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State's booster experienced at 31

Appointee rubbed shoulders with ex-Arkansans in Florida

Subscriber onlyMike Preston is 31 -- not 32, as was reported by the governor's office when Preston was named the state's new economic development chief last month. Continue reading...

Cantrell Road turning into a big headache

Construction creates bumpy road for area businesses

Subscriber onlyThe widening of Cantrell Road from four to five lanes along a 0.65-mile stretch from Mississippi Street east to Perryville Road has proved bittersweet -- or just plain bitter -- for businesses along the way. Continue reading...

Winemaker setting up on Main

Californian’s LR operation to offer Italian-style food, drink

Subscriber onlyA third-generation California winemaker, Margie Raimondo, has picked a spot on Main Street in Little Rock for a finishing and bottling operation and a tasting room, plus infused balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils. Continue reading...

River Market theater seeks entrance arrows

Visitors say door in alley hard to find

Subscriber onlyThe Central Arkansas Library System-run Ron Robinson Theater wants a pointer -- or two. Continue reading...

LR port casts eye on land to south

For new industry, just 222 acres left

Subscriber onlyThe Little Rock Port Authority, which governs one of the state's largest industrial parks, is sitting on 2,600 acres of developed and undeveloped land on the Arkansas River. Yet usable parcels are becoming scarce, with only two parcels totaling 222 acres left for the port to pitch to prospective businesses. Continue reading...

Demand rises for industrial space to lease

LR rents grow as vacancies dip with little construction

Subscriber onlyThe amount of lease space available for users in Little Rock's 5-million-square-foot industrial market is shrinking. Brokers say it could cause rates to rise and force some companies to build their own warehouse and distribution centers. Continue reading...

Laser projector stars at LR event

It’s next big thing in films, company says; others skeptical

Subscriber onlyA homegrown company with more than 45 years of experience working with lasers is showing off a new laser-illuminated projector today that could replace the expensive bulbs most movie theaters use. Continue reading...

Floridian will sell Arkansas

Slot filled to tend economic growth

Mike Preston, an executive with Florida's principal economic development organization, is the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday. Continue reading...

LR said to draw Dave & Buster's

Outlets seen as bar’s likely home

Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. is taking its big-box fun bar to Little Rock, likely to the Outlets of Little Rock, which is under construction at the intersections of Interstates 30 and 430, two independent sources confirmed Tuesday. Continue reading...

LR partnership's chief ready to start

Gabe Holmstrom said he'll spend a lot of time in meetings over the first six months at his new job as executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. His No. 1 objective is to "get to know the players and board members and to learn the lay of the land." Continue reading...

New online service offers Goodwill finds

LR’s Tagless gets off ground with some help, seed money

Subscriber onlyTagless Style, a subscription men's online styling service based in Little Rock, should reach up to 5 million customers over the next two years with the help of $250,000 in seed funding from XCelerate Capital, said XCelerate founder and managing partner Rod Ford. Continue reading...

New LR apartments in works

Developer buying Rock Street space in historic district

Moses Tucker Real Estate Inc. is under contract to buy a portion of the 500 block of Rock Street, including the American Legion M.M. Eberts building, and plans to put up a three-story, 36-unit apartment complex and turn the Legion space into a retail storefront or restaurant. The company's total investment in the property is estimated at about $4.5 million. Continue reading...

Permit filings name outlet stores

Occupants include Kay, Dress Barn, Gap Factory

Retailers going in Outlets at Little Rock are starting to take out building permits to finish their plain, white-box spaces -- among them Gap Factory, Banana Republic and OshKosh B'Gosh/Carter's. Continue reading...

Scouts set move for roomier LR space

Cookie operation gets to spread out

Subscriber onlyThe Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is getting new digs in Little Rock with double the organization's current space in North Little Rock, and for the first time, it will have climate-controlled space for its cookie venture. Continue reading...

Observer: Papers' buyer 'a natural fit'

Subscriber onlyOne newspaper industry observer said Friday that the pending sale of Las Vegas-based Stephens Media LLC's 19 Arkansas daily and weekly newspapers to New Media Investment Group Inc. of New York "will change the landscape of the newspaper business in Arkansas." Continue reading...

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