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VOL. 132 | NO. 86 | Monday, May 1, 2017

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Calvary Mission Pulls $1.5M Permit to Build Shelter

Calvary Rescue Mission is moving ahead with its new homeless shelter.

The mission, located at 960 S. Third, filed a $1.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for new construction. Linkous Construction Co. was listed as the contractor on the permit.

In 2015, Calvary launched an appeal to raise $2.9 million for a new shelter on its current South Third Street site.

Plans for the new mission north of Gaston Park include classrooms, rehab counseling, job training and mental health assessments. The new center will also meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and feature dormitories, a kitchen, and showers and restrooms.

Calvary’s current building is a church that Holiday Inn sold to the ministry for $1. It moved into the facility in April 1972 after having several other locations in the city, including its original location at 863 Jackson Ave.

The mission was founded by Milton Hatcher, a Memphis barber, in 1967 and is operated with private donations.

– Patrick Lantrip

Ballet Memphis Partners With MJCC to Open Dance School

Ballet Memphis is planning to open a second Ballet Memphis School location this summer.

The organization has formalized an agreement with the Memphis Jewish Community Center, located at 6560 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, to operate the school in the MJCC space currently staffed by the Markell School of Dance.

The location will be known as Ballet Memphis School at the MJCC Markell Dance Center, and classes will start there in August.

Ballet Memphis currently operates its professional company and Ballet Memphis School, as well as Youth Ballet Memphis, from its facilities at 7950 Trinity Road in Cordova. Its new headquarters and main school facility in Midtown is under construction and will open in August.

“Maintaining a school presence in the eastern part of the city always has been vital to our strategic plan to serve as much of the Memphis community as possible,” said Janet Parke, director of Ballet Memphis School, in a statement. “The MJCC is not only an ideal geographic location; its history of dance education is a perfect backdrop to our new partnership.”

Classes offered at the Ballet Memphis School at the MJCC Markell Dance Center will be Discover Dance 3, 4, & 5; Ballet 1 through 4; and Older Beginners. All classes will be taught by Ballet Memphis instructors. Traditional Israeli dance may be offered by MJCC instructors, and other dance offerings have yet to be finalized. Current Markell dance students will be evaluated and placed in the comparable Ballet Memphis School level.

Ballet Memphis School will continue its regular class schedule at the Trinity Road location until the end of this semester. Two summer programs also will be held there before the facility closes in July to prepare for the move to Midtown.

– Daily News staff

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.

This will be the fifth Sprouts store in Tennessee. The 28,000-square-foot store at 576 S. Perkins Road is a former Kroger location.

The store is looking for department managers and assistant department managers, clerks, cashiers and more.

Sprouts operates on a “Healthy Living for Less” approach to grocery shopping, meaning potential team members should share a passion for healthy eating and the fresh, natural and organic products offered throughout the store.

East Memphis shoppers will find a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets in a bright, open store layout. Each store also features an in-house butcher who prepares hand-crafted sausages daily and assists customers with special cuts of meat and seafood seasoning. And shoppers will enjoy a variety of fresh and prepared deli items for lunch or dinner, a wide selection of fresh-baked goods and craft beer and wine.

The Vitamin and Body Care department features more than 7,500 cutting-edge vitamin and body care products made with sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.

The East Memphis Sprouts store is part of a wave of new stores the company is opening, with 11 new stores planned for the second half of 2017. A total of 32 stores are opening across the country this year.

Sprouts already has local stores at 9050 U.S. 64 and at 3150 Village Shops Drive in Germantown. The Perkins Road site was formerly home to a Kroger store and a Seessel’s grocery store before that.

– Andy Meek

Nike Continues Work on Lamar Warehouse

Nike Inc. has filed a $1.8 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to install a rack system at its 5155 Lamar Ave. warehouse.

EZ-Erectors is listed as the contractor.

In March 2016, Nike filed its first permit for $1.5 million to “install industrial storage racks” at the southeast Memphis warehouse. The subsequent month, it applied for an additional $1.7 million permit for the “installation of an elevated platform structure.”

The international shoe and sports apparel giant also operates a distribution center on Winchester and a factory in Frayser.

The 706,802-square-foot Class A warehouse was built in 2002 and sits on more than 38 acres, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property, who appraised it at $24.6 million in 2017.

– Patrick Lantrip

Tigers Golfer Earns NCAA At-Large Berth

University of Memphis redshirt sophomore women’s golfer Michaela Fletcher has earned an NCAA at-large slot for the second time in as many seasons. Fletcher, who won her way to the NCAA Championships from the Notre Dame Regional with a top five individual finish in 2015, came back from missing all of last season due to injury and will compete May 8-10 in Columbus, Ohio, on the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.

There are four regional sites in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship process. The top six teams and the top three individuals from each regional will advance to the NCAA National Championships May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

In her first year back after taking time off for a back injury, Fletcher posted a 73.5 stroke average over 10 competitions. She posted eight top 20 finishes in 10 events this year, including three top fives. She finished as runner-up at the 2017 Central District hosted by Michigan State and finished third at the Memphis Intercollegiate last fall. She also finished tied for fifth at the 3M Augusta Invitational.

In 2014-15, after earning all-conference honors with a top five finish at the American Championships, she competed in the NCAA Regional at Notre Dame, carding a 217 to finish tied for fifth overall. As one of the top three finishers not in an advancing team entry in the event, she qualified for the NCAA Championship field, becoming the first Lady Tiger in school history to make the championship round in the current regional/championship final setup.

– Don Wade

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