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story.lead_photo.caption Mayor Frank Scott Jr. tweeted his support for bringing sports venue Topgolf to Little Rock.

Frank Scott Jr. may not be Little Rock’s mayor yet, but he’s already talking with residents about what businesses they’d like to see come to the city. And he's named at least one he'd like to see open in his first year in office: Topgolf.

Since Scott was elected mayor on Tuesday, he has been active on Twitter, retweeting congratulations about his successful campaign and engaging with constituents about their ideas for city development.

One idea floated on Scott’s feed was to attract Topgolf, the Texas-based indoor golfing and entertainment venue with locations across the country, to Arkansas' capital city. The mayor-elect embraced the suggestion, and on Monday tweeted at the chain asking to "find time in the near future to have some serious discussions."

State Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock, was among the residents who earlier tweeted their support of the proposal.

“We should tell them that this location has interstate frontage and is in walking distance of newly renovated hotels, restaurants, and a new 30 acre development with tenants to be announced soon," he wrote. "Also, Little Rock loves [Topgolf].”

Scott tweeted at the company, writing, “I love [Topgolf] and would love for them to strongly consider coming to [Little Rock] in 2019!”

Topgolf, which already has plans for a location in Northwest Arkansas, replied to Scott on Twitter.

“We would love to come to Little Rock, but nothing official to share yet," it wrote on its official feed.

Scott replied by asking the company to "please let us know" whatever the city can do to help attract the chain.

"We have great locations with high traffic counts, new and renovated hotels, and residents with a desire for more entertainment options," the mayor-elect wrote.

Jonathan Wardlaw, a resident of Little Rock, wrote that he would like to see Topgolf anchor a sports complex with fields for ball games at War Memorial park. “Think of the revenue soccer tournaments in the area could bring in,” he wrote in a post retweeted by Scott.

A local TV news anchor also tweeted support of the Topgolf idea. Scott responded: "You’ve been added to the market research team!"

Other businesses mentioned in tweets at Scott included Trader Joe’s and The Cheesecake Factory.

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  • RBear
    December 10, 2018 at 11:26 a.m.

    Please. This is how Scott plans to grow our city? Gee, maybe I should suggest bringing a Six Flags Theme Park or something like that. BTW, average hourly wage at a TopGolf is $7.99 with the Kitchen Manager bringing in $16.19/hour. Oh, and that sports complex for War Memorial? Ever seen the topography of the area? Sometimes I wonder if some people actually think through their ideas.
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    Regardless, I'm still waiting for some big rock ideas from this big talking mayor-elect.

  • Foghorn
    December 10, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

    I think a lot of people would oppose turning WM Park into a soccer complex, especially if it eliminated the playground and golf course. Horrible idea, Jonathan Wardlaw. Top Golf somewhere in LR is fine but hardly what I would call a transformational idea.

  • Jfish
    December 10, 2018 at 12:41 p.m.

    Agree with rbear and fog, fine if he wants to attract more "stuff" like TG, but let's not continue to indiscriminately clear areas along Highway 10, Chenal and I-430 so that the concrete and asphalt developments (auto sales, churches, colleges, apartment complexes, basspro, just to name a few) can be seen from the roadways.

  • purplebouquet
    December 10, 2018 at 12:46 p.m.

    Aldi!

  • Razrbak
    December 10, 2018 at 12:52 p.m.

    Not a surprises from a guy that got pulled over for DWI with a ho. It's time for him to come clean about that sealed criminal case.

  • titleist10
    December 10, 2018 at 1:07 p.m.

    He’s talking about golf when we have so much black crime? What’s he going to do about murders drive bys and gang violence?

  • Foghorn
    December 10, 2018 at 1:10 p.m.

    Razorback - You’ve become the equivalent of one of those annoying pop up ads I can’t seem to block. You’ve made the same claim for months or longer, throughout the campaign. You need to cite a source or provide some semblance of evidence. I didn’t vote for the guy so I’m not defending him. You simply have no credibility and need to stand down unless you can support your repeated claim.

  • Foghorn
    December 10, 2018 at 1:29 p.m.

    I’ve said I’ll reserve judgement on Scott for his first 100days, but that doesn’t mean I can’t offer developmental feedback. I think he needs to avoid pronouncements like this unless he can link them to one or more of his 5 stated ‘agendas’: Opportunity, Jobs, Public Safety, Inclusion, Mobility. Unless Top Golf is going to undertake an after school program to teach underprivileged kids how to play golf - which is a valuable skill in business - I’m not clear on where or if it fits.

  • Westrock
    December 10, 2018 at 1:40 p.m.

    Let’s make the city more attractive to businesses on its own merit, not by giving tax breaks and incentives that come out of our packets.

  • RBear
    December 10, 2018 at 1:58 p.m.

    Agree, Foghorn. I would prefer Scott focus on building the agenda and then sticking to it for the city. This thing of chasing shiny objects in Little Rock has got to stop. 100 days and here's what to expect from Scott.

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