Company announces it has bought Hays clothing store

Tech Friends buys Hays store

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Tech Friends, Inc. of Jonesboro announced it will move into the old Hays Store building, 2215 E. Highland.

Bob Shipman, the company's president, told Region 8 News on Monday morning that the company has purchased the building, located at the corner of East Highland and Caraway Road.

In a media release, Shipman said they currently have over 50 local jobs but plan to expand to over 200 during the next few years.

He said he wants to hire locally.

"We believe Northeast Arkansas produces people just as smart, as talented, and as motivated as anyone found in Silicon Valley," Shipman said.

For more information on Tech Friends, click here.

Last week Hays announced it would close all three of its stores in Jonesboro, Searcy, and Judsonia. A family member plans to open another store next summer, called "Hays2 The Next Generation."

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android