AMAZON BRINGS WHOLE FOODS TO YOUR DOORSTEP. FAST.
By Samuel X. Cicci

The corporate titan continues its quest for world domination with the introduction of Whole Foods same-day grocery delivery to Memphis (and Nashville). Amazon Prime members, using the Prime Now delivery feature, can have orders over $35 shipped for free. Delivery times are promised within two hours, although customers can pay an extra $7.99 for 1-hour delivery.

Amazon’s new option steps into a somewhat crowded Memphis marketplace for this type of service, with apps like Shipt and Instacart already having a presence. Specific chains are also getting in on the act, with Kroger operating a curbside pickup in town and Superlo briefly experimenting with a pickup spot on South Main. However, with Prime members already getting discounts on Whole Foods products, Amazon’s service well find a quick advantage.

(Amazon likes Memphis, and chose TriCore Builders in 2017 to construct its new 615,000-square-foot distribution center on East Holmes Road near the airport. Read more about TriCore here.)

WHAT’S GOING ON

– Taziki’s Mediterranean Café will be opening a location this winter in Bartlett. The new restaurant will be at 7974 US-64 and seat about 100 people inside and 25 on the outdoor patio. The restaurant will be 3,000 square feet. The Bartlett location will feature Taziki’s ‘Mediterranean-Coastal’ restaurant design including community tables. Taziki’s research found that half of its business was driven from takeout orders. The restaurant will have a larger space for customers to retrieve their food at the to-go counter.

– If you were looking to find out where Millennials hang out, RENTCafe.com has the data. In Memphis, there are three zip codes with increases in Millennial population. There’s an impressive 59 percent of residents in 38103 who are in that generation. It and zip code 38119 both had a five-year Millennial population increase of more than 17 percent. Not far behind is 38104 with a 14 percent hike over the last five years.

NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

– The efforts by the Memphis River Parks Partnership are continuing. The Commercial Appeal has a story on its ongoing plan to makeover the riverfront here. (Subscription)

– What’s going on with that Beale Street cover charge business? Bill Dries at The Daily News brings us up to date here.

– Memphis-based Sedgwick announced this week that affiliates of funds managed by Washington, D.C.’s Carlyle Group have become the majority owner of Sedgwick in a transaction valued at $6.7 billion. The Memphis Business Journal’s Jason Bolton has the details here. (Subscription)

THE HOT SHEET

Inside Memphis Business magazine has long been running the Hot Sheet feature of promotions and achievements in local business. We’re now running it in our weekly Tip Sheet email blast to keep the info more current.

– Red Door Wealth Management has promoted Daniel Allen to group partner.

– University of Tennessee Health Science Center has named Darrylin Todd associate vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment services.

– Hollywood Feed continued its expansion with a first store opening in Indiana. The company also held a grand opening for its own dog park, Sea Isle Dog Park, in Memphis.

– Anna Wilcox joined Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc., as communications and development manager.

– Memphis Veterinary Specialists hired Stephen Fox to join its team of emergency hospital staff.

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: Chris Bird

President, Dillard Door & Security, Inc. Past president, CrimeStoppers of Memphis. Past President, Door and Hardware Institute, Mid-South Chapter. Past vice president, Construction Specifications Institute. Member, State Leadership Council and State PAC, National Federation of Independent Business. Member, Greater Memphis Chamber, Electronic Security Association, American Society for Industrial Security, and Building Owners and Managers Association. Board member, Regional One Health Foundation.

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

CEO OF THE YEAR

Every year, Inside Memphis Business magazine honors four CEOs who have proven to be exemplary in their fields, leading their companies to success on local, regional, national, and international stages.

Nominations for the 2019 CEO of the Year awards are open. Memphis is graced with tremendously talented, inspiring executives in charge of their companies and organizations, and we want to hear from you about the best in the business. Email your nomination to [email protected]com and include the CEO’s resume and a description of why he or she should get the award: vision, achievements, business philosophy, employee relations, management style, special qualities.

We give out four awards in categories according to the number of employees in the companies: 1-50, 50-200, 200-1,000, and 1,000 and up, so include that information as well. The deadline for CEO of the Year is November 16, 2018. When the nominations are in, an impartial panel will consider the nominees and pick one for each category. Each will be notified and interviewed for the February/March 2019 issue of IMB — and each will appear on the cover of the magazine. A breakfast in late January will honor the four CEOs.