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VOL. 128 | NO. 205 | Monday, October 21, 2013

Business Licenses Increase 4.9 Percent in Third Quarter

By Bill Dries

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Business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the third quarter rose nearly 5 percent over third quarter 2012, and increased even more compared to the second quarter this year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

The 1,505 business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office are a 4.9 percent increase from the 1,435 in the third quarter of 2012 and a 16.7 percent increase from the 1,290 in second quarter 2013.

Those figures include new licenses and renewals, and represent businesses within Shelby County, though the owners can be based anywhere.

For the first nine months of 2013, 4,210 licenses were filed with the county clerk’s office.

From July to September, licenses range from renewals for established businesses, such as Café Ole in the Cooper-Young Historic District, to the smallest businesses just beginning, such as Two Brothers Affordable Lawn Services in the Rhodes College area.

The owners pay a $15 license fee for Shelby County and a $15 license fee for Memphis if they are also in the city.

The top three Shelby County ZIP codes for third-quarter business licenses were 38125 (Southeast Shelby County), with 90; 38134 (Bartlett), with 75; and 38128 (Raleigh), with 73.

The most active ZIP codes differ from quarter to quarter: In the second quarter, the top three were 38115 (Hickory Hill), 38118 (Oakhaven-Parkway Village) and 38116 (Whitehaven).

Among the new and renewed licenses, Unlimited Wireless TN LLC had four during the third quarter: three locations in Memphis and one in Bartlett. MetroPCS, which sells mobile devices, had third-quarter licenses for seven Memphis locations.

And Jackson-Hewitt Tax Services Inc. filed eight, an indication that tax season follows the holidays.

The Southeast Shelby County businesses reflected in the third-quarter new and renewed licenses include Honduras Drywall, Geaux Glam and Evolution Fitness LLC.

The area is not only growing with new businesses, it is also part of the shift of the county’s school-age population from the west to the east.

In August, the first new school in the consolidated Shelby County Schools system opened its doors nearby, in Hickory Hill.

Belle Forest Community School is an elementary school built during the transition to the merger to ease overcrowding at Oak Forest, Germanshire, Newberry, Winridge and Hickory Ridge elementary schools. It is built to hold 1,200 students.

Schools, unlike school cafeterias, are exempt from having business licenses, though daycare centers must have business licenses.

The Raleigh ZIP code 38128 could see more business licenses as the city moves ahead with a revitalization of the Raleigh Springs Mall that now calls for moving the Memphis Police Department’s traffic precinct onto the mall footprint. It had been slated for construction near, but not on, the mall property.

While Whitehaven’s 38116 was not among the top three most active ZIPs in the third quarter, work continues on streetscape renovations along Elvis Presley Boulevard between Brooks Road and Shelby Drive, the retail heart of the community whose buying power has long been touted as underserved by existing retail in the area.

A $5 million renovation of the Whitehaven Kroger supermarket, 1212 E. Shelby Drive, was well underway during the third quarter, with the supermarket remaining open for business.

The licenses also reflected the brand change at what had been the Memphis Marriott convention center hotel at 250 N. Main St. Downtown.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. rebranded the hotel as a Sheraton as the property undergoes a renovation.

For some of those applying for business licenses, the license was a next step in their pursuits. Longtime FM 100 morning personality Ron Olson has been painting for some time, and in the third quarter, took out a business license for Ron Olson Art.

PROPERTY SALES 83 405 4,276
MORTGAGES 104 424 4,814
BUILDING PERMITS 148 883 10,151
BANKRUPTCIES 53 264 3,149