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United Flea Markets Purchases Flea Market Mobile

The Alabama sale marks United Flea Markets’ third acquisition in as many months.

Retail Giants Entrench in Mobile

Retail rivals Wal-Mart and Amazon are opening massive facilities just one freeway exit apart in Mobile County.

Retail Sure Shot

In 1975, Steve Smith took on his first business venture. Hunting was his passion, as was archery — two pastimes that kept...

Leather Goods Home Grown, Hand Made

Michael Stricklin ​ Opelika during the 19th century was on a major rail line for bales of cotton to be shipped...

Firm Footing in Service

Drew Goneke, founder and chief executive officer of residential and commercial flooring company South Cypress in Birmingham, grew up in the flooring...

Homegrown Retailers’ Big Trek

How can a 20-something couple who met in church open a homegrown store and compete, over the long haul, with across-town powerhouses...

Pay-to-Play Big Time Retail

Two years ago in June, the sporting goods retailer Cabela’s announced that it would open an 80, 000-square-foot store in Huntsville. The company...

American-Made Works Big Time at Haleyville's Exxel Outdoors

Barbara Garrison was destined to make sleeping bags, right down to her initials: BAG. And her dedication to her profession, her...

Downtown Gold Standard

Three cities that have nurtured an eclectic collection of locally owned downtown storefronts.

Some Shindig

The house is packed at the 700-seat Shoals Community Theater in Florence, and Alabama Shakes is rockin’ the place with its distinctive blues-and-soul-based...

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Not Making the Grade

Big chunks of Alabama’s infrastructure rate the kind of report card you didn’t want to take home to your parents.

Movers & Shapers, September 2018

Spotlight on Pike, Barbour & Bullock Counties

Surviving and Thriving in Dog-Eat-Dog E-Commerce

Veterinary Internet ships vet supplies to 38 states and four continents, makes swift adaptations in IT, inventory and marketplaces, and stays a nip ahead of Amazon.

Decatur Students Get Hands on Lunar Rover

Students from areas including design drafting, machine tool and welding will work on the project through the end of the fall semester.

Roads and Politics

A permanent solution for dried up road funding includes a gasoline tax increase. But the spark of public support is essential.