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An Immanuel Baptist Church construction project that includes work to make the former Kroger grocery store at 315 N. Shackleford Road a multiuse "South Campus" will cost more than $7.8 million, a city building permit issued last week said.

The church bought the adjacent Kroger property for $3.65 million in August 2015, seven months after the chain closed the store, which had operated at the site for 31 years.

Immanuel's plans now call for the 47,000-square-foot building on 4.8 acres to include an 800-seat auditorium to be used for classrooms and conferences, a food pantry that will be open once a week and a dental clinic that will offer services monthly. The church also will use it on Sundays.

The Little Rock Planning Commission approved the project in January as well as a 21,500-square-foot addition to the church's main building. The plans also include additional parking. City planning called the project a "quality redevelopment for this commercial property."

Baldwin & Shell, a Little Rock construction firm, is the project's contractor.

-- Noel Oman

Zips acquires 15 new carwashes in 5 states

Little Rock-based Zips Car Wash has acquired 15 new locations, according to a company release Tuesday.

The new sites are in Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky. Zips founder and owner Brett Overman said in a statement through the acquisition the company is focusing on markets where it already has locations with great potential for growth. The terms of the deal were not released.

The acquisitions include five locations in North Carolina from American Pride Xpress Car Wash, bringing the company's stores in the state to 11. In Missouri, Zips purchased four stores from Martin Car Wash and three stores from Westport Car Wash, all stores in the St. Louis area. Zips also bought single car-washes in Oklahoma, Kentucky and in South Carolina.

With the acquisition, the company owns and operates 154 locations in 15 states including Arkansas.

-- John Magsam

State index off 3.75; four stocks drop 2%

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, dropped 3.75 to 417.18 Tuesday.

Four stocks -- ArcBest, Dillard's, Murphy Oil and Uniti Group -- fell more than 2 percent.

"The Dow Jones industrial average was dragged down for the first time in four days by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. after lower pharmacy reimbursements hurt earnings at the drugstore chain," said Chris Harkins, managing director with Raymond James & Associates in Little Rock.

Total volume for the index was 17.5 million shares.

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

Business on 04/03/2019

Print Headline: West Little Rock church's project at former grocery store site to cost $7.8 million


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  • Skeptic1
    April 3, 2019 at 7:50 a.m.

    How many poor people and children in need could they help with that money?

  • malice06220956
    April 3, 2019 at 8:06 a.m.

    Skeptic1 - I guess you didn't bother to read that there will be a free dental clinic and food pantry in the facility.

  • mrcharles
    April 3, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

    OMG, skeptic... what a very worthy statement! Wish more would say this. Like the pyramids on the way to McCain mall, mans ego can be shameful.
    May you have a great day!

  • Architect
    April 3, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

    If you read the article, you would see that the building includes a food pantry and dental clinic for the I guess we’ll see how many they can help.

  • Skeptic1
    April 3, 2019 at 8:17 a.m.

    malice06220956....All I see is the opulent monstrosity dominating the view from the 430 Freeway. They don't need to spend 10 million dollars to open a food pantry or dental clinic, this is another example of the "Money changers" in the temple.

  • RBear
    April 3, 2019 at 8:27 a.m.

    skeptic says, "All I see is the opulent monstrosity dominating the view from the 430 Freeway." Not that I'm a big "Six Flags over Jesus" fan, but if you would actually READ the articles instead of commenting on the headlines you would see how much they do for the community. BTW, how much does your church do for the community?

  • wolfman
    April 3, 2019 at 8:43 a.m.

    I am all for churches helping the community, but sometimes i think it's a competition among churches on whom can have the biggest buildings. Seems to be a waste to build big buildings when nice modest ones would serve god's purpose. Just like when one church in a town puts in a "family life center" they all have to start building "family life centers". yea, we all know they are all basketball courts..smh.

  • LRCrookAtty
    April 3, 2019 at 8:50 a.m.

    I read about the food pantry and dental clinic. However, every homeless person could go to the dentist and the bill be paid in full for a fraction of this money. Also, the food pantry? Just show up with semi trucks full of food in a parking lot and start handing out. You could basically buy the entire warehouse full of food from Sysco and give it to the needy, without transforming a building into something else. It is just another way to say "Look at what we are doing, see our amazing building." Instead of just helping with that money and not asking for recognition.

  • Dontcallmenames
    April 3, 2019 at 8:59 a.m.

    Better than leaving the building empty! There's too much expansion westward when there are plenty of buildings and space closer inwards that could be used rather than all this urban sprawl out west Little Rock.

  • LRCrookAtty
    April 3, 2019 at 9:54 a.m.

    Just think of the shelter for the homeless that could have been built with this money. Enough to convert to a shelter and feed them for 2 years.