Wayne Risher, Commercial Appeal

Wayne Risher

Commercial Appeal

Memphis, TN, United States

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Past articles by Wayne:

A peek inside the IKEA Memphis store before it opened in 2016

Tennessee's first store by the Swedish furniture and home furnishings retailer opened for media previews before it opened to the public in 2016. → Read More

Bass Pro Shops reeling in steady surplus for Downtown's tourism-boosting fund

Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid logged $45.6 million in sales in its third full year, down slightly, but experts believe the figure is sustainable going forward. → Read More

Two key challenges for Downtown revitalization efforts move toward resolution

Downtown board on Tuesday will consider tax breaks for a 120-key hotel at 380 Beale and a retail and office building at 18 S. Main. → Read More

Downtown commission's $447,000 master plan, first in decades, will guide smart growth

Downtown Memphis Commission has chosen Canada-based, publicly traded Stantec to guide its most comprehensive planning effort in more than 30 years. → Read More

Memphis police recover body from Mississippi River

Police are not saying if the body is that of a Mud Island concert-goer who went in the water and disappeared Friday night. → Read More

New Elvis Presley Enterprises lawsuit seeks clarity on FedExForum non-compete clause

Elvis Presley Enterprises, operator of Graceland and related attractions, filed suit Friday regarding FedExForum's non-compete clause. → Read More

Downtown Memphis agency raises bar for minority spending, strives to beat goal

Downtown Memphis Commission sets its sights on 25 percent minority participation in contracting, recommends new goal for tax breaks, loans, grants → Read More

Three more female workers at XPO Memphis warehouses file bias charges, union boosters say

Labor activists say 3 more women at XPO Memphis facilities have filed harassment complaints with federal agency, bringing total to 11 since April. → Read More

FedEx gives first forecast of increased capital spending for hub expansions, aircraft buys

FedEx said Tuesday it expects capital spending to run 8.5 to 9 percent of revenues in fiscal 2020, after falling to 8 percent during the current budget year. → Read More

Top FedEx execs see Memphis-based FedEx Trade Networks as companywide 'force multiplier'

FedEx chief Smith and EVP Subramaniam believe FedEx Trade Networks is on track to bolster business by air, ground, sea, e-commerce. → Read More

Memphis Tourism aims to boost visitor count with soulful new calling card

Memphis Tourism agency coins new catchphrase to replace a 23-year-old tagline of advertising and marketing efforts. → Read More

Binghamton apartments, Southgate revamp win tax breaks; Shelby Farms area project advances

Tax breaks were approved Wednesday for two apartment developments in Binghamton, revamp of Southgate Shopping Center → Read More

FedEx profits soar above expectations, aided by tax cuts, pricing, volume growth

FedEx's quarterly and annual results beat analysts' expectations, thanks in part to federal tax cuts, volume growth and higher rates. → Read More

FedEx partnership with U of M adds IT command center, 45 technology jobs for students

UMRF Ventures has hired 45 students to work in the FedEx IT Command Center – Systems Analytic Group at the University of Memphis. → Read More

Four people shot, at least one dead, in southeast Memphis Saturday afternoon

Police were investigating shootings that left one person dead and three wounded in a southeast Memphis neighborhood Saturday afternoon. → Read More

UFC president scouts for talent, teams up on Beale Street with Memphis wrestling legend

Officials with Memphis-based V3Fights said Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White's weekend visit to Memphis was a 'huge deal' for local mixed martial arts scene. → Read More

AT&T warehouse workers protest company's response to alleged racial gesture

Allegation of noose gesture in Memphis warehouse brings investigation by AT&T, but workers said they weren't satisfied the company responded adequately. → Read More

Sam's Club marks opening of first in national web of e-commerce centers

Sam's Club marked completion Thursday of the conversion of a store at 1805 Getwell in Memphis to the company's first e-commerce fulfillment center. → Read More

Pittsburgh investment group adding 10 S. Main apartments to Memphis portfolio

Alpha Capital Partners is expanding its Memphis multifamily holdings with purchase of 10 S. Main, the historic Commerce Title Building. → Read More

Panama, Jamaica meet up in Memphis at new Downtown restaurant

Curry N Jerk set to open at 126 Monroe. → Read More