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Home Depot said it will hire 450 employees at its stores in the greater Little Rock area this spring, part of a plan to add 80,000 employees nationally for what the home improvement retailer calls its busiest selling season.

The retailer will fill openings for sales associates, cashiers, operations and online order fulfillment at stores in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Cabot and Conway, according to a company spokesman. Not all 450 positions are immediately available.

"This is the first wave," said Matt Harrigan, a Home Depot spokesman.

People interested in working for Home Depot have two ways to apply. They can go online to, or they can text HOMEDEPOT to 52270 to receive a link to apply for hourly positions in their area. Message and data rates may apply.

-- Noel Oman

North Little Rock chamber plans meeting for Feb. 22

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce will hold its 33rd annual meeting on Feb. 22 at Verizon Arena.

The featured speaker will be Troy Wells, chief executive officer of Baptist Health.

Margaret Ellibee, chancellor at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College and the chamber's chairman for 2017, will talk about accomplishments from last year.

Kevin Newton, vice president of CBM Construction Inc. and the 2018 chamber chairman, will discuss plans for North Little Rock for this year.

The partner of the year award recipients will be recognized at the meeting.

Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10. Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

More information is available by calling (501) 372-5959 or by sending an email to

-- David Smith

With 15.59 plunge, index dips below 400

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, tumbled 15.59 to 397.15 Monday, the first time it closed below 400 since closing at 399.65 on Dec. 15.

"Big down day for stocks as fears of rising inflation and bond yields saw the Dow Jones industrial average decline 4.6 percent, the S&P 500 lose 4.1 percent and the Nasdaq Composite fall 3.8" percent, said Chris Harkins, managing director with Raymond James & Associates in Little Rock.

Total volume for the index was 34.8 million shares.

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of Dec. 30, 1997.

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