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1. City Master Plan Development Aims To Reverse Random Development -

Not too far past a new generation of civic plans is the filter of reality – what is possible by a business bottom line.

At the outset of the still-forming Memphis 3.0 master development plan, the reality without a plan is striking.

2. Fred’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has appointed Jason Jenne as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

Fred’s announced Wednesday, July 19, that Jenne will succeed Rick Hans, who the company says is leaving “to pursue other opportunities.” Hans will remain in an advisory role until Aug. 18, working with Jenne to ensure a smooth transition.

3. FreezeFalling … Ole Miss Coach Exits in Disgrace -

A week before Hugh Freeze resigned his position, he stood at the podium at SEC Media Days, Ole Miss pin on his suit lapel, and delivered his last Sermon on the Mount.

4. July 21-27, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

2003: Hurricane Elvis, a storm featuring straight line winds that damages more than 300,000 homes and cuts power to 750,000 households in Memphis. Seven people die as a direct or indirect result of the storm, and property damage is estimated at more than $500 million. Approximately 1,000 utility poles are snapped in the storm that clocks a top wind speed of 102 mph Downtown. Three-fourths of the traffic signals in Shelby County are out or malfunctioning and the Northwest Airlines hub at Memphis International Airport closes.

5. Venezuela Strike Erupts Into Sporadic Violence -

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster.

6. Alexa, Turn Up My Kenmore AC; Sears Cuts a Deal with Amazon -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

7. Made-In-USA Goods Can Be Pricey and Elusive. Just Ask Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's push this week to get Americans to buy goods "made in America" is harder than it might seem.

Even for Trump.

The gold-plated pens the president uses to sign laws are assembled in Rhode Island but lacquered and engraved in China. The Boeing jet he posed with to showcase America's industrial might is 30 percent foreign-made. The firetruck the administration parked at the White House this week to promote U.S.-made goods gets about 10 percent of its parts from abroad.

8. Fred’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has appointed Jason Jenne as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

Fred’s announced Wednesday, July 19, that Jenne will succeed Rick Hans, who the company says is leaving “to pursue other opportunities.” Hans will remain in an advisory role until Aug. 18, working with Jenne to ensure a smooth transition.

9. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

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

10. AutoZone’s Engine Starting to Stall -

AutoZone’s stock price is pointed in the opposite direction it’s been accustomed to for years now. Shares of the Memphis-based auto parts retailer are down more than 30 percent since the end of January. Needless to say, that’s an unusual place for the company, which continues to open new stores at a steady clip.

11. Ulta Beauty Files Permit For East Memphis Store -

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

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

12. Subway Looking to Update Stores' Not-So-Fresh Look -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway wants to freshen up the look of its stores as it tries to stem a sales decline.

The sandwich chain says the redesign – which includes a brighter atmosphere, displays of vegetables behind the counter and ordering tablets – is the first major revamp since the early 2000s. The changes will take place as stores around the country are remodeled and new ones are built.

13. Last Word: Rumors, The Return of Tyreke Evans and Broadband in Millington -

There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

14. Struggling Department Store Chain Sears Closing More Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Struggling department store chain Sears says it's closing even more stores as it tries to turn around its business.

Sears Holdings Corp. CEO Eddie Lampert said in a blog post Friday that the company would close another eight Sears and 35 Kmart stores that are unprofitable by early October. No Memphis-area Sears stores were included on the list; the closest Kmart that will be closed is in Jackson, Tennessee.

15. Sprouts’ East Memphis Store to Open July 12 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is set to open its fifth Tennessee store July 12 at 576 S. Perkins Road in East Memphis.

16. MATA Eyes Greener Future, Prepares For Upcoming Service Changes -

Despite being hampered by a tight budget, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is making strides to be more green and environmentally sensitive, including participating in National Dump the Pump Day in June and offering reduced fares on “Ozone Days” throughout the year, as well as recently collaborating with the EPA to install air pollution-monitoring stations.

17. Hobby Lobby Fined $3M for Smuggling Iraq Religious Artifacts -

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled for import, federal prosecutors said.

18. Not Ours, Not Theirs -

Not the apple of the apple's eye. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about 8 feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was done.

19. Sprouts’ East Memphis Store to Open July 12 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is set to open its fifth Tennessee store July 12 at 576 S. Perkins Road in East Memphis.

20. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

21. Fred’s, Nielsen Expand Data Analytics Relationship -

Memphis-based Fred’s Pharmacy and Nielsen announced Monday, June 26, they have expanded their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services.

Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s Pharmacy, covering metrics for all 601 fred’s stores in 15 states across the southeastern U.S., as well as future stores within the health and wellness marketplace.

22. Fred’s OKs Short-Term Shareholder Rights Plan -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc., also called Fred’s Pharmacy now, announced Wednesday, June 28, that its board of directors has adopted a short-term shareholder rights plan that will expire on Sept. 25.

23. Analyst: Fred’s Not Seen as Viable Buyer of Rite Aid Stores -

Nick Mitchell, managing director and research analyst with Northcoast Research, didn’t have to do much work or analysis in the wake of news that Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has been cut out of a deal between Walgreens and Rite Aid.

24. Last Word: No Deal, Ivan Rabb and Intermodals in Overton Park -

And the winner is … not Fred’s. After months of speculation about the Memphis-based discount retail store’s transformation into a pharmacy-based enterprise with the purchase of hundreds of Rite Aid stores in a third-party divestment move, Fred’s was nowhere to be found when Walgreens announced a deal Thursday to buy the Rite Aid stores. The corporation told investors it will still pursue its strategy but acknowledged its trajectory is “stunted” – that as Fred’s got hammered on Wall Street.

25. Fred’s Cut Out of New Walgreens, Rite Aid Deal -

Walgreens Boots Alliance has struck a new deal with Rite Aid to buy 2,186 of the chain’s stores for $5.18 billion, an agreement that replaces the two rivals’ planned merger. It also nixes the component of the merger involving Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. buying hundreds of Rite Aid stores to help the now-defunct merger pass regulatory muster.

26. Fred’s Approves Short-Term Shareholder Rights Plan -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc., also called Fred’s Pharmacy now, announced Wednesday, June 28, that its board of directors has adopted a short-term shareholder rights plan that will expire on Sept. 25.

27. Individual Giving Fuels Memphis, National Philanthropic Economy -

Americans give. So do Memphians. The “Giving USA 2017” report showed that in 2016 Americans gave $390.1 billion.

And while Memphis hasn’t had a separate report prepared since 2008 for 2007, it indicated that 83 percent of Memphis households gave to charities. By contrast, the 2017 Giving USA Report showed that 59 percent of the American population gave to charitable causes.

28. Fred’s, Nielsen Expand Data Analytics Relationship -

Memphis-based Fred’s Pharmacy and Nielsen announced Monday, June 26, they have expanded their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services.

Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s Pharmacy, covering metrics for all 601 fred’s stores in 15 states across the southeastern U.S., as well as future stores within the health and wellness marketplace.

29. Sears Closes Another 20 Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

Real estate investment trust Seritage, which owns the 20 real estate properties, confirmed the closings— 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores — in a government filing Friday.

30. UAW Says Supreme Court Action Bolsters Volkswagen Case -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union says its case to represent skilled-trades workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee is bolstered by the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up a challenge of a similar labor arrangement for fragrance and cosmetics sales staffers at Macy's department stores.

31. Amazon Aiming to Be the Dressing Room in Your House -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is hoping to claim more territory once held by department stores, essentially placing a dressing room in your house.

The company, which has been making a big push into selling clothes, is testing a new service that lets members of its Prime program try on styles before they put items on their charge card – at no upfront fee. Customers have seven days to decide what they like, and then pay only for what they keep. Shipments arrive in a re-sealable box with a pre-paid label for returns.

32. Walmart to Acquire Online Men's Clothing Retailer Bonobos -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is buying online men's clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash, showing that its appetite for hip clothing brands shows no sign of abating as it looks for ways to gain on Amazon.

33. Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Could Bring Retail Experiments -

NEW YORK (AP) – Online retail giant Amazon is making a bold expansion into physical stores with a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods, setting the stage for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize how people buy groceries and everything else.

34. Kresge Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants -

The Kresge Foundation has announced that 10 local organizations will receive a total of $1.3 million in grant support to boost opportunity for Memphis residents.

The grants range in size from $25,000 to $150,000 per year and are expected to provide support over 12-24 months.

35. Arlington Neighborhood Thriving Despite Investor Activity -

The Village of Summer Meadows subdivision located off Milton Wilson Drive just north of Interstate 40, behind Arlington High School, is a hot spot for local investors and national hedge funds.

36. Kresge Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants -

The Kresge Foundation has announced that 10 local organizations will receive a total of $1.3 million in grant support to boost opportunity for Memphis residents.

The grants range in size from $25,000 to $150,000 per year and are expected to provide support over 12-24 months.

37. Sale on Milk and Eggs: Kroger Cuts Outlook Amid Price Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Intense competition among grocers is forcing Kroger to slash prices on popular items like milk and eggs – staples that help sway where shoppers go.

The company, which operates Fred Meyer, Ralphs and Fry's, on Thursday reported its second straight quarter of declining sales at established locations after more than seven years of uninterrupted growth. It also cut its profit outlook for the year, citing the moves it's making to adapt to the "upheaval" in food retailing and to keep prices competitive.

38. Nike to Slash 1,400 Jobs, Cut Sneaker Styles in Shakeup -

NEW YORK (AP) – Nike wants to be more nimble on its feet.

The sneaker maker said Thursday that it plans to sell more shoes directly to customers online as part of a restructuring in which it also will cut about 1,400 jobs. It is reducing the number of sneaker and clothing styles it makes by a quarter to focus on hot sellers.

39. US Retail Sales Slide 0.3 Percent, Biggest Drop in 16 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans cut spending at gasoline stations, department stores and electronics shops in May as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy.

40. Tyson Recalls Nearly 2.5M Pounds of Chicken Products -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kilograms) of ready-to-eat breaded chicken due to an unlabeled allergen.

The company, based in Springdale, Arkansas, says the recall was made after it was notified June 6 by a supplier that the bread crumbs Tyson received could contain milk.

41. Mississippi Revoking Licenses of All American Check Cashing -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A new settlement says the state of Mississippi will revoke all the licenses of a company called All American Check Cashing Inc.

42. Nordstrom Family Considering Buyout of Department Store -

NEW YORK (AP) – Members of the Nordstrom family including co-presidents Blake, Peter and Erik Nordstrom are considering making an offer to buy out the 70 percent of the department store's stock they don't already own.

43. 901 Comics Celebrating Its First Anniversary -

Shannon Merritt and Jaime Wright were a little concerned. They’d just sunk $10,000 into a dream, opening their own comic book store, and they had no real idea if customers would follow. They couldn’t be sure they would survive with a printed product in an ever-increasing digital world.

44. Last Word: Grade Tampering, The Tom Lee Storm and Fred's Strategy -

There are indications that allegations of grade-tampering at Shelby County Schools are not going to recede as rapidly as they did late last year when the allegations first came up. The first indication was word late last week that the state department of education will audit the grade transcripts of all SCS high schools. But there are still some fuzzy points in that about whether that is a new move or whether it is something that has been underway since last year.

45. Fred’s Reports Q1 Loss, Says Changes are Working -

During many of its recent quarterly earnings presentations, Memphis-based discount retailer and drugstore company Fred’s Inc. essentially had to ask analysts and investors to be patient – to stick with the company through a turnaround in which the only good news to report seemed to be the kind that was coming but not here yet.

46. Last Word: The Jazz Cornerstone, Council Day and 100 Items at Brooks -

In Elmwood Cemetery Tuesday morning, a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Jimmie Lunceford, the Memphis jazz giant who formed and taught the Manassas High School band known as the Chickasaw Syncopators who went professional in the jazz age of the 1920s and played The Cotton Club during the Harlem renaissance. Lunceford was the cornerstone of Memphis jazz and Manassas was its bedrock. And the story of his high school students going professional is but an early chapter in a much longer narrative of gifted musicians and artists at times literally walking out of a graduation ceremony and onto a tour bus.

47. Great Clips Eyeing Dozens Of Stores In Memphis Area -

Since 1982 Great Clips has opened up more than 4,000 salons across the U.S. and Canada and now has its sights on the Memphis market.

“With more than a million people living in the greater Memphis market, this is very similar to some of the other 180-plus markets where we cut hair,” Great Clips Chief Operating Officer Rob Goggins said. “Since we have a strong presence in nearby markets, it was an obvious choice to continue our expansion into the Memphis market.”

48. Walmart Touts Investment in People, Technology as Advantages -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Walmart CEO Doug McMillon touted the company's investments in people and technology, but also said the company may have reached an employment peak and urged employees not to be afraid of automation.

49. Fred’s Reports May Sales Slipped By 3.1 Percent -

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. reported lower monthly sales for May compared to a year ago, citing the closing of 39 underperforming stores in the first quarter for the results.

50. Walmart Testing Store Employee Delivery of US Online Orders -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – In its latest effort to compete with online giant Amazon, Walmart is testing a delivery service using its own store employees, who will deliver packages ordered online while driving home from their regular work shifts.

51. Fred’s Reports May Sales Slipped By 3.1 Percent -

Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. reported lower monthly sales for May compared to a year ago, citing the closing of 39 underperforming stores in the first quarter for the results.

52. Wal-Mart Works to Close Gap Between Itself and Amazon -

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room.

Wal-Mart's acquisition of Jet.com and brands that appeal to younger shoppers have given it an e-commerce boost as it works to close the gap between itself and the online leader. The world's largest retailer is betting on essentials like cereal and diapers, and has adjusted its shipping strategy to better compete with Amazon's Prime program.

53. Lit Supply Opens Fourth Location -

Lit Supply is opening its fourth Memphis location to better serve the community, the company announced Tuesday, May 23.

The new Lit Jr. is located at 3292 Austin Peay Highway. Lit stores, known for restaurant and kitchen supplies, has expanded to include a food division. All Lit stores are open to the public without a membership fee.

54. May 26-June 1, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1956: Carl Perkins at the Overton Park Shell with a surprise visit by Elvis Presley. Just five months earlier, Sun Records had released Perkins’ biggest hit, “Blue Suede Shoes.” And Presley had left Sun late in 1955 for RCA.
On his way to New York City in March for an appearance on NBC’s nationally televised “Perry Como Show,” Perkins and his band were in a car crash in Delaware that killed the driver of other car; left Perkins’ brother Jay with critical injuries from which he would never recover; and seriously injured Perkins himself, who was unconscious for a day. Perkins and his band were back on the road less than a month later and recording a string of hits at Sun when he wasn’t booked.

55. Retailers Cheer GOP Retreat on Ending Debit Card Fees Limit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card.

56. Sears Revenue Continues Decline Amid Tough Landscape -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed to make additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business.

The company's operating loss widened to $222 million, or $2.15 per share, on weak sales. Sears Holdings has been closing stores and selling brands long affiliated with Sears, including Craftsman. A year ago the company reported a loss of $181 million.

57. How Food Stamp Cuts Could Ripple Through the Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as people shuffle their budgets.

58. Lit Supply Opens Fourth Location -

Lit Supply is opening its fourth Memphis location to better serve the community, the company announced Tuesday, May 23.

The new Lit Jr. is located at 3292 Austin Peay Highway. Lit stores, known for restaurant and kitchen supplies, has expanded to include a food division. All Lit stores are open to the public without a membership fee.

59. Wal-Mart Expands Military Leave-of-Absence Policy -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Tuesday that it's expanding its military leave-of-absence policy by offering differential pay to all eligible employees who are on military assignments lasting more than three days.

60. AutoZone Downgraded After Disappointing Q3 -

Analysts downgraded shares of auto parts retail giant AutoZone on Tuesday, May 23, after the company reported a second straight quarter of weaker earnings and sales for its fiscal third quarter.

Raymond James Financial Inc. lowered its rating on AutoZone’s stock from “strong buy” – which it attached to AutoZone back in September 2007 – to “market perform.”

61. Eyewear Retailer SEE Opens at Saddle Creek -

National eyewear retailer SEE is opening its first Germantown location at the Shops of Saddle Creek at 7535 Poplar Ave.

62. Wal-Mart Sees Online Sales Surge, More Shoppers at Stores -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart saw online sales surge as it changed up its shipping offers, and drew more shoppers to its stores as well in the most recent quarter even as retail overall is more competitive.

63. Last Word: Food Changes, Tax Breaks and 'The Big Bang' -

Late hours in Washington for another night Wednesday with word of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here is all of the reaction we had as of late Wednesday from our folks in D.C.

64. Fresh Market Updates Memphis-Area Stores -

The Fresh Market has unveiled a new look and shopping experience at its Memphis-area stores, part of changes the brand is rolling out company-wide through 2018.

The Memphis stores were part of the early rollout, which has already seen updates to Fresh Market stores in the company’s home state of North Carolina, as well as in Boca Raton, Florida, and Columbia, South Carolina. In general, the changes include a new look inside and expanded product offerings – at the company’s store at 2145 Union Ave., for example, a baby section greets customers for the first time.

65. Eyewear Retailer SEE Opens at Saddle Creek -

National eyewear retailer SEE is opening its first Germantown location at the Shops of Saddle Creek at 7535 Poplar Ave.

66. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

67. Outdoors Inc. Opens Downtown Pop-Up Store -

Outdoors Inc. is trying something new for its sixth retail location, which opened its doors earlier this month at 100 Peabody Place Downtown.

68. Losses at JC Penney Double, Sales Slide, As Do Shares -

PLANO, Texas (AP) – Losses at J.C Penney doubled in the first quarter and sales at established stores fell again, capping a terrible week for retailers.

Though the loss at first did not appear as bad as many industry analysts had expected, many soured on even that after a closer look.

69. Memphis Retail Market ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Through First Quarter -

Despite some notable big-box bankruptcies, positive growth is still in the forecast for the rest of 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ first quarter Retail Marketbeat Report.

70. Clark Tower Wraps Up $8 Million Renovation -

Commercial real estate firm Colliers International has announced the owner of Clark Tower, In-Rel Properties, has finished an $8 million renovation of the iconic East Memphis office building. Details on that and other top deals in this week's Real Estate Recap...

71. In The Bag: Coach Buying Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coach will spend $2.4 billion for Kate Spade, tying together two premier brands in the luxury goods sector that have fought to snare younger shoppers.

Noting that crucial demographic, Coach Inc. CEO Victor Luis said in a statement Monday that Kate Spade has a "strong awareness among consumers, especially millennials." Coach executives say that 60 percent of Kate Spade customers are in that group.

72. US Jobs Data Show Some Scars From Recession Finally Healing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of hiring in April provided reassurance for the U.S. economy after a slow start to the year: Job growth returned to a healthy pace. Unemployment hit a decade low. And the number of part-time workers who want full-time jobs reached its lowest point in nine years.

73. Sprouts Opening East Memphis Store July 12 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is close to finishing construction on its new East Memphis location on South Perkins Road and is looking to hire more than 100 full- and part-time positions before the store’s scheduled opening July 12.

74. Sprouts Opens in East Memphis July 12, Looks to Hire More Than 100 -

Sprouts Farmers Market is close to finishing construction on its new East Memphis location on South Perkins Road and is looking to hire more than 100 full- and part-time positions before the store’s scheduled opening July 12.

75. Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates Reading, Small Businesses -

It probably won’t escape many local participants and supporters of Independent Bookstore Day this weekend that the day is as much about the survival of the medium as it is a celebration of it.

76. Last Word: Election Day, Game 6 and School Vouchers Get Rolled -

Intermission in the NBA playoffs as tipoff of Game 6 approaches Thursday evening at the Forum. Look at all of the clouds as the lights dimming and letting you know it’s time to take your seats for the show that is reigniting the local passion for basketball.

77. Activist Investor Gets 2 Fred’s Board Seats -

The yellow sign near the corner of Summer Avenue and White Station reads: Fred’s Pharmacy. It’s a physical representation of the Memphis-based discount retailer repositioning itself away from its retail legacy and doubling down on its health care-related and pharmacy offerings.

78. McDonald's US Sales Climb, Customer Traffic Still a Focus -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's says new Big Mac sizes helped boost a key sales figure in the U.S., but that it is still working on trying to attract more customers to its stores.

The world's biggest burger chain said Tuesday that global sales rose 4 percent at established locations in the first three months of the year. That included a 1.7 percent increase in its flagship U.S. market, where the fast-food chain has suffered four straight years of declining customer visits.

79. RegionSmart Summit Seeks to Increase Economic Vitality in the Mid-South -

More than 300 community leaders and officials will be on hand for the second annual RegionSmart Summit, which will be held Thursday, April 27, at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.