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Okay, supposedly this report is "unconfirmed" at this point, and we first saw it reported by our buddies at the Fayetteville Flyer. But on further inquiry (the informal kind), we discovered that the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce has it posted on their website... and that's all the confirmation we need to share it with you folks as well. So, it looks like Academy Sports & Outdoors, with nearby locations in Rogers and Fort Smith, is looking to set-up-shop on Steele Boulevard, just south of the Malco Theater and across the street from the One Steele Plaza professional complex. With this speculated addition to Steele Boulevard, the traffic along the 4-lane road that is seldom used is sure to pick up. We may even see (eventually) a traffic light go up at the intersection of Steele & Van Asche. Academy Sports is a national retail brand with 4 stores across the state of Arkansas. The Fayetteville store will be the 5th in the state and the 2nd in the Northwest Arkansas metro. The 74 year old retailer specializes in every assortment of sporting equipment including camping, fishing, hunting and your everyday recreational sports stuff. Keep an eye on the "UPTOWN Scoop" as we report developments on this story as they become known.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Crossover Road Project


The Olive Loom Boutique is moving its operations to North Fayetteville. The new store will be located at Georgetown Square, the retail strip tucked away just north of Metropolitan Bank and behind J-Perry's Jewelry & Gifts. The OLB currently operates in Downtown Fayetteville, and offers an assortment of custom made wears, including slippers, wrap skirts, bags, aprons & more. The designer-duo also offer sewing and custom design classes to groups of all ages. Patrons are also able to shop available selections online via their website. Their scheduled official opening in the new location is unknown at this point. We will keep an eye on their activity and let y'all know (that's right, we said y'all...!).

Liberty Bank Ground Breaking


You can tell that Spring is here because there's plenty going on in April... and that's no April Fool's prank! Other than Easter Weekend on the 7th & 8th, there are lots of activity for month 4 of 2012, and not just in the UPTOWN district... we're talking region-wide! Here are some of the events we've been able to tally up...

Downtown Fayetteville's Farmers Market Season Opener | April 7
Washington Regional Annual Gala | April 10
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Season Opener | April 12
American Heart Association's NWA Heart Walk | April 14
The Red Cross Celebration of Heroes | April 14
36th Annual Hogeye Marathon & Relays | April 15
The NWA Multiple Sclerosis Walk | April 21
Arkansas Razorback's Football Red-White Game | April 21
The Annual Restore Humanity Wine Dinner
| April 22
The Annual Plant Sale at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks | April 27 & 28
The Dogwood Festival at Siloam Springs | April 27 to 29
The 14th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure | April 28

With all these events (we're sure we're missing others..) scheduled, it looks like every weekend is booked, with some events occuring during the week. We are yet to learn anything about the Annual SpringFest on Dickson Street... kinda wondering if it will happen this year?

New Furniture Store on Joyce Blvd.


You know, competition in business is rough... but that's what makes America great! National electronics retail giant, "Best Buy" recently announced that it will close 50 of its stores nationwide, following it's dissmal 4th quarter earnings release on Wall Street. According to media reports - including Yahoo! Finance - online retailers like Amazon & Walmart have given Best Buy a run for their customer's dollars. The electronics giant, largely responsible (and complimented for its aggressive strategy) for putting rival Circuit City out of business in 2008, has seen a decline in sales as more and more customers have turned to the Internet for electronic and gaming purchases. So, the obvious question for us is... will either (or both) of the NWA stores be affected by this decision? While we certainly don't think so because of the regions relatively firm economic stance and growth potential, it is still too early to confirm which stores will be affected. Stay tuned...

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