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Bill Pendergist Honored as Member of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

Bill-PendergistEach year, Arkansas Business honors 40 intriguing business and political leaders under 40 years old who bear watching. The Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honorees are nominated by readers and chosen by the editors of Arkansas Business. Congratulations to Bill Pendergist for being chosen as part of the 2016 class of 40 Under 40.

 

Eat My Catfish to Open in Little Rock

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Eat My Catfish lease signing with Travis Hester and his business partner.

Benton-based Eat My Catfish has announced construction on a new location in Little Rock. The restaurant will open at 10301 N Rodney Parham Rd, the former location of Barbara Graves. The plaza sits directly in front of the Breckenridge Theatre at the corner of I-430 and Rodney Parham Rd. Eat My Catfish started as a food truck in Benton in 2008. Owner and President Travis Hester was 24 at the time. In January of 2012, Hester opened their first brick & mortar location in Benton, and their second in Conway in 2013. Eat My Catfish currently operates these two dine-in restaurants, as well as two on-site catering trailers. In 2015, they catered over 350 events. They are also the largest seller of crawfish (cooked and live) in the state of Arkansas, and the 2016 winner of Arkansas Times’ “Best Seafood around the State” award. The new Little Rock store have live crawfish and fresh Gulf Shrimp available for purchase. Diners can expect a wide variety of quick-serve food, including catfish, crawfish, chicken, shrimp, and more. Their philosophy is simple, start with good fresh food, serve it fast and give great customer service. Each location provides ample seating indoors, and the Benton and Little Rock locations include outdoor patio seating. The new restaurant is expected to open in June of 2016 – just in time for Fourth of July crawfish boils. For more information about Eat My Catfish, visit eatmycatfish.com. For media inquiries, please contact info@kangabloo.com.

 

 

Shoppes at Benton land sells for $4.3M

Business news in brief

Shoppes at Benton land sells for $4.3M

Benton Investment Partners purchased 28.65 acres affiliated with the Shoppes at Benton on Friday for a combined $4.3 million.

Included in the transaction was a 23-acre parcel that was sold by Mt. Carmel Investment Co. for $3.4 million. A 5.65-acre tract was sold by MPE Properties Inc. for $910,000.

A T.J. Maxx/Homegoods store and Hobby Lobby are the planned anchor tenants for the Shoppes at Benton, a $30 million-plus development north of Interstate 30 on Alcoa Road. GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, Tenn., announced at a Feb. 22 City Council meeting in Benton that cosmetics retailer Ulta would also be part of the development along with a Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

The development is scheduled to open in early summer 2017.

Hank Kelley and Brooke Miller of Flake and Kelley represented T.J. Maxx and worked with developer Thom Hickman of GBT Realty Corp. and Benton Investment Partners. MPE Properties was represented by Dee Fiser, Wes Martin and John Hathaway worked on behalf of Mt. Carmel Investment.

— Chris Bahn, Business Reporter/Columnist

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas Business Power List 2016

John & Hank

BY ARKANSAS BUSINESS STAFF, Arkansas Business Publishing Group

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006 and last updated it in 2014. There is value, for our readers and for us, in having just a little bit of insight into the people who are leading the largest companies and institutions in the state.

John Flake, 68

Chairman
Flake & Kelley Commercial, Little Rock
John Flake made his reputation as a deal-maker with a string of apartments, office buildings, medical space and retail projects primarily in Arkansas. He was a leading player in making the tallest office building in Arkansas happen: the 40-story Simmons Tower in downtown Little Rock, which opened in 1986 as Capitol Tower and later was called TCBY Tower and Metropolitan National Bank Building. He established Flake & Co. in 1979, the foundational firm of today’s Flake & Kelley Commercial.


Hank Kelley, 60

CEO
Flake & Kelley Commercial, Little Rock
Hank Kelley has helped amass and oversees more than 4.7 million SF of commercial space, one of the largest commercial property portfolios in Arkansas. Perhaps his most recognized works are the tech-related developments for Acxiom and Arkansas Systems in west Little Rock. He became a 2012 member of the Counselors of Real Estate, a professionally prestigious invite. Kelley started his climb with appraising work followed by an associate partnership at Barnes Quinn Flake & Anderson.