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VOL. 133 | NO. 25 | Friday, February 2, 2018

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Memphis Toys R Us To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

The news comes a week after New Jersey-based Toys R Us announced it would close 182 stores across the United States as a part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization efforts.

In the Jan. 23 court filings, Toys R Us said that over the past several years it has faced “a challenging commercial environment exacerbated by increased competition from traditional competitors and a shift in consumer preferences away from shopping at brick-and-mortar stores to online retail channels,” which left the company with a significant number of stores operating at suboptimal levels.

The decision to close more than 180 stores was made after “an extensive store-by-store performance analysis” in an effort to right-size the company’s brick-and-mortar presence, according to the bankruptcy court filings.

Several stores have since been pared from the closure list. The remaining closings are expected to begin in February and wrap up by mid-April.

The toy chain filed for bankruptcy in September, citing $5 billion in debt.

– Patrick Lantrip

Redbirds Offering 2nd Job Fair Feb. 12

The Memphis Redbirds will hold a second job fair for seasonal gameday positions Monday, Feb. 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Home Plate Club at AutoZone Park.

Available positions include field crew, ticket sellers, ushers, bat boys and girls, and Redbirds promotional team members, among others. All positions are part-time.

Returning employees do not need to apply or attend the job fair. The Redbirds are only able to hire people ages 18 and older. Offers may be made on the spot, pending a background check and drug test results.

Visit memphisredbirds.com/jobfair for more information on the job fair and available positions.

– Don Wade

Ongoing Trolley Test Expands Next Week

The ongoing test of the restored Main Street trolley line and trolley cars takes in more track next week.

The testing of the trolleys and the trolley system underway since late last year will continue Feb. 8 and 9, with the trolleys running on the Main Street line between Greenlaw to G.E. Patterson avenues.

The practice runs, during which the cars remain closed to the public, test the systems that link to traffic signals, radio coverage, the interface between trolley wheels and track switches, and contact with electric lines that power the cars.

– Bill Dries

Hooks Institute Elects New Advisory Board Chair

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change advisory board has elected Darin Johnson as its new chair. Johnson, who is a senior vice president at First Tennessee Bank, has served on the Hooks Institute advisory board since August 2016.

Johnson succeeds departing advisory board chair Logan Meeks, who is president of A2H Engineers Architects Planners and has served as chair of the board for four years, having been re-elected for two consecutive terms.

The advisory board was created in May 2008 to assist the Hooks Institute in the strategic development and implementation of its mission and programs. The board is composed of accomplished individuals dedicated to uplifting communities in Memphis and the nation.

– Don Wade

New Engineering Firm Opens in Arlington

Mechanical consulting engineering firm Whittam Consulting Group LLC has opened in Arlington.

The new company offers design and consulting services using 3-D building information modeling, energy modeling, building and system assessments, feasibility studies and mechanical construction drawings.

Located at 5887 Windsor Falls Loop, the engineering firm will serve Memphis-area architectural firms, mechanical contractors, and other businesses and local agencies in the construction and building renovation markets in the design of mechanical systems; heating, air conditioning and ventilation; plumbing; fire protection; and process systems.

– Daily News staff

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