DOGGO DELIVERY

You wake up in the morning, ready to get your day started and prepare for work. Then you hear it: the whimpering. The family dog starts pawing at your leg and becoming increasingly agitated. You look at the dog bowl and realize there’s no kibble left. But the clock’s ticking, and you might not have any time to run to the store during your busy day. What’s a pet owner to do?

Lucky you, Hollywood Feed recently expanded its pet food delivery service. Seven days a week from 9 a.m. any toys, treats, food, or other supplies ordered before 5:30 p.m. are guaranteed to be delivered within the hour. Orders over $75 are eligible for free delivery, while those under the threshold will be subject to a $5.95 service fee.

“This service is ideal for any pet owners who work, are in school, volunteer or are otherwise busy during store hours, making delivery the most efficient option for them,” said Hollywood Feed president Shawn McGhee in a press release. “One of the ways we can make optimal pet care easier for our customers is to bring our natural and holistic pet offerings right to their door.”

In Tennessee, orders can be delivered to Arlington, Atoka, Bartlett, Brighton, Collierville, Cordova, Drummonds, Eads, Germantown, Lakeland, Memphis, Millington, Munford, Oakland, Piperton, Rossville. Mississippi customers can have food dropped off in Hernando, Horn Lake, Nesbit, Olive Branch, and Southaven.

Hollywood Feed delivery drivers are easily spotted with custom-wrapped Nissan Versas designed with the Hollywood Feed logo and the brand’s red and yellow color scheme. For anyone interested in trying the service, visit www.hollywoodfeed.com/today. All delivery purchases will count toward the store’s Frequent Feeders rewards program.

by Samuel X. Cicci

WHAT’S GOING ON

– AutoZone Park’s 20th season is underway after off-season upgrades, improvements, and renovations amounting to $2 million. The camera and video system has been overhauled, with the action now in full high definition on the AutoZone Park videoboard. This will also translate to game broadcasts airing on MiLB.tv and ESPN+. Meanwhile, extended netting goes further down the first and third base lines for Redbirds games, over the tops of the dugouts and down to their far ends. With 901 FC now in residence, a new locker room and training room were built on the basement level of the stadium. These facilities are separate from the Redbirds’ accommodations.

– Gold Strike Casino Resort is making it more attractive for sports wagerers to hang out. It’s Moneyline Sports Bar & Grill, a  three-meal dining and entertainment destination will open this summer. It has a Topgolf Swing Suite and adjacent state-of-the-art Race & Sports Book. Moneyline will have more than 50 large screen TVs to amplify the thrill of victory or, well, you know.

NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

– Tennessee has given film companies $69.1 million in reimbursements or rebates for 68 production projects in Tennessee since 2007, according to a recent report, a move that has yielded $73.2 million in new tax revenues. The sector employs 6,016 in Tennessee, ranking the state sixth among all states in overall employment in the film-production sector. Read Toby Sells’ story in the Memphis Flyer here.

– Edwin Watts Golf will lease an 11,000-square-foot space at Ridgeway Trace Center at Poplar and I-240, moving from its current location at 4625 Poplar Avenue. Read Greg Akers’ story in the Memphis Business Journal here.

– LifeWay Christian Resources will close its 170 brick-and-mortar stores this year, including three in the Memphis area. Jamie McGee’s story in The Commercial Appeal is here.

– FedEx is doing away with annual incentive bonuses, which could cost some employees thousands of dollars. Read Wayne Risher’s story in the Daily Memphian here.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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– Whiskey Warmer: Sample whiskeys from around the world, meet master distillers, and enjoy local food and live music. Ticket ($34) includes 15 tastings and access to all areas of the event. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis. March 22, 6-9 p.m., Overton Square. More info here.

– Camp Expo: Local and area camps show their offerings this year for kids from preschool to 18. Meet camp staff, see videos, and take home informational material. Event is free and at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Admission to the Garden and My Big Backyard is included. March 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. More info here.

– Margarita Festival: Vote on the city’s best margarita makers. Ticket ($34) includes entry to the event and 15 margarita samples, plus food, cash bar, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Memphis. May 11, 3-6 p.m., Fourth Bluff Park. More info here.

THE HOT SHEET

Who’s getting promoted? Who’s closing big deals? Who’s getting awards? Inside Memphis Business magazine’s Hot Sheet has the latest on milestones in Memphis.

– Trezevant added members to its Board of Directors: Oscar AdamsHunt Campbell, and Gerald Walton. The company also hired Paige Patrick (pictured) as sales and marketing coordinator.

– Archer Malmo recently unveiled its work on the Cotton Board’s Forever Cotton Campaign, which showcases how cotton remains a viable product in the marketplace and acts as a sustainable resource in apparel, farming, and cooking.

– Moore Tech College promoted Karen Treas to vice president of career services and industry relations. The school also hired Jerry Johnson (chief financial officer) and Andrea Baird (vice president of student services).

– Stites & Harbison recently completed work on a new website, www.stites.com. The company also hired Lee Pfeiffer as chief information officer.

– Southern College of Optometry named Jennifer Lyerly and Anita Davis to its Board of Governors. In addition, SCO started a Community Advisory Committee of local health care professionals with the goal of guiding the college to reach a wider array of patients and spread the importance of vision care.

– Hollywood Feed continued its national expansion with the company’s first location in Columbus, Ohio.

POWER PLAYER

Inside Memphis Business magazine publishes a list of local Power Players every year. These are the movers and shakers in more than 30 categories who get things done in their respective fields. IMB’s April issue has the complete list. We also publish individual categories in other issues throughout the year, and we feature individual Power Players in our weekly Tip Sheet.

This week’s Power Player is Jeffrey Pearson, CFO, ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Holds degree in accounting, U of M. Certified Public Accountant. With ALSAC for 22 years; in current position since 2006. Former chairman, Evangelical Christian School. Finalist, 2010 CFO of the Year Award, Memphis Business Journal. Married to wife, Mindy, with two children, Hannah and David.

For the complete list of Inside Memphis Business Power Players, go here.

QUOTABLE

“People understand that this contract is the only way forward. But even by the end of this contract, the highest pay scale will still be under $30,000 for an annual salary. And it is the stated goal of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra that being a musician should be one’s primary, professional obligation but that’s simply not possible on the current salary.”

– Robert G. Patterson, musician representative with the MSO, on the new three-year contract signed this week. Read the story here.