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  • Two New Restaurants Bring Different Menus, Jobs To Downtown Van Buren

    VAN BUREN, Ark. (TB&P) — The historic Main Street in downtown Van Buren soon will offer two new restaurants for tourist, residents and visitors. The Vault 1905 Sports Grill is set to open Tuesday (May 7) at 624 Main St. in the historic Citizens Bank. Pasta Grill will open at the end of May or first of June at 810 Main St., where Cottage Café once was. “We are trying to keep people in Van Buren and to visit downtown […]

  • Written Policies Key To Manage Employees Who Are Medical Marijuana Patients

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) — With more than 540,000 Arkansans possibly eligible for medical marijuana, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce members were told Tuesday (April 30) that employers are going to have to learn a new set of rules. Stuart Jackson, an attorney with Little Rock-based Wright Lindsey Jennings, shed some light on marijuana in the workforce during two information sessions sponsored by the Fort Smith chamber. Dispensaries are preparing to open across the state and more than 10,877 Arkansas […]

  • Walmart To Test Autonomous Cars In Bentonville, Tyson Talks Technology

    BENTONVILLE (TB&P) —Walmart will begin testing autonomous vehicles in Bentonville in the next six weeks. Jason Shaffer, director of digital operations at Walmart, who broke the news was one of the keynote speakers at the Trends in Supply Chain Management Conference held at the University of Arkansas on Thursday (April 25). Shaffer said while Walmart has tested autonomous vehicles for online grocery orders in areas like Chandler, Ariz., the technology is coming to the streets of Bentonville in the next […]

  • Responses To Water Billing Issues Presented To Fort Smith Board, Utility Department To Offer Explanations

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) —The Fort Smith Board of Directors were told Tuesday (April 23) that many issues residents have with high bills since the first of the year have been resolved. The board addressed citizens’ concerns over unusually high water bills at the April 2 board of directors meeting. Some water bills among the city’s 37,153 customers ballooned beyond the normal in the first quarter of the year as the city continued to install new meters, began using a […]

  • Walmart’s Top Five Executives Earned $68.73 Million Last Year

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (TB&P) — The top five executives at Walmart are paid handsomely for their services, raking in a combined $68.73 million last year. Total income for the top five earners rose 6.19% from the reported figure a year ago, according to the retailer’s annual Proxy filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday (April 23). Absent from this year’s top-five earning officers was Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart U.S. E-Commerce, who joined the retail giant in 2016 […]

  • Officials: Arkansas Small Businesses See Benefits From Trade With Mexico

    ARKANSAS (TB&P) — Small business owners from around the state convened in Rogers on Monday (April 22) to meet with U.S. Rep. Steve Womack. R-Rogers, to discuss trade with Mexico. The business owners returned from a trade delegation trip in central Mexico headed by Melvin Torres, director of Western Hemisphere Trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas in Rogers. Torres said the ongoing negotiations for the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) treaty that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the […]

  • After Neumeier Death, A ‘Fort Smith Boy’ Steps Up To Help The Peacemaker Festival

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) — The lineup for this year’s Peacemaker’s Festival seemed impressive, but ticket sales are the final arbiter. And the public has spoken. Most VIP tickets sold out within a few hours, setting sales records for the event now in its fifth year. It’s a welcome relief for organizers who just a few months ago were unsure of the festival’s future. Work began on the lineup around October 2018, said Trent Goins, CEO of Fort Smith-based OK […]

  • UAFS Chancellor Nominee Moving To Fort Smith With Excitement, Ideas And Cats

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) —Dr. Terisa Riley is excited about Fort Smith. Since it was announced Tuesday (April 16) that she was recommended as the next University of Arkansas at Fort Smith chancellor, she has been inundated with messages of support and congratulations. “I am already so excited about being a part of the community,” Riley said in an interview with Talk Business & Politics. “I met and talked with so many people when I was there for my interview. It’s […]

  • Walmart Is Testing LED-Projected Floor Ads In Bentonville Store

    BENTONVILLE (TB&P) — Walmart, which has said it will use innovative measures in stores to boost sales, is testing LED projectors that display ads on the floor of the Supercenter on South Walton Boulevard in Bentonville. There are three projectors displaying colorful ads on the floors in the toy department. Fayetteville-based Field Agent sent agents to the store on Wednesday (April 17) to chronicle their reactions to the ads. Agents responded by saying the LED signs on the floor were […]

  • Easter Spending On A Downward Trend To $18.11 Billion This Year

    (TB&P) — Fewer consumers are planning to celebrate Easter this year, and overall spending at retail is expected to be $18.11 billion, down roughly $50 million from a year ago. Easter spending peaked in 2017 at $18.36 billion and has trended downward since, according to the National Retail Federation and its annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The report for 2019 indicates average per capita spending at $151.25, higher than last year’s $150.05. The survey found 79% of […]

  • Bentonville Film Festival Partnering With The Unexpected, New Mural Planned

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (TB&P) — Art is connecting Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith metro thanks to a partnership announced Tuesday (April 16) between the Bentonville Film Festival and The Unexpected in Fort Smith. According to a statement from The Unexpected, the Bentonville Film Festival will bring a short documentary program and a feature film, along with filmmakers and cast to downtown Fort Smith. “Enlarging the territory of the festival has always been a goal of Bentonville Film Festival, according to […]

  • Democrat Josh Mahony Considering 2020 Challenge To U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton

    A Democratic challenger to Arkansas incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton may have emerged. Talk Business & Politics has confirmed that 2018 Third District Democratic Congressional candidate Joshua Mahony of Fayetteville has had multiple conversations in-state and with national groups about a bid to run against Cotton in 2020. Mahony says he is contemplating a run. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I can confirm that I am interested in the race. I’ll have more […]

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