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  1. 5 hours ago, Arkanzin said:

    It may be open now, but this article indicates it will be closed soon. 

    Arvest to close 31 locations on June 30.

    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. 2 hours ago, Arkanzin said:

    The former Zoe's Kitchen is being remodeled so it can be....a bank.  Chase Bank is expanding into the Little Rock Metro.  It is opening a larger location on South University near The District.  It is also opening branch banks and the former Zoe's Kitchen will be one of them.  Remodeling is happening now, including construction of drive-thrus.  

    There are several former Arvest Bank locations just down the street that are now vacant.  The one in front of Planet Fitness is closed and up for lease.  The one in The Heights at Cantrell and University is now vacant.   I'm not sure why those locations, already made for a bank, couldn't be of use to Chase.  

    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. 1 hour ago, MDC26 said:

    Well, glad to hear that.  Google maps already has it listed as a Delta Hotel.  I stayed in one in Ontario Canada a year and a half ago.  I think its on the same level of Crowne Plaza, just switching from InterContinental to Marriott brand.  

    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. 22 hours ago, LR501 said:

    Happened upon the site of a Dallas-based restaurant chain called Press Waffle Co. and discovered that a SoMa location is planned in the new 1424 building. Looks like it was featured on Shark Tank last year, receiving an investment from Barbara Corcoran. 

    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. On 4/15/2019 at 7:47 AM, theman said:

    Noticed that a couple of weeks ago. I wonder what it means for the building in the background that also has the Simmons logo on it?

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 2 hours ago, Architect said:

    The DemGaz reported today that Cantina Laredo is closed, and it's uncertain if it's permanent.  Chalk this up to COVID-19.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. On 8/11/2019 at 8:23 AM, ndark said:

    Anybody know what if anything is going in at the old Andina location on 3rd?  There is paper up on the windows and I saw some guys working going in and out the other day. Maybe they are just clearing it out but it looked like they were doing some renovation. 

    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.

  10. On 2/14/2019 at 8:55 AM, Smith said:

    It's a Western Sizzlin Express whatever that means and I think it has a drive thru.  The lawsuit is more about the franchise rights and a little more in depth than just menu items. The WS guy had first applied for a Steak N Shake franchise license in Greenbrier but was denied so then applied for the WS license. He claims he would not have spent the money on WS if he had known a SNS was still coming after he was denied. He is suing for lost profits and to be released from the franchise contract. I can understand his frustrations but WS would not have been my second choice after being denied.

    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.

  11. On 7/11/2019 at 5:21 PM, vbfl85 said:

    I have heard the John Barrow area referred to as West Little Rock by the local news media. 

    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".

  12. 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.

  13. 9 hours ago, theman said:

    Stephens Inc. is buying a couple of buildings on Louisiana St. between 2nd and 3rd for the space for additional parking. Apparently the parking deck that serves the Stephens building is full. Don’t know if it’s going to be surface parking or another deck.

    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).

  14. On 9/27/2018 at 4:55 PM, vbfl85 said:

    According to Arkansas Business, Moses Tucker wants to redevelop the vacant Kmart into a multi million dollar medical office plaza. 

    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.



  15. 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.

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