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Frank Fletcher's Way: Adapt and Serve Customers This article is available only in print.

Frank Fletcher's Way: Adapt and Serve Customers

Frank Fletcher, the CEO of a diverse empire, says his hotel, restaurants, car lots and fur store all must evolve. His company, which reported $750 million in revenue in 2017, employs about 1,000 people, a number that has steadily grown over the past 20 years.
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Everett Chevrolet Buys Landers Dealership in Benton for $7.5M This article is available only in print.

A 45,626-SF auto complex in Benton, a commercial site in Conway, an apartment project in Jacksonville and a 5,377-SF home in west Pulaski County form this week's quartet of multimillion-dollar transactions.
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Harps Food Stores Contemplates Online Expansion This article is available only in print.

Kim Eskew knows that Harps will eventually have to dip its toe into the e-commerce waters, but he isn't necessarily excited about it.
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