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  1. Northwest Arkansas (NWA) actually has two 'Pei We Asian Diner' locations ... the restaurant in Rogers on Pauline Whitaker Parkway opened in 2015 and the location in Fayetteville on the 'University of Arkansas' campus (only the second on campus location in the USA) opened this year.
  2. It doesn't make sense that they would purposely shun the state of Arkansas ... the two main metro areas (Central Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas) must not meet certain criteria they look for in new locations and it most likely could be population. Northwest Arkansas just recently crossed over 500,000 people and from what I understand, that is the population threshold to reach before many will even consider an area for expansion regardless of other factors. As far as Chattanooga - that city is undergoing great change - almost a Nashville like 'evolution' so I can see why The Cheesecake Factory would choose the area. Plus, Chattanooga has a solid year-round tourism draw with Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls and the Tennessee Aquarium and the Volkswagen assembly plant has made a major impact on the regions economy.
  3. Fayetteville's 'bike-share' program is about to roll out ... The program will launch this summer and will include 290 7-speed bicycles and 50 pedal electric assist bicycles. Below is a look at the custom colors and branding with Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas graphics. Bicycles will be available around the downtown area, along city trails and on the UofA campus along with other areas throughout Fayetteville.
  4. Whimsy Cookie Company, a Memphis based boutique bakery, is opening a location in Fayetteville next to Starbucks. Plans are to open by mid November at the North College Avenue location.
  5. I think your right ... I could see over time NWACC evolving into a 4-yr liberal arts college while maintaining 2-yr degree programs centered around professional and technical curriculum. Earlier this year the college announced plans to break ground on a Springdale campus adjacent to the Arkansas Children's Hospital with a direct correlation to meet the demand for healthcare professionals.
  6. There have been several articles in local media lately about Northwest Arkansas Community College considering building dorms on campus. So is this the first step to NWACC becoming a full fledged 4-year university in the future? I believe they already offer a few 4-year degree programs and there have been discussions of adding sports programs to NWACC - seems adding residence halls on campus would certainly accelerate growth for the college. NWACC currently has an enrollment of 7,700+ students with another 7,000 non-traditional students.
  7. Interesting location ... just far enough off I-49 that it won't be seen by travelers but I guess thats ok. I wonder if the hotels off the Wedington Drive exit (Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn & Suites) rely upon University functions for their customer base? I've also noticed the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Van Asche Drive (across from Altitude Trampoline Park) is almost complete ... possibly trying to be open by the first football game September 1st.
  8. As part of Arkansas Children's hospital system - Arkansas Children's Northwest ... the areas first and only children's hospital is possibly the single best amenity added to our area that will allow Northwest Arkansas to continue to grow. The 37 acre 233,000 campus provides pediatric care with state-of-the-art technology and expert care. The hospital offers impatient beds, emergency care, surgical services, diagnostic services and clinical space. The campus also includes nature trails and gardens for patients and families, as well as a helipad and refueling station for the Angel One Transport team. Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock is highly regarded as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the United States with over 500 physicians, 200 residents and 4,400 support staff.
  9. I've drove by this interchange a few times while under construction ... the tunneled entrance-exit ramps are an interesting way to keep traffic moving.
  10. Sounds like the dedicated access road to XNA has been put on the fast track ... now that the first segment of the interchange of I-49 and the 412-Bypass is complete (is that called Hwy-612?) it sounds like a 4 mile road that stems from the new bypass is the tentative plan.
  11. The Cabela's store in Rogers will be converted to a 'Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Store'. The conversion will start this month and combine the Bass Pro, Cabela's, and Tracker Boats brands under one roof. They will expand the fishing department by 85%, the apparel department by 40% and add a two story glass front to highlight the boat and all-terrain vehicle business. This is the first redesign of Cabela's since Bass Pro acquired them last year.
  12. XNA reported a solid month for June 2018 with 153,365 total passengers which is a 9.24% MTD increase / YTD up 6.17% over 2017.
  13. Fayetteville Flyer is reporting that a Branson promoter has purchased the former AQ-Chicken building and will be opening a diner/steakhouse/entertainment venue ... says the building will be split into a butcher-block steakhouse on one side and bar on the other side to host late night comedy. Interesting. Anyone think Smudgies Dessert Lab will last? Seems every time I drive by the place is empty. Maybe once the university is back in session business will pick up but seems like Fayetteville will only support so many 'sweet treat' type places.
  14. Its unfortunate this forum doesn't have representation from Benton County ... probably more stuff going on in Bentonville / Rogers than the rest of the state combined! Anyway, the Bentonville area currently has several new hotel developments in the works: Westin Element / 4-story 107 room / located on South Walton Boulevard (construction almost complete) Hilton Home2Suites / 5-story 119 rooms / located on Southeast Griffin Drive (large scale development plans submitted) Marriott Creekside Courtyard / 5-story 121 rooms / located on Pinnacle Hills Promenade (under construction) And last month, Tom Walton announced plans for a new full service hotel between 100 and 200 rooms on Central Avenue. Walton was involved with bringing the 21C hotel ( https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville/ ) to Bentonville in 2013. Hotel brand affiliation has not been announced at this point but is being labeled a 'signature amenity'. Project is in the early stages of design with groundbreaking expected in 2019.
  15. Ozark Regional Transit plans to order 12 new transit buses with a $3.6-million federal grant awarded after last years fire destroyed 20 buses. Buses will seat between 29 and 37 people with room for 10 standing plus bicycle racks - and will be a combination of 30-ft and 35-ft buses at a cost of $350,000 each. Earlier this year ORT added 8 new buses to start replacing the destroyed fleet and the 12 new buses, expected to arrive by March 2019, will complete the replacement. Immediately after the fire last January, several metro transit services around the country were incredibly generous and instrumental in keeping Ozark Regional Transit operational by loaning or donating buses ... including: Razorback Transit of the UofA, Dallas TX Area Rapid Transit, Pittsburgh PA Port Authority, Key West FLTransit, Wichita KS Transit, Springfield MO CU Transit, Athens GA Transit, along with many other organizations who are listed on the ORT website: https://www.ozark.org/about-ort/news/225-rtr
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