VOL. 131 | NO. 179 | Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace
Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.
The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.
The new store is opening Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Kroger Delta Division president Scot Hendricks said the Hernando opening “falls in line with our Kroger promise to invest over $100 million in the Mid-South area.”
– Andy Meek
Redbirds Finish Season With Road Win
The Memphis Redbirds (65-77) finished the 2016 season with a 7-6 win at Round Rock over the Express (Triple-A Rangers) on Monday, Sept. 5, to win the season series against the Express for the first time since 2010.
The Redbirds played 47 one-run games this season, which were their most since 48 in 2008. Memphis finished the season suiting up 59 different players, which is a franchise record. Of the 59, 25 made their Triple-A debuts, including 13 pitchers and five catchers.
The Redbirds and AutoZone Park host the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Sept. 20. The 2017 season opener is April 6, and the home opener is April 11.
For tickets to the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, visit memphisredbirds.com/nationalchampionship or call 901-721-6000.
– Don Wade
Blues City Brewery to Undergo Repairs
The Blues City Brewery in South Memphis is getting an upgrade. McCon Building Corp. recently filed a $1.4 million building permit for “repairs to brewery” at 5151 E. Raines Road.
City Brewing Co., the parent company of Blues City Brewery, bought the 1.3 million-square-foot facility for $30 million in 2011 from Hardy Bottling.
Blues City Brewing declined to comment on the construction project.
– Madeline Faber
Market Street Sells Interest In Mobile Home Parks
Less than a month after purchasing a collection of mobile home communities, Memphis Communities LLC has sold a partial interest in the three properties for $2 million.
In an Aug. 19 warranty deed, Memphis Communities, an affiliate of Market Street Capital Inc., sold an 8.4 percent interest to 25 West LLC and an 8.4 percent interest to Kirk Avenue L.P.
Memphis Communities purchased the Pecan Circle Mobile Home Community, at 4359 Raleigh Millington Road, Redwood Estates Mobile Home Community, at 1640 Via Roma Drive in Frayser, and Shady Oaks Mobile Home Community, at 7860 Raleigh Millington Road in Millington, for a combined $9.8 million on Aug. 9.
– Madeline Faber
Hooks Institute Selects National Book Award Winner
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has selected “Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press” by James McGrath Morris as the winner of its National Book Award for 2015. The award recognizes publications that best advance an understanding of the American civil rights movement and its legacy.
Morris’ biography excavates the story of Ethel Payne, a journalist whose work for the Chicago Defender during her multi-decade career provided a lens to thousands of African-American readers into the action of the civil rights movement and beyond. Covering the school desegregation crisis in Little Rock, interviewing black troops in Vietnam or quizzing multiple presidents during her years at the White House, Payne’s career demonstrated the role journalists could play both in helping to build a movement by informing the public and in furthering that movement by putting pointed questions to those in power.
The Hooks Institute received 20 nominations for the book award. In addition to “Eye on the Struggle,” the other finalists were: “Demolition Means Progress: Flint Michigan and the Fate of the American Metropolis,” by Dr. Andrew Highsmith; “Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s,” by Dr. Carol Bunch Davis; “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America,” by Wil Haygood; and “What Can and Can’t be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South,” by Dr. Dell Upton.
The 2015 National Book Award presentation, including a lecture by winning author James McGrath Morris, will be held on Nov. 15 at the U of M. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks/events/index.php for updates on the event.
– Don Wade
Tennessee Lottery Continues Record-Breaking Start to Year
Officials with the Tennessee Education Lottery say it’s continuing its record-breaking start in the fiscal year that started July 1.
A news release from the lottery said sales for July and August are 9.3 percent ahead of the same period last year and the highest for each of those months since lottery tickets first went on sale in 2004.
Instant ticket sales and large Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are fueling the sales increase.
The release says the lottery has raised more than $3.8 billion for education programs since beginning. Those programs include college grants and scholarships, after-school programs and the Tennessee Promise initiative. Player prizes have totaled more than $10 billion, with retailers earning more than $978 million in commissions.
– The Associated Press