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1. Pre-K Expansion Faces Resistance in Push for Sunday Wine Sales -

NASHVILLE – Legislation sending revenue from Sunday wine sales to prekindergarten expansion faces a battle on several fronts when it reaches a committee in early March.

The bill sponsored by state Sen. Lee Harris is designed to take the state tax dollars from the sale of wine on Sundays, if that separate bill passes this session, and divert it to a fund designed to increase access for low-income children to prekindergarten classrooms in Tennessee. The bill is set to be heard March 6 in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

2. So Long, Free Footlongs: Subway to Shake Up Rewards Program -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.

The changes, taking place next month, are part of Subway's attempts to revamp its image, lure people back to its restaurants and fight falling sales. Sales at Subway's U.S. stores fell more than 4 percent in 2017 from the year before, according to food industry tracker Technomic, as it faced increasing competition from other sandwich chains and those selling burgers and fries. Loyalty programs are seen as a way to keep customers returning and spending more.

3. Walmart's Bruising Battle With Amazon Saps Its Q4 Results -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.

The world's largest retailer on Tuesday reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year. The results underscore the company's challenges in a fiercely competitive retail landscape.

4. Grocer Albertsons Eyes Rite Aid Deal in Health Care Push -

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.

Albertsons Companies executives said Tuesday that their purchase of Rite Aid's more than 2,500 remaining stores will help the combined company become a "leader in food, health and wellness."

5. Harris Proposes Bill to Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales -

State tax revenue from the Sunday sale of wine in stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low-income families.

State Senate Democratic Leader Lee Harris of Memphis announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he is sponsoring the bill, which would figure prominently in the local push for more prekindergarten classrooms in the city of Memphis.

6. Harris Proposes Bill To Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales Revenue -

State tax revenue from allowing the Sunday sale of wine in grocery stores and supermarkets and other stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low income families.

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he is sponsoring the bill, which would figure prominently in the local push for more prekindergarten classrooms in the city of Memphis.

7. Harris Proposes Bill To Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales Revenue -

State tax revenue from allowing the Sunday sale of wine in grocery stores and supermarkets and other stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low income families.

State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis announced Monday, Feb. 19, that he is sponsoring the bill, which would figure prominently in the local push for more prekindergarten classrooms in the city of Memphis.

8. At Home Sells Winchester Property for $10 Million -

A Phoenix, Arizona-based real estate investment trust has paid $10 million for the big-box space in Southeast Memphis’ Centennial Place shopping center leased to home furnishings retailer At Home.

9. 100 N. Main Owners Buy Additional Property -

80, 86, 88 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103: Less than a month after the 100 North Main Building was effectively reclaimed by the lender at a foreclosure auction, New York-based real estate firm Townhouse Management Co. affiliate THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC has purchased adjacent parcels.

10. More Companies Providing Some Parental Leave Pay -

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that employees with over a year of employment get 12 weeks unpaid time off from their jobs, and the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act allows certain female employees four months of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, care of a newborn and adoption.

11. Sears: Q4 Sales Drop But It Expects a Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. says sales dropped during the critical fourth quarter, but the ailing retailer expects to earn a profit, helped by a windfall from U.S. tax reform.

12. 23 Tennessee Stores Shut, Accused of Selling Marijuana Candy -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Local, state and federal authorities in Tennessee have padlocked 23 stores and indicted 21 people they accuse of selling candy and other products containing a form of marijuana.

13. At Home Sells Winchester Property for $10 Million -

A Phoenix, Arizona-based real estate investment trust has paid $10 million for the big-box space in Southeast Memphis’ Centennial Place shopping center leased to home furnishings retailer At Home.

14. Citing Fraud, LL Bean Imposes Limits on Its Return Policy -

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) – L.L. Bean's generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.

15. Tobacco Corner Closing Last Location -

The Tobacco Corner Ltd., which has been a mainstay at the corner of South Mendenhall Road and Poplar Avenue for more than 40 years, appears on track to close its doors in April.

That’s according to Jeff Abel, whose parents, Elliot and Sandra Abel, opened the first Tobacco Corner on the Highland Strip in 1969.

16. MATA Ending Bus Service To West Memphis -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is ending service to West Memphis, Arkansas, on March 31, citing a lack of funding.

MATA and the city of West Memphis announced Tuesday, Feb. 6, it would end the 77-West Memphis and 98-West Memphis Express routes, along with West Memphis MATAplus service.

17. Kale to Go: Amazon to Roll Out Delivery at Whole Foods -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods. The online retail giant plans to roll out two-hour delivery at the organic grocer this year to those who pay for Amazon's $99-a-year Prime membership. It is the company's biggest move since it bought the organic grocer last year.

18. CVS Health Eyes Data, Wage Boosts With $1.5B Tax Benefit -

CVS Health's fourth-quarter earnings nearly doubled, fueled by a $1.5 billion tax benefit that will help the drugstore chain expand its growing role in customer care.

The company said Thursday that it will use the break it gets from the recently completed federal tax overhaul to raise starting pay for its hourly workers and pare debt ahead of its planned, $69 billion acquisition of the insurer Aetna.

19. MATA Ending Bus Service To West Memphis -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is ending service to West Memphis, Arkansas, on March 31, citing a lack of funding.

MATA and the city of West Memphis announced Tuesday, Feb. 6, the 77-West Memphis and 98-West Memphis Express routes would end, along with West Memphis MATAplus service.

20. Dunkin' Donuts to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Foam cups at Dunkin' Donuts will soon be history, removing what the company estimates will be a billion of them each year from the waste stream.

Dunkin' said Wednesday that the polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020.

21. MATA To Terminate Bus Service to West Memphis -

Citing a lack of funding, The Memphis Area Transit Authority and the City of West Memphis will terminate bus service to West Memphis effective Saturday, March 31.

The West Memphis routes were most recently funded by Job Access Reverse Commute grants, which have not been allocated to West Memphis since 2012.

22. Tobacco Corner Closing Last Location -

The Tobacco Corner Ltd., which has been a mainstay at the corner of South Mendenhall Road and Poplar Avenue for more than 40 years, appears on track to close its doors in April.

That’s according to Jeff Abel, whose parents Elliot and Sandra Abel opened the first Tobacco Corner on the Highland Strip in 1969.

23. Last Word: Fred's Troubles, Indigo Comeback and Selling MCA -

During Monday’s record Wall Street drop, Memphis-based Fred’s was among those taking it on the chin. But the retailer’s stock was already taking a beating from more turmoil since it got cut-out of a purchase of Rite Aid stores by Walgreens in 2017. Fred’s third chief financial officer in seven months is getting a $100,000 hiring bonus.

24. Target Launching Same-Day Delivery in Memphis -

Shoppers in Memphis will be able to get same-day delivery on orders they make from Target starting Friday, Feb. 8, thanks to Target’s $550 million purchase last year of the Internet-based delivery service Shipt.

25. Pizza, Donuts and Pinnacle Planned For Midtown -

1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104: Two local restaurateurs are looking to carve out their own slice of the Crosstown Concourse with the opening of Elemento’s Neapolitan Pizza.

26. Memphis Toys R Us To Remain Open -

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

27. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

28. Memphis Toys R Us To Remain Open -

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

29. Resiliency Concept Goes Broader With Master Plan -

With three projects about to start moving dirt and $60 million in federal funding to do them, the concept of resiliency in Shelby County is moving, even though it’s in the shadows of other plans such as the Mid-South Greenprint and the development of the Wolf River Greenway.

30. DIY Pizza Craze -

For decades the “Big Three” – Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s – have dominated the pizza industry, but the fast-casual dining concept is changing that.

And one of the new players disrupting the industry is PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza restaurant with three locations in Memphis.

31. Memphis Toys R Us to Remain Open -

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to the Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. will now remain open.

32. Health Care Just the Latest Industry Amazon Seeks to Upend -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Amazon sets its sights on a new industry, corporate America shudders.

The latest example came Tuesday, when the online retailing giant said it is working with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create a company to offer affordable health care to their employees. Stocks of health insurers tumbled, erasing billions of dollars in shareholder value.

33. Target Fulfillment Center Closing, Vendor Laying Off 486 Memphis Workers -

A Target fulfillment center in southeast Memphis is closing in April, resulting in 486 layoffs.

Radial, a third-party logistics firm that manages the distribution center for Target Corp., has filed notice with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development that the permanent layoffs at its 5461 Davidson Road facility will start April 7 and continue through April 30.

34. Amazon, Buffett And JPMorgan Join Forces on Health Care -

Three of corporate America's heaviest hitters – Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase – sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care.

35. Target Fulfillment Center Closing, Vendor Laying Off 486 Memphis Workers -

A Target fulfillment center in southeast Memphis is closing in April, resulting in 486 layoffs.

Radial, a third-party logistics firm that manages the distribution center for Target Corp., has filed notice with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development that the permanent layoffs at its 5461 Davidson Road facility will start April 7 and continue through April 30. 

36. More Caffeine, Please: Keurig Is Buying Dr Pepper Snapple -

NEW YORK (AP) – Keurig is buying Dr Pepper Snapple Group, bringing together the make-at-home coffee brand with the company behind Dr Pepper soda, Mott's apple juice and Snapple iced tea.

37. New Name, Other Changes On Tap for Nikki’s Hot Products -

The popularity of Nikki Schroeder’s homegrown line of food and cooking products can be followed partly by tracking tweaks in the name of her product line, which is in the process of changing yet again.

38. The Week Ahead: Jan. 29-Feb. 4 -

Good morning, Memphis! Proceedings related to the city’s removal of Confederate statues from two parks get underway, just one of many events on a busy Monday. Check our rundown of all the happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

39. H&M to Open In Wolfchase Galleria -

Fashion retailer H&M is planning to open its third Memphis-area location in Wolfchase Galleria.

Hennes and Mauritz Inc. says the 22,000-square-foot store will open this fall and will offer ladies’, men’s and teen fashions, as well as separate store-within-a-store sections for accessories. The Wolfchase Galleria location also will carry the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 14-year-olds.

40. Toys R Us Closing Store in Memphis -

New Jersey-based Toys R Us will be closing 182 stores nationwide, including its 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. location in Memphis, as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 23.

41. Trader Joe’s, H&M, Mempops Announce New Locations -

2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138: It looks like the Memphis area is finally getting a Trader Joe's. A $750,000 building permit application that lists Trader Joe’s as a tenant has been filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

42. Last Word: Eureka Education, Confederate Monuments in Court and Dillon Brooks -

Supermarkets are hard. That is the tag line in every discussion about getting a supermarket or grocery store for a given part of town that doesn’t have one. And once a new supermarket goes up somewhere else, there is inevitably word that a competitor or two is going to build nearby. The discussion always includes the mandatory recitation of the 3 to 4 percent profit margin stores operate on, which even knowledgeable critics of the decisions about where to locate and not to locate stores acknowledge is accurate.

43. This week in Memphis History: Jan. 26-Feb. 1 -

1997: On the front page of The Daily News, Wolfchase Galleria, the city’s largest shopping mall, is about to open and “stores are scrambling to hire managers and clerks in a market that currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in years.” University of Memphis researcher David Ciscel says, “The impact will be similar to the impact that Tunica has had and is having on the Memphis economy," referring to the opening in the early 1990s of casinos in Tunica.

44. Mississippi Sues Over Mail-Order Shipments of Wine, Liquor -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials are suing four mail-order wine sellers, saying they illegally shipped wine and liquor into the state.

Attorney General Jim Hood and Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson announced the lawsuits Thursday, saying they were asking a judge to order the shippers to stop sending alcohol to Mississippians.

45. Toys R Us Closing Store in Memphis -

New Jersey-based Toys R Us will be closing 182 stores nationwide, including its 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. location in Memphis, as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 23.

46. Starbucks Gives Workers Raises, Stock Grants Due to Tax Law -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is giving its U.S. workers pay raises and stock grants this year, citing recent changes to the tax law.

All employees will soon be able to earn paid sick time off, and the company's parental leave benefits will include all non-birth parents. Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday that the changes affect about 150,000 full-time, part-time, hourly and salaried employees, most of whom work as baristas or shop managers. The new benefits apply to workers at more than 8,200 company-owned stores but not at the 5,700 licensed shops like those found inside supermarkets.

47. Memphis, By Design -

For local fashion designer Xavier Winston, getting out of Binghampton was always his motivation growing up, but today he proudly represents the community as a successful entrepreneur and evidence of what you can accomplish with dedication and hard work.

48. Toys R Us Closing Memphis Store -

New Jersey-based Toys R Us will be closing 180 stores nationwide including its 7676 Polo Ground Blvd. location in Memphis as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, according to court documents filed Tuesday, Jan. 23.

49. Apple Poised to Expand Into Speaker Market With HomePod -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod.

50. H&M to Open In Wolfchase Galleria -

Fashion retailer H&M is planning to open its third Memphis-area location in Wolfchase Galleria.

Hennes and Mauritz Inc. says the 22,000-square-foot store will open this fall and will offer ladies’, men’s and teen fashions, as well as separate store-within-a-store sections for accessories. The Wolfchase Galleria location also will carry the H&M Kids collection for newborns to 14-year-olds.

51. Pushing The Plan -

Before she signed on as Church Health’s medical director in 2015, Dr. Susan Nelson was a volunteer provider for the organization, helping bring health care to uninsured workers and businesses from musicians and landscapers to child care workers.

52. Amazon Opens Store With No Cashiers, Lines or Registers -

SEATTLE (AP) – No cashiers, no lines, no registers – this is how Amazon sees the future of in-store shopping.

The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept to the public Monday, selling milk, potato chips and other items typically found at a convenience store. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year.

53. Editorial: Kroger’s Bottom Line Isn’t Ours -

The decision by Kroger’s Delta Division to close stores in Southgate shopping center and on Lamar Avenue west of Airways next month is probably based on dollars and cents – millions of dollars in losses at each store.

54. Walmart Offers Way to Turn Leftover Opioids Into Useless Gel -

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.

The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies.

55. Medical Credit Cards Can Mean Aches and Pains for Patients -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Few people look forward to a trip to the doctor or dentist, especially if they're not sure how they will pay for it.

Some choose to use a special kind of credit card offered by medical professionals to pay for care at certain locations or networks. Often pitched by office assistants, they can seem like a quick fix for pricey procedures not covered by insurance including dental work, cosmetic surgery or laser vision correction.

56. Despite Merry Holidays, Retailers Face Challenges in 2018 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy.

57. Supreme Court to Hear Sales Tax Collection Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually.

58. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases -

Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.

59. Walmart Boosts Starting Pay, Closing Dozens of Sam's Clubs -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores across the country – a move that seems sure to cost jobs – on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.

60. Exit Strategy -

When Kroger’s Delta Division announced last week it would shutter its stores at 1977 S. Third St. in the Southgate shopping center and 2267 Lamar Ave. near Airways Boulevard, there was already a considerable history of what might follow the Feb. 2 closing.

61. Diet Coke Gets New Look, New Flavors Amid Sinking Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Diet Coke is getting a makeover to try to invigorate the sugar-free soda's slumping sales.

Coca-Cola Co. said Wednesday it's adding a slimmer 12-ounce Diet Coke can, updating the logo and offering the 35-year-old drink in four new flavors, including mango and ginger lime. The taste of the plain Diet Coke will stay the same, the Atlanta-based company said.

62. Sears Raises $100M in New Financing, Eyes $200M in Cost Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears has secured more financing, and is eying more cost cutting, as the beleaguered retailer reported a big sales drop during the critical holiday season.

The company, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, said Wednesday that it secured $100 million in new financing, will seek twice that from other sources, and will attempt $200 million in additional cost cuts this year unrelated to store closings. It also warned that if the company's efforts to complete these transactions are not fully successful, then the board will consider all other options to maximize the value of its assets.

63. Last Word: Soccer Returns, Confederate Reprisals and Megasite Politics -

So much going on off the field and on parts of the field in Atlanta Monday evening as Alabama beat Georgia – a clothesline, a punch thrown on the field and an attempt to throw another punch on the sidelines at an Alabama coach and all of that from a single Alabama player. So a lot of speculation after the College Football Playoff National Championship about how that will be resolved. Alabama over Georgia 26-23 in overtime.

64. Retail Workers Feel Disruption From Shifting Shopper Habits -

NEW YORK (AP) – With new options and conveniences, there's never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers ... well, not always.

The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology, and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than 16 million American shelf stockers, salespeople, cashiers and others. The shifts are driven, like much in retail, by the Amazon effect – the explosion of online shopping and the related changes in consumer behavior and preferences.

65. City Council to Consider Ideas to Mitigate Kroger Closures -

Memphis City Council members will talk Tuesday, Jan. 9, about the decision of Kroger’s Delta Division to close two of its Memphis stores in 3 1/2 weeks.

The sudden announcement could create food deserts in those areas of the city and make it difficult of recruit replacement stores.

66. US Employers Add Modest 148,000 Jobs; Unemployment 4.1 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.

The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday.

67. Last Word: Saturday In The Parks, The Citizen and Kroger Backlash -

No protest or march permits applied for at City Hall as of Thursday morning in anticipation of a Saturday Confederate monuments protest, according to city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen at Thursday’s taping of “Behind The Headlines.” Our discussion included lots about the city’s move toward taking down the monuments Dec. 20 and what could happen next. Also, McMullen tells us there were some other nonprofits that talked with the city about Health Sciences and Memphis Parks before Memphis Greenspace. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO TV.

68. Kroger to Close 3 Memphis-Area Stores -

Kroger is adding to and shrinking its presence in the Memphis area.

Kroger is closing three area stores – two in Memphis, at 1977 S. Third St. and 2269 Lamar Ave., and one in Clarksdale, Mississippi, at 870 S. State St. – on Feb. 3.

69. Kroger Will Close 3 Stores In Memphis Area Losing Money -

Kroger is adding to and shrinking its presence in the Memphis area.

Kroger is closing three area stores – two in Memphis, at 1977 S. Third St. and 2269 Lamar Ave., and one in Clarksdale, Mississippi, at 870 S. State St. – on Feb. 3.

70. Last Word: The Stay Away Plan, Kroger and the Lamar Gateway and Silo Square -

City Hall says ignore and avoid the two parks that used to have Confederate monuments and the Tennessee Welcome Center Saturday. All could be the scene of gatherings Saturday by groups opposed to the removal of the monuments including white nationalist groups. If this sounds familiar it’s because this was the city’s strategy in 1998 when a Klan group from Indiana rallied on the courthouse steps and there was a marked departure from that in 2013 when another Klan group – also from Indiana also rallied at the courthouse – different set of steps though. More on the history behind all of this when next we meet.

71. Factor in Safety Before Choosing a New Dresser or TV -

NEW YORK (AP) – Thinking about getting a new flat-screen TV for the holidays, or a dresser for the baby's room? Factor safety into your choice.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns TVs and furniture like dressers and chests pose tip-over risks if they are not properly anchored to walls. This is especially true in households with young children, who can be tempted to climb on anything. But plenty of adults get injured, too.

72. What to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2018 -

In 2018, you may resolve to save more, spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.

73. Smart Homes: Not Just for Tech Geeks Anymore -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet-connected lights, locks and laundry machines are close to becoming everyday household items, thanks in part to voice-activated speakers such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home.

74. Start With Feeling -

People ask me often about innovation. No one has a clear definition. Innovation is one of those words that mean something different to anyone who hears it. Similar to other words that are filled with misunderstanding, such as creativity or strategy, innovation requires a refining conversation to demystify and better understand. 

75. Tire Dealer Cooperative Expands to Memphis -

Portland, Oregon-based Point S USA, a member-owned cooperative of independent tire dealers, is expanding operations to Tennessee with a distribution partnership in Memphis.

The partnership will create Point S USA’s fourth distribution center, a 120,000-square-foot facility for tire warehousing.

76. Tire Dealer Cooperative Expands to Memphis -

Portland, Oregon-based Point S USA, a member-owned cooperative of independent tire dealers, is expanding operations to Tennessee with a distribution partnership in Memphis.

The partnership will create Point S USA’s fourth distribution center, a 120,000-square-foot facility for tire warehousing.

77. Small Retailers Capitalized on Strengths for Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent retailers who've had a successful holiday season say they took advantage of the fact that there are strengths in not being huge.

Store owners report they were able to change pricing and other strategies quickly. Many offered customers more personal service and a warmer atmosphere. And they said they used social media tools designed for smaller companies, including inexpensive ads on Facebook.

78. Mississippi Lawmakers Could Debate Creation of a Lottery -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi residents for years have been crossing into Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy lottery tickets.

In 2018, lawmakers could debate whether Mississippi will join the large majority of states that offer games of chance.

79. Counterfeit Products Harm Consumers and Businesses -

Fingerlings were hot toys this past holiday season. They’re interactive monkey finger puppets that sold out quickly at some stores. Desperate parents searching for them online were relieved to find the toys for sale on well-known and other seemingly legitimate websites.

80. Viral Tweet Raises Nearly $185,000 for St. Jude -

A Washington State University student’s viral tweet has resulted in raising nearly $185,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The spontaneous fundraising campaign began Nov. 25 when Washington State sophomore Danni Messina tweeted to her 1,617 followers that she would donate 50 cents to St. Jude for each retweet and a quarter every time someone favorited the tweet.

81. Analysis: AutoZone May Be Set Up for Stronger 2018 -

Analysts who cover the stock of AutoZone Inc. are split into two sizable camps at the moment. Some 44 percent think the stock is worth rating a “buy,” while more than 50 percent think investors that already own shares should hold on to them and do nothing for now.

82. Viral Tweet Raises Nearly $185,000 for St. Jude -

A Washington State University student’s viral tweet has resulted in raising nearly $185,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The spontaneous fundraising campaign began Nov. 25 when Washington State sophomore Danni Messina tweeted to her 1,617 followers that she would donate 50 cents to St. Jude for each retweet and a quarter every time someone favorited the tweet.

83. AutoZone Executive Announces Retirement -

A key AutoZone executive is retiring.

Jim Griffith, AutoZone’s senior vice president for store operations, customer satisfaction, will retire from the Memphis-based auto parts retailer early next year. He joined AutoZone in 1987 as a part-timer and has held several positions in store operations, including store manager, district manager, regional manager and vice president of stores.

84. China's Huawei to Expand in US Smartphone Market Next Year -

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese smartphone brand Huawei will start sales through U.S. carriers next year, a Huawei executive said Monday, stepping up the No. 3 global handset seller's presence in the home market of rival Apple Inc.

85. Calendar Quirk, Amazon Put Pressure on Retailers to Deliver -

NEW YORK (AP) – A calendar quirk this year and Amazon's seven-days-a-week delivery capability are building pressure on retailers to deliver.

With Christmas on a Monday, most retailers have one less day to get packages delivered on time. Some are pushing up their deadlines for standard delivery or free shipping. And after promoting the convenience of buying online with store pickup, retailers are also trying to satisfy lots of customers coming in to collect their orders.

86. Possible Trader Joe’s Update, New $35M Airport Facility -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a new development in the saga of Germantown’s Trader Joe’s, Memphis International Airport begins work on a new $35 million facility, and Central BBQ announces a new a location...

87. Fred’s Ends 2017 Where it Began: Amid a Turnaround, Looking for Growth -

You wouldn’t know it from walking into a Fred’s store like the one at 5016 Summer Ave., with the big sign above it outside that says Fred’s in red letters on a white background accompanied by signs announcing “Low Price Leader” and “Pharmacy” on either side.

88. Central BBQ to Open 4th Memphis Restaurant -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

89. Central BBQ to Open Fourth Memphis Store on Poplar -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, it will open its fourth Memphis-area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

90. Central BBQ to Open Fourth Store on Poplar -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

91. Target Aims to Boost Same-Day Delivery by Acquiring Shipt -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

Shipt, which charges members $99 a year, sends people out to choose and deliver groceries from stores. Target said Wednesday that it will add more products to the service next year, such as home goods and electronics. Target shoppers will have to make orders through Shipt's app or website and pay the annual fee to get same-day delivery. There are plans to incorporate Shipt into Target's app and website, but the companies did not say when that would happen.

92. Creating Global Champions With Innovation -

A 2017 Back End of Innovation talk by Santhi Ramesh, global director, innovation, commercialization & futures, The Hershey Co.

“Global expansion strategy is key to most established companies,” begins the presentation. Hershey has a 70 percent market penetration in the United States, but only 30 percent globally. 

93. Net Neutrality Fans Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.

This week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

94. December 8-14, 2017: This week in Memphis history: -

1978: The Democratic National Committee meets for a midterm convention in Memphis. The centerpiece of the gathering is a call by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy for health care reform that will become the major goal for the rest of his political career. The midterm convention brings President Jimmy Carter to the city. Kennedy and Carter will face each other two years later in a bitter fight for the party’s presidential nomination.

95. Food Fancy -

Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.

96. Dollar General Tops Street Q3 Forecasts -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After a slow start to the year, Dollar General bounced back in the third quarter thanks to stronger sales that pushed revenue and earnings ahead of projections.

97. UnitedHealth Ventures Deeper Into Care With Nearly $5B Deal -

The nation's biggest health insurer is spending nearly $5 billion to buy hundreds of clinics, just three days after rival Aetna announced a bigger tie up with CVS Health Corp.

98. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will stage Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” Thursday, Dec. 7, through Dec. 17 at Dixon Gallery & Gardens’ Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org for showtimes and tickets.

99. Fred’s Reports $51.8M Loss, Cancels Dividend -

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. accompanied the release of its fiscal third quarter earnings performance Wednesday, Dec. 6 – which included reporting a loss of $51.8 million for the quarter – with separate, related news that shows the company’s turnaround remains a difficult work in progress.

100. Events -

The 16th annual Toy Truck toy drive for Porter-Leath will be open Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 6-8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave., and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave. The drive collects new, unwrapped toys that promote early childhood learning (dolls, puzzles, balls, blocks, etc.) and cash, check and credit card donations to benefit children 6 weeks to 5 years old served by Porter-Leath’s preschool program. Visit porterleath.org.