Business Briefs for Jan. 5

LSU AgCenter holding rice clinics for growers

The LSU AgCenter will conduct a series of rice clinics in January throughout the rice-growing areas of Louisiana to help farmers get ready for the upcoming crop year.

Topics will include variety selection and field preparations; controlling weeds, insects and diseases; research to be conducted for new variety development and agronomic practices; and an economic outlook for rice.

The sessions will be held:

Jan. 6: Bunkie; Masonic Lodge, 300 Floyd St.; 8:15 a.m.

Jan. 7: Welsh, Welsh Community Center, 101 Palmer St.; 8 a.m.

Jan. 8: Ville Platte, Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., 8 a.m.

Jan. 9: Crowley, Acadia Parish Extension Office, 157 Cherokee Drive; 8 a.m.

Jan. 10: Kaplan, American Legion Hall, 1504 American Legion Road, 8 a.m.

Jan. 29: Rayville, Rayville Civic Center, 827 Louisa St., 9:25 a.m.

Jefferson chamber plans annual luncheon

METAIRIE — The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel at 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Wan Kim, chief executive officer of Smoothie King, is the keynote speaker. He will discuss the company’s expansion and move to Jefferson Parish, as well as recharging the brand.

Chambers officials also will review accomplishments, preview 2014 plans and recognize new leaders.

Individual tickets are $50 for chamber members and $60 for future members. Register at

Fred’s dollar store open on Greenwell Springs

Fred’s Super Dollar has opened at 10710 Greenwell Springs Road in Baton Rouge.

The discount merchandiser’s 16,000-square-foot prototype store has a new layout, lighting, shelving, aisle widths and signage and features an expanded food selection that doubles traditional fred’s Super Dollar food offerings. The store, which carries more than 2,200 items for $1, also has a pharmacy with a drive-through window.

Store hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday. Pharmacy hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The pharmacy is closed on Sunday. The store’s phone number is (225) 275-7478. The pharmacy is (225) 272-4460.

Fred’s Super Dollar operates more than 700 discount general merchandise stores, including 21 franchised Fred’s stores in 15 states in the southeast. Its website is