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  1. I had forgotten about that, but I still think Chase would want more of a full-service setup close to the Heights — though that may be their only shot IN the neighborhood that already has a dozen other banks as competition. Unless it's already spoken for, the building vacated by Centennial Bank down the hill at the shopping center in Riverdale would certainly seem like an attractive opportunity, especially if that center can be revamped.
  2. According to Arvest's website, the Heights branch is still around, though it's existed solely as a motor bank for some time (after closing an accompanying storefront a few doors down from Tipton Hurst some years ago). That West Markham branch across from Planet Fitness was also a motor bank when it operated. My guess is that in converting the Zoe's Kitchen by Target, Chase is looking for the added flexibility of eventual inside traffic, but one would think the old NBA/Arvest branch at Markham and Bowman would've afforded that well enough. In the same wave of expansion, Chase is also setting up a loan production office across from Pleasant Ridge Town Center, assuming Verizon's old spot in a building it shared with Mattress Firm.
  3. That sounds like a fair assessment. Within Marriott's portfolio, Delta is classified as a "Premium" brand — on a par with the flagship Marriott brand, and above all the portfolio's other brands in the city (and the forthcoming Aloft) that are all at the "Select" level.
  4. I noticed that they also partner with local smaller coffee roasters in their Texas and OKC markets. Might be a great opportunity here for expansion, for someone like Blue Sail or Guillermo's.
  5. It perhaps also speaks to the strength of the company's existing Anthropologie store. And I agree that it'll be a welcome new presence to help fill out the development.
  6. Now more than a year down the road, from the looks of this Facebook post, the naming rights (a "skyline brand opportunity", as the post puts it) for Little Rock's tallest building may be up for grabs again, though there's no mention of that yet on the property manager's website.
  7. I don't know if it's the best measure of how close White and Pulaski counties are to each other, but the distance from Exit 28 in Beebe (near the White-Lonoke county line at Cypress Bayou) to the east end of Republican Road outside of Cabot (near the Lonoke-Pulaski line) is around 13 miles. For comparison, traveling up to the first Searcy exit (#42) from Exit 31 in eastern Beebe is around 12 miles.
  8. Somewhat related to that, the last remaining El Chico in Little Rock had recently closed — which appears to have been in the works for some time prior to the virus outbreak. The two restaurants have a shared parent company, Dallas-based Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. On the CRO website, there's no specific response to the virus in recent news releases.
  9. Conway County could come in on the strength of enough commuters to the city of Conway, which is a co-principal city for the MSA alongside Little Rock and North Little Rock. The average commute time as of 2018 was just shy of 26 minutes, and that's an easy trip from Morrilton to Conway via Interstate 40. But, plenty more may take that time or longer to travel to and/or through farming areas toward the top of the county -- far north of the I-40 corridor.
  10. The remainder between Trader Joe's (the red "LEASED" space in this graphic) and AT&T looks to be about 40% to 50% of the old Toys-R-Us space -- or 14,459 SF, per Flake & Kelley.
  11. For those wondering, here's how close we are to Trader Joe's opening...
  12. Arkansas Business is reporting potential new development of the former Cajun's Wharf building, possibly as soon as November. Like Cajun's, the plan is to use the neighborhood landmark as a restaurant and entertainment venue.
  13. Another chain that bucks the trend in central Arkansas (at least somewhat) is Waffle House, which has a new location in the works for Stagecoach Road in Little Rock, next door to Simmons Bank and across from Edwards Food Giant and its surrounding development.
  14. Leila King, who owns @ The Corner, has signed a lease for the space, according to the Democrat-Gazette's Eric Harrison. Breakfast is part of the plan for the space, but a there's not yet a firm timetable for opening the new restaurant.
  15. Good news for the trail fans around Hillcrest (and those who travel up from Riverdale, too)... https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2019/08/07/new-walking-bike-path-for-allsopp-park
  16. Looks like the Western Sizzlin Express saga in Greenbrier is coming to a close on at least one front. After having posted a sign that the restaurant was closed for remodeling, Eric Harrison reports in this morning's Democrat-Gazette that the building will instead convert to a Dairy Queen — and exceed other central Arkansas DQ locations by about 1,000 sf.
  17. Per Arkansas Business, it'll be a standalone location in an outparcel lot near Chuy's.
  18. I think the definition can vary, depending on who you ask. City director Doris Wright, for example.
  19. Among some folks, the preferred nomenclature for that area is tilting toward West Central Little Rock. Rock Region Metro's #9 route is officially tagged as "West Central/John Barrow Road".
  20. There's some room in the shopping center toward the Mellow Mushroom end, I think. And per Google, the distance from the Shackleford site ranges anywhere from 3.5 to 4 miles, depending on the path taken. From Markham to Cantrell to Shackleford, the distances between each location range from 3 to 4 miles.
  21. It sounds like the Hyden, Miron & Foster law firm will be on the move, if that's the case. Their main building on the corner of 2nd and Louisiana adjoins a 109-year-old building at 212 Louisiana, with the former Vratsinas Construction Company headquarters on the other side further south. (VCC moved to Riverdale within the last year.) You'd think the easier move would've been to buy the surface lot that faces 3rd, and add a deck there (and maybe ground floor shops, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one).
  22. And now that it's underway, here are a couple of photos from the project. The view is from Black Angus, whose property now requires careful attention to enter.
  23. Somewhat on the heels of the Arkansas Arts Center announcing its temporary move to the neighborhood's former grocery store, the owner of the whole shopping center has now bought the 17.6 acres on which it sits. Arkansas Business indicates that the transaction better orients the 36-year-old Riverdale Center toward redevelopment, a notion that may come more sharply into focus once AAC is open and Centennial Bank shifts away from its current site to the Dixie Cafe site. Heading around the corner to Rebsamen Park Road, for those who may have missed it, the folks behind downtown's popular Three Fold restaurant are in the nascent stages of redeveloping the longtime Marshall Clements property into an "8,000 square foot space that has room for food preservation, pastry preparation, pickling, a restaurant and more" (including a sake brewery), as Arkansas Money & Politics reported back in April. Completion of the project may happen close to when AAC exits its temporary home. Further up the road, it looks like KATV might not be so quick to move into Riverdale after all, as plans for a new broadcast tower have been curtailed.
  24. Good news for the Park Hill and Levy neighborhoods: Each of the areas is slated for significant retooling projects carrying through 2021, thanks to federal Jump Start grant funding that will be applied in various ways — including improved pedestrian infrastructure.
  25. It's a bit surprising that US Pizza, popular as it is, hasn't made it farther west in Little Rock proper after all this time — farther than Rodney Parham, at any rate. My guess is that they've long desired a spot in the Chenal or Highway 10 corridors, but lacked a workable location.
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