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Cyd King

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'Dollar' stores merge to fend off retailer

posted: 07/29/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

A deal announced Monday for Dollar Tree Inc. to acquire rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. gives the combined retailer many more stores in the small-store arena than Wal-Mart, even with Wal-Mart's ongoing small-store building spree.

Back-to-school shopping bill to rise 5% to $670 per family

posted: 07/27/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Retail experts expect 2014 back-to-school shopping receipts to jump 5 percent to $670 per household over last year's spending.

Exhibit shows works as realized, rejected

posted: 07/26/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Moshe Safdie, an international architect, has learned as much from his works that never made it past the design phase as he has from the finished projects spanning his nearly 50-year career in architecture.

Pack Rat owner off to capital

posted: 07/26/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Pack Rat Outdoor Center owner Carolyn Crook of is packing for an overnight trip to Washington next week to speak to members of Congress on behalf of small-business owners about, among other things, sales tax fairness.

Wal-Mart U.S. chief Simon to leave

posted: 07/25/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Bill Simon, the face behind Wal-Mart's Made in America initiative, is leaving after eight years with the company and four years as head of the retailer's largest operating segment, Wal-Mart U.S.

U.S. retail forecast for year falls

posted: 07/24/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

A sluggish start in U.S. retail sales in the first half of the year has caused the National Retail Federation to turn back its year-over-year growth forecast to 3.6 percent from 4.1 percent for 2014 even though sales are expected to grow significantly faster over the next five months.

Sculptor Koons lectures at museum

posted: 07/20/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

BENTONVILLE -- Internationally recognized pop artist Jeff Koons' star is on the rise. With a retrospective of his work on display at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art patrons seemed to appreciate he took the time to fly to Bentonville for a day and deliver a lecture at the museum.

Report: Kroger checks Wal-Mart

posted: 07/18/2014 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

A grocery market analyst said in a report this week that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is posing less of a competitive threat to Kroger Co., and, as a result, raised Kroger’s rating and target stock price.

Crystal Bridges exhibit taps 4 in state

posted: 07/16/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

After nearly 1,000 studio visits across the country and hundreds of hours of interviews with largely undiscovered artists, officials at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art have chosen 102 artists for a first-of-its-kind exhibition -- "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now."

Tyson art collection expands under son

posted: 07/13/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

SPRINGDALE -- It's no secret that Tyson Foods Inc. has an intriguing and diverse art collection that stretches the winding halls of its corporate headquarters, though more outsiders have seen it since Crystal Bridges Museum of Art came on the scene nearly three years ago.

Made in U.S. theme of Wal-Mart's event

posted: 07/09/2014 2:35 a.m. Comments 3

Wal-Mart conducted its first-ever "open call" event for suppliers Tuesday, giving about 500 product-makers and inventors a chance to get their American-made products on the retailer's shelves and online.

TUCKER-NORWOOD WEDDING: Lavish floral displays, dance highlight Fayetteville nuptials

posted: 07/06/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- With the bride's father as vice president of Tipton & Hurst florists, the June 28 nuptials of Sydney Norwood and Lance Tucker lacked nothing in color, variety, size and arrangement of flowers. For the couple's reception, 30 to 40 professionals spent four full days transforming the Fayetteville Town Center into a Garden of Eden.

Students craft pavilion for museum

posted: 07/05/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

University of Arkansas architecture students have designed and fabricated pieces for a viewing pavilion that will enable visitors to observe the reconstruction of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Wal-Mart testing staff hiring, training hub

posted: 06/29/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart's largest U.S. market, Dallas-Fort Worth, is burgeoning, and to help keep stores adequately staffed, the retailer is testing a new concept -- a centralized hiring and training center.

Redman gears up its U.S.-made toys

posted: 06/28/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Rogers toy-maker Redman & Associates is weeks away from production of a new Rubik's Cube-type gizmo and two of its signature ride-on toys, just in time for Christmas holiday shipping and stocking. These will be the first American-made products for the company that once imported solely from China.

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