LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Tech stocks were among the bright spots on Wall Street Monday. Shares of BlackBerry jumped after the struggling smartphone maker said it would consider a sale.
And Apple, another smartphone maker, saw its stock rise after the blog AllThingsD said the company would announce the latest version of its iPhone on Sept. 10.
Apple shares ending up nearly 3 percent to more than $467.
Russellville to vote on Walmart Neighborhood Market
Russellville voters go to the polls today to decide whether a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is built in their city.
Wal-Mart would like to build a 42,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market at West Main and South Vancouver streets and is even under contract to purchase nearly 9 acres to do so.
In April, the Russellville City Council approved an ordinance to rezone the property for the store.
But about a month after the city council voted for the zoning ordinance, a group called Skyline Joint Venture successfully forced the referendum.
The group says it's worried about increased traffic and the store's proximity to a residential neighborhood.
Members of the opposition also include local business owners who might see increased competition because of the store.
Vikon Farms buys old Petit Jean Plant in Arkadelphia
Vikon Farms, a poultry processing company based in California, announced yesterday plans to locate a new processing facility in Arkadelphia that will employ "more than 172 people within four years."
The company said in a news release that it will invest $5.4 million in the facility at 125 Technology Drive in the Clark County Commerce Park, once home to Petit Jean Poultry plant.
The company also said it will also contract with growers from El Dorado and Union County and at a Vikon-supported hatchery in Prescott.
Gov. Mike Beebe and other local economic development leaders appeared at an event announcing the plant.
Vikon produces a specialty breed of chicken that serves Asian markets. It says its chickens are free-range, naturally grown birds.
Petit Jean Poultry closed the Arkadelphia plant in April 2011 after Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale failed to renew its contract with the company.