100 years ago
Jan. 17, 1921
• Faith in the future of Little Rock as an industrial center is expressed in a practical manner by the Fones Brothers Hardware Company in the construction of their new building at Second and Rock streets, one of the most complete and best arranged buildings of its kind in the state. The building was started even before the big oil strike at El Dorado which is one of the greatest contributing factors toward the industrial upbuilding of a city that can be secured.
50 years ago
Jan. 17, 1971
• A shopping center that its developers say will be the state’s largest will be built on a 56.6-acre tract on McCain Boulevard less than a mile north of Interstate 40 East at North Little Rock, with a new Pfeifer-Blass department store as a major tenant. The Pfeifer-Blass will be one of the largest in the 17-store Dillard group, requiring 15.15 acres of the land area. It also will be the first big move by one of the major Little Rock stores to the North Side. The Pfeifer-Blass store will contain 160,000 square feet of space on two floors, with provisions for adding a third floor and expanding on the north side to provide an additional 80,000 feet, as needed. In addition, the center, to be known as McCain Mall, will have four other major department stores and a variety of other shops and service centers, all of them opening onto an all-weather air-conditioned mall.
25 years ago
Jan. 17, 1996
HOT SPRINGS — The prospect that Garland County and Oaklawn Park leaders will work to bring a gambling issue before voters is a natural, a Little Rock economist said. Charles Venus, who long has tracked the state’s tourism trends, added that Arkansans need to decide whether the state will use casinos to compete with its neighbors for tourists, or be an “island” of nongambling attractions among states that do offer the games of chance.
10 years ago
Jan. 17, 2011
STUTTGART — Grand Prairie Center facility Director Amanda Holsted’s grin widens each time a new nail is hammered into the $15.4 million multipurpose palace on the grounds of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas’ Stuttgart campus. At 63,000 square feet, the nearly complete structure is slightly larger than the college’s main building and will be the second-largest facility of its kind in southeast Arkansas, behind the 90,000-square-foot Pine Bluff Convention Center, which is 37 miles away.