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1. Sephora Among New Tenants Headed to Saddle Creek -

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

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

2. AutoZone Third-Quarter Results Miss Expectations -

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

3. Memphis Fashion Incubator Looking for Permanent Space -

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

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

4. HomePlus Store to Open In Southaven This Week -

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

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

5. Sports Authority is Shuttering All Stores Amid Bankruptcy -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Kroger Delta Division Hiring Nearly 500 -

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

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

9. Local Rite Aid Pharmacies Offering New Vaccines -

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

10. Station to Station -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Kroger Delta Division Hiring Nearly 500 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Local Rite Aid Pharmacies Offering New Vaccines -

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

18. Graceland Welcomes 20 Millionth Visitor -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22. South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor -

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

23. Graceland Welcomes 20 Millionth Visitor -

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

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

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

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

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

25. Absolute Storage Management Reports Q1 Growth -

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

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

26. McDonald's Tests McNuggets Without Artificial Additives -

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

27. Absolute Storage Mgmt. Reports Q1 Growth -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32. 5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders -

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

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

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

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

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

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

35. Omni Charter School Buys Permanent Home -

3385 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $1.3 million

Sale Date: Feb. 26, 2016

36. Wolfchase Adds Three Tenants -

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

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

37. Young Cherishes Role of Rebuilding Memphis Neighborhoods -

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

38. Moving Dirt -

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

39. Fashion Week Organizers Launching Business Incubator -

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

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

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

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

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

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

42. The Week Ahead: April 4-10 -

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

43. 'Fight for 15' Campaign to Target McDonald's Stores April 14 -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's customers stopping in for a Big Mac on the eve of Tax Day may be greeted by demonstrators calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.

Labor organizers say they're planning another day of strikes and protests exclusively targeting McDonald's stores in dozens of cities on April 14, following similar demonstrations outside a variety of fast-food restaurants a year ago.

44. Bill to Cap Liquor Store Ownership Headed to Haslam's Desk -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House passed a bill Monday to impose a cap on liquor store ownership in Tennessee, sending the measure that some Republicans derided as contrary to free market principles to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

45. The Week Ahead: March 28-April 3 -

Alright, Memphis, are you sure you found all your Easter eggs? Before you make one more sweep of the yard, check out this week’s roundup of local happenings – from the sweet sounds of “Zelda” to what’s being dubbed a “Mini-MEMFix” in East Memphis…

46. Fred’s Set for Rebound in 2016 -

Twenty-four years ago this month, Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. went public.Today, for a variety of reasons that include Fred’s ongoing shot at a turnaround, the company finds itself in a period of unprecedented change.

47. Memphis Retailer Oak HallExpands Into Nashville -

Memphis-based family-owned retail clothier Oak Hall has opened the first phase of its expansion to Nashville in the Green Hills’ Hill Center development.

The business’ 2,000-square-foot space features men’s clothing, furnishings, sportswear and women’s ready-to-wear collections. In the fall of 2017, Oak Hall will start construction on the next phase, expanding the store to 10,000 square feet.

48. Memphis Retailer Oak Hall Expands Into Nashville -

Memphis-based family-owned retail clothier Oak Hall has opened the first phase of its expansion to Nashville in the Green Hills’ Hill Center development.

The business’ 2,000-square-foot space features men’s clothing, furnishings, sportswear and women’s ready-to-wear collections. In the fall of 2017, Oak Hall will start construction on the next phase, expanding the store to 10,000 square feet.

49. Wolfchase Adds White Barn Inside Bath & Body Works -

Bath & Body Works is moving to a new home at Wolfchase Galleria and bringing on White Barn as a sister tenant.

This will be the first Mid-South location for White Barn, a candle company.

50. Five to Watch -

“You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality?

51. Americans Pony Up Record $60B Keeping Pets Healthy, Happy -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Americans spent just over $60 billion on their pets last year, a record fueled by a big jump in what owners shelled out for services like grooming, boarding and training.

52. Evergreen Packaging, Hollywood Feed Make Big HQ Moves -

At its March 16 meeting, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine Board approved tax incentives for two companies, creating 101 jobs and $8.1 million in local tax revenue.

A payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive went to Evergreen Packaging Inc., making Memphis the site of a global headquarters for a company with $5 billion in annual revenue.

53. Wolfchase Adds White Barn In Bath & Body Works Expansion -

Bath & Body Works is moving to a new home at Wolfchase Galleria and bringing on White Barn as a sister tenant.

This will be the first Mid-South location for White Barn, a candle company.

54. Fresh Market to Be Bought by Apollo for More Than $1.3B -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Fresh Market, a grocery store chain, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo for more than $1.3 billion.

The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, comes after Fresh Market said in October that it was seeking to possibly sell itself.

55. Automation Plus Computer Services Takes Pride in South Memphis Roots -

When it comes to computers, Luster Williams is an old pro. He started in computers 42 years ago while in the U.S. Air Force. He spent six years as a trouble shooter for NATO and another three years tracking satellites for NASA.

56. Editorial: Drones Part of Airspace Around Creativity, Technology -

The smaller the drone, the higher the sound of its electric whine. If it is high enough you might not hear it at all. Drones represent many possibilities: weapons carrier, pizza delivery system a new wave of photography with a previously unattainable perspective for amateur photographers.

57. Ulta to Join Nordstrom Rack in Poplar Commons Retail Center -

Ulta Beauty will be a neighbor of Nordstrom Rack in the upcoming Poplar Commons shopping center, set to open in the fall of 2017.

This will be the third Ulta store in the Memphis market and the first in the East Memphis submarket.

58. Bill to Cap Liquor Store Ownership Sent Back to Subcommittee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to impose limits on how many liquor stores can be owned in Tennessee has been sent back to a House subcommittee.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville has pitted Republicans against each other over questions about why package stores should be given special protection from competition by big chains.

59. House Panel Reverses Course on Tennessee Liquor Store Cap -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House committee that two weeks ago voted to reject a proposed cap on liquor store ownership in Tennessee reversed course on Tuesday and placed the limits back into the bill headed for a floor vote.

60. AutoZone Hiring 10,000 Employees Nationwide -

AutoZone is going on a hiring spree.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer plans to hire more than 10,000 full- and part-time employees nationwide through April to add to the staffs of its more than 5,100 stores. It’s especially looking to add workers in markets in Northern California; New York City; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Delaware; Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans, La.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Fort Worth and Midland, Texas.

61. Pilot Faces Suit Over Industry Practice of Credit Card Holds -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Tennessee residents are suing the nation's largest diesel retailer over holds placed on their credit cards when they swiped at the pump, but an industry representative says the banks are really to blame.

62. March 4-10, 2016: This Week in Memphis History -

1966: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis State University begins season ticket sales for the Tigers’ 1966 season with 5,000 more prime seats available.
The student section at Memphis Memorial Stadium is moved to the east side of the stadium from its former location on the same side as the season ticket holders.
Season tickets at a rate of $20 per ticket – $3 less than buying individual tickets to the five home games – can also be bought for the first time through Dixiemart and Corondolet stores, along with 200 other retailers, by using the charge accounts for those stores.
And there is the “Tiger Note” method through the big three local banks – First National, National Bank of Commerce and Union Planters – as well as Murdock Insurance Corp. Tickets can be ordered on credit through the four institutions and paid later with no interest or carrying charges.

63. Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story -

When Ikea opens its 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis later this year, it will bring a retail experience unlike any ever seen in the region.

The typical American retail setup is a big-box outlet with aisle after aisle of organized items displayed on neat shelves, usually with a row of check-out counters near the front.

64. Last Word: Hedgepeth Speaks, Josh Pastner's Future and Big Box Liquor -

Where else is there to begin but the Greensward controversy.
And we start with an email from Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth in what is rapidly becoming a Last Word tradition and institution – the email in full.

65. Liquor Giants a Threat to Dominate Memphis Sales -

In less than four months, Memphians will be able to purchase wine in grocery stores.

Since the Tennessee Legislature passed the resolution in 2014, Memphis liquor stores have been prepping for the July 1 bombshell by adding growler stations, padding shelves with packaged cheese and meat and undergoing hefty store expansions.

66. Graceland West Moves Forward With $6.8M Permit -

1116 Craft St.
Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $6.8 million

Owner: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Architect: Hnedak Bobo Group

67. GOP Divided Over Cap on Liquor Store Ownership in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Efforts to restrict the number of liquor stores that can be owned in Tennessee drew vocal opposition from a Republican lawmaker Monday, who said it is contrary to GOP principles and suggested that supporters may have been "bought and paid for" by lobbying groups.

68. Kroger Closing Store at 576 S. Perkins -

In advance of its lease expiration in May, Kroger Delta Division is closing its store at 576 S. Perkins Road on March 26, the company announced Tuesday, March 1.

69. AutoZone Sees 8 Percent Gain in Second-Quarter Profit -

When gas prices are low and falling, consumers who have more money in their wallet to spend on other things than fueling up aren’t the only ones who are happy.

It’s also a data point that makes its way into presentations by AutoZone Inc. executives, as it did when the company walked through its second quarter results Tuesday, March 1, which reflected another period of gains in profit, net sales, store count and earnings per share for the company.

70. Subway to Ensure 'Footlongs' Measure Up After Lawsuit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway customers can finally rest assured that their "Footlong" sandwiches will be as long as promised.

A judge last week granted final approval to a settlement of a class-action suit filed against Subway after an Australian teenager in 2013 posted an image of his sandwich on Facebook that was only 11 inches. The image garnered international media attention, with The New York Post writing that it found four out of seven Footlongs it purchased in New York "measured only 11 or 11.5 inches."

71. The Week Ahead: February 29, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? We know what you’ll be doing Tuesday (voting, of course!), but plenty of nonpolitical happenings grace this week’s calendar too – from a trio of Grizzlies games to a fundraiser supporting fair housing.

72. Hardy: Human Collateral, Strong Networks Can Propel Women to Success -

The ‘good old boys’ club is the fabric of the business community.

Carolyn Hardy knew she couldn’t fight it, so she made it a point to play the same game by using relationships as investments that led to opportunities in a world where most doors are closed to women.

73. Wal-Mart Lays Off Employees In Technology Wing -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has laid off between 1 percent and 3 percent of its employees in its information services division.

74. Renewed Bill Would Allow Stores To Stock Wine Before July 1 -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – All isn't lost for consumers hoping to buy their first bottle of wine at a Tennessee supermarket on July 1.

An effort to give stores special permission to start taking wine deliveries before the new law goes into effect collapsed this week over an unrelated provision seeking to impose a two-license limit for liquor stores owners.

75. Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp. -

Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.

76. Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015 -

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

That’s according to the latest data from Integra Realty Resources, a national appraisal and advisory firm. At its annual Viewpoint local market presentation Wednesday, Feb. 24, local Integra leaders spoke on the industrial sector’s banner year, multifamily’s expansion cycle, what’s next for an office market without any remaining Class A space, and growth in the retail sector.

77. Poplar Opens Up -

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

78. Last Word: Timing and Numbers, Old Dominick Takes Shape and Zip Lines To Spring -

Political opportunity is defined by timing.
Witness a look at the early voting turnout numbers in advance of Tuesday’s election day.

More than half of the more than 43,000 Shelby County voters who cast early ballots voted Monday and Tuesday – the last two days of an early voting period that began Feb. 10 – way back there when Martin O’Malley was the third Democratic presidential contender and Jeb Bush was considered a force to be reckoned with in the Republican primaries.

79. UPS Invests in Same-Day Delivery Company Deliv -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS, looking for ways to get goods to shoppers faster, is investing in same-day delivery company Deliv.

Deliv, founded nearly four years ago, works with Macy's Inc., Kohl's Corp. and other retailers to deliver online orders within the same day. Shoppers select same-day delivery when they're about to buy something from the retailer's website and Deliv's workers get it delivered. Retailers pay Deliv for its service and the stores usually charge customers. At Kohl's, for example, shoppers pay $9.95 for same-day deliveries on orders above $75 and $14.95 for orders below $75.

80. Supermarket Wine Bill Derailed Over Liquor Store Cap -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A legislative disagreement over protecting liquor stores from competition means Tennesseans looking to buy wine at their local supermarket will likely have to wait a little longer for the shelves to be stocked.

81. Last Word: Presidential Distractions, Dude Perfect and The Kirby Farm House -

When it comes to political surprises, the presidential contenders may be the next group on the ballot locally. But they need to up their game if they are going to hold the attention of Memphis voters.
With three of the Republican contenders on their way to Shelby County this weekend and probably more making plans, the attention Tuesday shifted dramatically to the open 8th District Congressional seat that isn’t on the ballot until the August primaries.

82. Haslam Questions Need to Put Cap on Liquor Store Ownership -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he is unsure of the need to restore limits on liquor store ownership that existed before a new state law to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets.

83. Trailblazer -

Carolyn Chism Hardy is a trailblazer, a success story, an advocate for the poor and middle class, and now she’s one of the most influential people in the private sector.

84. Liquor Retailer Says Proposed License Cap is Anti-Free Trade -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The operator of a large chain of beer and liquor stores says an effort to create a two-store limit on new retail licenses is an effort to stamp out competition in Tennessee.

85. US Retail Sales Rise as Consumers Shrug Off Stock Price Drop -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent last month, the same as in December. Excluding the effect of falling gas prices, sales rose 0.4 percent.

86. Meeting the Demands of a Rapidly Aging Population -

When Gov. Bill Haslam gave his annual State of the State address on February 1, he proposed a $34.8 billion plan providing new spending on colleges and universities, road projects and a large deposit into Tennessee’s emergency budget reserves.

87. Real Estate Vet: Kroger Looking to Spread its Wings -

Jimmy Lewis isn’t surprised by word that emerged in recent days about Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, eyeing an acquisition of specialty grocer Fresh Market.

88. Wal-Mart Expanding Chef Jenn Food Offerings -

Memphis resident Jennifer McCullough, aka Chef Jenn, is continuing to expand her branded gourmet food choices in Wal-Mart stores.

89. Familiar Restaurant Brand is Making a Return -

Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits might be back in Memphis again soon.

The brand is starting to show up again in the Southeast, after struggling through ownership changes and financial missteps then closing all of its company-owned stores and filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

90. Best Buy Raises All-Time High for St. Jude -

Electronics retailer Best Buy celebrated having raised an all-time high of $10.2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a technology-focused event for patients this week.

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Best Buy executives and its local Geek Squad agents hosted the event Wednesday, Feb. 10, designed to spark patients’ imaginations through things like Star Wars-themed coding activity and other hands-on technology experiences.

91. Congress Gives Final OK to Banning Local Internet Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

92. Best Buy Raises All-Time High for St. Jude -

Electronics retailer Best Buy celebrated having raised an all-time high of $10.2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a technology-focused event for patients this week.

ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Best Buy executives and its local Geek Squad agents hosted the event Wednesday, Feb. 10, designed to spark patients’ imaginations through things like Star Wars-themed coding activity and other hands-on technology experiences.

93. Warren, Tulane Move-Out Leads to Larger Issues -

The end of federal rent subsidies at two Memphis apartment complexes with a recent history of code violations will create some larger issues for the surrounding communities.

Those larger changes begin to unfold next week as federal officials meet with residents at each of the apartment complexes to talk about their move out of the aging complexes.

94. Familiar Restaurant Brand Is Making a Return -

Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits might be back in Memphis again soon.

The brand is starting to show up again in the Southeast, after struggling through ownership changes and financial missteps then closing all of its company-owned stores and filing for bankruptcy in 2010.

95. Wal-Mart Expanding Chef Jenn Food Offerings -

Memphis resident Jennifer McCullough, aka Chef Jenn, is continuing to expand her branded gourmet food choices in Wal-Mart stores.

96. For Whom Do You Create New Products? -

According to AcuPoll more than 95 percent of new products fail each year. This harrowing statistic should sound an alarm, one that says, the way we approach the conceptualization and launch of new products does not work

97. Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center -

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper
Boulevard and Tillman Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Save-A-Lot

Size: 16,300 square feet

Tenant’s Agent: Frank Dyer, Loeb Realty Group

98. Save-A-Lot to Anchor Binghampton Retail Center -

Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

99. A Coffee Named 'Death Wish' Wins a Super Bowl Commercial -

NEW YORK (AP) — A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50.

Death Wish Coffee Co. won a competition held by software maker Intuit for a 30-second spot during the third quarter of the big game on Feb. 7. The Round Lake, New York, company beat more than 15,000 other small businesses in voting by the public and Intuit employees.

100. Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts -

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. Come Friday, folks in Coal Hill, Arkansas, will need to drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries.