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VOL. 131 | NO. 59 | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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Germantown Trader Joe’s Project Moves Forward

A $3.5 million building permit application has been filed for the future Germantown home of Trader Joe’s at 2130 Exeter Road.

The recent permit, which lists “shell space for general retail,” is one of many moving pieces at the northeast corner of Poplar Avenue and Exeter Road.

According to earlier reports, the Kroger at 2130 Exeter Road will be split into three retail bays for a total 46,500 square feet.

Trader Joe’s will be built as an outparcel on the site of the Kroger parking lot. The to-be-constructed building will be 19,500 square feet, with Trader Joe's leasing 12,500 square feet of the space.

While the recent building permit only lists “Shops” as the tenant, it could be intended for Trader Joe’s construction because of its 12,500-square-foot size. CAP Germantown is listed as the owner.

– Madeline Faber

FedEx Launches E-Commerce CrossBorder Division

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. announced Tuesday, March 22, the relaunch of its e-commerce services division FedEx CrossBorder.

CrossBorder, formerly known as Bongo International, is a subsidiary of FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding arm of the corporation.

The company works with retailers on such online parts of the sale process as payment processing, multicurrency pricing and credit card fraud protection.

CrossBorder vice president Chip Hull said only a third of U.S.-based global e-commerce sites accept foreign currency.

The CrossBorder services offer a checkout system that accepts 80 currencies with 15 payment options and includes multiple delivery options on the same platform.

– Bill Dries

$1.2M Permit Filed For Highland Row Steakhouse

Steakhouse restaurant Char is on track for its July opening with a $1.2 million building permit application recently filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

In December, the Daily News reported that the restaurateurs behind longstanding Italian restaurant Amerigo were bringing Char to Highland Row. The first Char opened in Jackson, Miss., in 2001.

The space at 431 S. Highland St., at the corner of Midland Avenue, will be 7,000 square feet.

JHS Holdings LLC is listed as the owner with Construction LLC as contractor. Ledford Engineering is overseeing architecture, interior design and engineering.

Memphis-based Poag & McEwan Lifestyle Centers and Indiana-based Milhaus Development are behind the greater $61 million Highland Row project. Two restaurants, a coffee shop, signature retail and a specialty grocery store are planned for the 27,000 square feet of retail space.

Also planned are 354 apartment homes and 35 townhomes, expected to be ready soon.

– Madeline Faber

Grizzlies Sign Guard McCallum to Another 10-Day Contract

Guard Ray McCallum appeared in six games (two starts) with the Grizzlies after signing his first 10-day contract with the team on March 12 and has averaged 8.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 24.3 minutes. Now, the Grizzlies have signed McCallum to a second 10-day deal.

Through games of Monday, March 21, he shot 38.5 percent from the field (20-of-52 FG), 50.0 percent from three-point range (9-of-18) and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (2-of-3).

Overall, McCallum has appeared in 150 career games (45 starts) with the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Grizzlies and averaged 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.2minutes during his three-year NBA career. He played 31 games (three starts) for the Spurs earlier this season and recorded 2.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 8.3 minutes before he was waived on Feb. 29.

A 2010 McDonald’s All-American, McCallum, 24, was drafted by Sacramento in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft following a three-year collegiate career at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he played for his father, Titans head coach Ray McCallum Sr.

– Don Wade

Election Commission Certifies March Election Results

Shelby County Election commissioners certified Monday, March 21, the results of the March 1 presidential primaries and the countywide primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk in Shelby County.

In the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump carried Shelby County with rival Ted Cruz a close second, followed by Marco Rubio. Trump carried the state by a wider margin.

In the Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County by a wide margin over rival Bernie Sanders and took the state as well.

In the Democratic primary for clerk, incumbent Ed Stanton beat challenger William Stovall. Stanton meets Republican challenger Richard Morton on the August county general election ballot.

Morton ran unopposed in the March Republican primary for clerk.

Meanwhile, Linda Phillips, a finalist for the position of Shelby County Elections Administrator, was in the city Monday to talk with the five election commissioners.

Phillips is a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The clerk’s position in Indiana including the duties of an elections administrator and is an elected position.

The Shelby County Elections Administrator’s position is appointed by the election commission, which also is considering former Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas for the job but has set no date for selecting someone for the position.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Football Starts Spring Practice

The University of Memphis football team was to open its 2016 spring drills Tuesday, March 22, under first-year head coach Mike Norvell.

“We’re ready to get after it,” said Norvell, who comes to Memphis from his deputy head coach/offensive coordinator position at Arizona State. “We’ve been looking forward to this since we got back here in January. We got through recruiting, and we’ve had the opportunity to be around the guys through their morning workouts. But, we haven’t had helmets, we haven’t had footballs. Now, we get to put it all together, and we’re excited about getting out there and working with each other.”

The Tigers return 15 starters (7 offense/8 defense) from the 2015 squad that posted a 9-4 overall record and a 5-3 American Athletic Conference mark. The 2015 Tigers earned a postseason bid to the Birmingham Bowl, the program’s second-straight bowl appearance. The postseason streak is one that Norvell and his 2016 Tigers want to continue.

“There’s a culture of winning that’s been established,” Norvell said. “Our goal is to continue to grow and build off that. We want to take the next step as a program. When you see some of the guys run on the field Tuesday, some of the physical changes we’ve had on this football team will be evident, and I’m extremely excited about that. These guys have worked and put in their time. You can tell they’re hungry, and everyone is looking to make a good first impression.”

Tuesday is the first of 15 spring practices for the Tigers, which includes the Apr. 22 Friday Night Stripes spring game. Friday Night Stripes is slated for a 7 p.m. kick-off at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

– Don Wade

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