – who also owns I Love Juice Bar in Midtown as well as the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown – said was a natural evolution. Encompassing a total of 2,600 square feet and anchored by a 10-foot farm table, City Silo expands on the expectation its owner says Cosmic Coconut set for “creative, clean eating” in Memphis.

74. Fred's, A Small Drugstore Chain, May Become National Player -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fred's, a small regional drugstore chain from Memphis, Tennessee, had a very good week last week.

It all started Tuesday, Dec. 20, when Fred's said it would pay $950 million to buy 865 stores that Rite Aid needed to sell in order to appease anti-trust regulators and close its $9.4 billion buyout deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

75. Hollywood Feed Opens First Georgia Location -

Memphis-based Hollywood Feed has expanded into Georgia. The holistic pet food and product retailer opened its newest location in Roswell, an Atlanta suburb, just before Christmas and plans to open a handful of additional locations in the Atlanta area over the next few months.

76. Impact Innovations Rolling With Recent Wal-Mart Deal -

Wal-Mart’s shift to more US manufacturing is benefitting a Memphis business.

Impact Innovations is now producing more than 20 million rolls of Christmas wrapping paper at the former Cleo Inc. facility in Southeast Memphis that was previously produced in China for Wal-Mart’s 4,500 stores.

77. Impact Innovations Rolling With Recent Wal-Mart Deal -

Wal-Mart’s shift to more US manufacturing is benefiting a Memphis business.

Impact Innovations is now producing more than 20 million rolls of Christmas wrapping paper at the former Cleo Inc. facility in Southeast Memphis that was previously produced in China for Wal-Mart’s 4,500 stores.

78. Last Word: Fred's Post Mortem, Karen Camper on Guns and Pentatonix at Calvary -

Who knew Fred’s could become probably the most complex local business story of the year? More post mortem on the $950 million deal announced this week in which the Memphis-based corporation bought 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens and Rite-Aid, who are working toward an acquisition and merger deal of their own.

79. Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse -

3670 S. Perkins Road

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: December 2016

Buyer: Farnsworth Investment Co.

80. Analyst: Rite Aid Buy ‘Good Deal’ for Fred’s -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. got a “really good deal” on the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s agreed to buy for $950 million in a deal that takes the company beyond its core market and marks a significant new chapter in its story.

81. Last Word: Boca Ends Badly, Fred's Deal Still Moving and The Couch Dylan Sat On -

Z Bo ejected and the Grizz fall to the Celtics 112 – 109 Tuesday at the Forum. Post game, Fizdale says the team has a leadership problem.

The Tigers at the Forum Wednesday, playing the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

82. Online Sites Court Procrastinators With Speedy Shipping -

ATLANTA (AP) – Forget ordering online weeks in advance or dashing out to the drug store for a gift card on Christmas Eve. Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online as retailers ramp up expedited shipping and same-day delivery services.

83. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

84. 2 Family Dollar Locations Sell for $2.6 Million -

Marketplace Development LLC has sold two Memphis properties housing Family Dollar stores to FD Retail Properties LLC for a combined $2.6 million.

85. Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club Raise $400K for Le Bonheur -

Local Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign that collected $399,032 on behalf of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals across America.

86. US Retail Sales Barely Rise at Start of Holiday Shopping -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their retail spending just slightly in November, a possible sign of lackluster holiday shopping.

Retail sales rose only 0.1 percent in November, after a downwardly-revised 0.6 percent growth in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

87. Analyst: Fred’s May Be in Talks To Sell -

Memphis-based pharmacy operator and retailer fred’s Inc. was still keeping quiet at press time about the “pending transaction” that led the company to take the unusual step of declining to allow questions from analysts following its earnings presentation Dec. 8.

88. Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club Raise $400K for Le Bonheur -

Local Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign that collected $399,032 on behalf of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals across America.

89. Fred’s Considering HQ Relocation in Revamp -

Memphis-based retailer fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

90. Innovation Inside the Box -

2016 Back End of Innovation Conference keynote by Drew Boyd, executive director of the Master of Science in marketing, University of Cincinnati.

The thesis of this talk is that creativity is a skill, not a gift. This practical advice starts with a promise from Boyd: “I’m going to teach you how to use your brain to innovate any way you want.”

91. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

92. Fred’s Inc. Considering HQ Relocation as It Works to Revamp Business -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. is studying a few options for relocating its Memphis headquarters at 4300 New Getwell Road, locations that Fred’s CFO Rick Hans told The Daily News are all within a few miles of the current headquarters.

93. Third-Quarter Loss Points to Lingering Challenge for Fred's -

Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc.’s release of its third quarter earnings results Thursday, Dec. 8, came with a few unusual features. First, the company had delayed that presentation to analysts by almost a week – then the company took the even more unusual step of declining to take questions from analysts.

94. Starbucks to Boost Number of Shops, Add More Food to Menu -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

95. AutoZone Revs Up Net Income By 8 Percent -

The first significant cold snap of the season is at hand, something that might leave most people resigned to the corresponding inconveniences but nonetheless excites AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes.

96. Trump Forms an Advisory Group of CEOs for Input on Jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump on Friday announced the formation of an advisory group of more than a dozen CEOs and business leaders who will offer input on how to create jobs and speed economic growth.

97. US Employers Add 178K Jobs as Unemployment Sinks to 4.6 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

98. Eastgate Arts District Launches in East Memphis -

Eastgate Shopping Center is looking to become Memphis’ newest arts district.

The East Memphis retail center – whose tenants include Fresh Market, Steinmart and Michael’s – launched the Eastgate Arts District Friday, Nov. 25, to coincide with the eighth annual WinterArts holiday artists market.

99. Dollar General Key Sales Figure Falls As Store Traffic Drops -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General put up weak earnings numbers for the third quarter in an environment that has largely favored bargain stores, with so many people still looking to cut costs where they can.

100. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.