Conway has had some major announcements over the past few weeks—the sale of Acxiom Marketing Solutions to IPG, the building of Fountaine Bleau luxury apartments in the western part of the Central Landing development and relocation of the Molex Arkansas Design Center in the SWN building.

The downtown area is also astir over the selection of a new location for Conway City Hall. The city has outgrown the current City Hall and has made plans to lease it to Conway Corporation for the development of the Arnold Innovation Center, a space to incubate start-up businesses.

Crain Automotive recently converted its certified pre-owned lot at 1003 N. Museum Road to Crain Hyundai of Conway. Crain, which owns other Hyundai dealerships around the state, recently acquired the Conway Hyundai dealership from Superior Auto Group. The former Hyundai, located at 916 E. Oak Street next to Smith Ford, is now a Superior Select pre-owned lot.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened at its new location, 820 E. Oak Street, this past week. Freshly-churned frozen custard, shoestring fries and cooked-to-order steak burgers. Although the restaurant chain was founded in 2002, a number of locations have been popping up in central Arkansas over the past year.

Pizza Ranch of Conway, 955 Covington Way, held a job fair on July 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn. This new Iowa-based pizza and chicken buffet restaurant is scheduled to open mid- to late-August. Unfortunately, it has announced that it will be closed on Sunday so after-church diners will have to eat elsewhere.

Five Below, located at 1040 S. Amity in Lewis Crossing, will have its grand opening July 20-22. The first 100 in line Friday will receive a mystery ticket worth up to $100. Five Below products, which are aimed at teens and pre-teens, are grouped into eight in-store worlds—Style, Room, Sports, Tech, Crafts, Party, Candy and Now. The chain was founded by the creator and founder of Encore Books and Zany Brainy.

It appears that Cold Stone Creamery has reserved space in the District on Oak commercial rehab located next to the bowling alley. The old skating rink was recently gutted to make room for this new retail space. This 25-year-old company makes ice-cream on frozen granite stone and currently has only three locations in Arkansas.

A Daylight Donuts appears to be opening next to Jimmy John’s in the former Shake’s location at 317 W. Oak.

A Just Eat It! Food truck has established itself next to the Discount Auto Glass store on Old Morrilton Highway. It offers various funnel cake flavors, even listing a funnel cake burger or chicken sandwich on the menu.

Circle H is auctioning off fixtures, old tools, tack and other equine equipment at Back Achers Ranch and Equestrian Center on Saturday, July 21. The auction also included the sale of dining room and kitchen fixtures and equipment at the Legends Bar and Grill. The restaurant has been closed for a few years now.

Greg Pillow announced that his firm, Conway Wealth Management, will be moving to the historic Apple Building at 825 Parkway. The renovated offices should be ready by the end of the year.

Greenbrier restaurant news: Although it appears that the new Steak ‘n Shake restaurant may actually be catching up with the Western Sizzlin’ Express that is opening across Hwy. 65 (Broadview), Western Sizzlin’ Express has already been hiring and has the parking lot paved. Some sources have it opening this week. Steak n’ Shake anticipated an August opening but most likely will not open until September.

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