TAMPA — The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Sprouts Farmers Market in the Carrollwood Commons shopping plaza in Tampa Tuesday was the produce section.
Avocados. Dozens of colorful kinds of peppers. Limes, oranges and lemons. I've toured many grocery stores during my tenure as a retail reporter: Earth Fare when it opened in Seminole, Lucky's Market in Naples, Whole Foods 365 in Seattle, just to name a recent few. But the produce department in Sprouts is hard to miss. Located right in the middle of the store, it's one of the biggest I've seen. ...
ST. PETERSBURG —The age of Amazon and online shopping has left a litany of retail casualties in its wake.
Bookstores in particular have been hit hard by online marketplaces where shoppers can virtually find any book they want and have it shipped to their home with just a few clicks of the mouse.
But that doesn't deter Tim Russell and Bobby Hauske, who are about to open a used bookstore in Tyrone Square Mall next month....
Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, is rolling out a new and revamped line of private label products in its latest bid to stand out in a sea of grocery shopping options.
So Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Fresco Y Mas and Harvey's shoppers can expect to see and taste thousands of new and updated private label products in nearly all store departments, from household goods to canned vegetables. Some stores already have a few of these new items on the shelves. ...
TAMPA — Carnival is the latest cruise line to offer cruises to Cuba from Port Tampa Bay.
The Carnival Paradise ship will begin offering voyages from Tampa to Cuba beginning June 29, the cruise line announced Tuesday.
The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 different four- and five-day cruises from Tampa.
Four-day cruises will depart June 29, July 13, Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and 21, and Oct. 5 and 19, as well as May 3, 2018, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana. Five-day voyages will depart Aug. 14 and 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West....
02/14/17 Real Estate
The condominium tower under construction at the former site of the Colonnade restaurant on Bayshore Boulevard has a name: Virage Bayshore.
The Virage Bayshore will be a 24-story, 71-unit tower with views of Hillsborough Bay and the downtown Tampa skyline. The site at 3401 Bayshore Blvd. is considered the last unclaimed parcel on Bayshore Boulevard zoned to be a high-rise tower, according to a press release. ...
02/13/17 Economic Development
TAMPA — Less than a week after a Florida House committee voted to kill the state's job incentives program and tourism marketing agency, Gov. Rick Scott rallied local tourism and economic development leaders in Tampa Bay to help fight back.
While Scott's rallying cries were well supported by the many in the hospitality and economic development communities in Tampa Bay who showed up to listen Monday, his message did not do much to soothe the fears many of them have about a future without Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — Lucky's Market, a natural and organic foods grocer from Colorado, announced it will open at least six new stores in Florida over the next 18 months.
The first Lucky's Market coming to the Tampa Bay area is opening in the summer of 2018 as part of a redevelopment project at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.
Seritage Growth Properties, a New York based real estate developer, is moving forward with plans to demolish the 188,515-square-foot Sears store to make way for a new 151,952-square-foot shopping center, according to building permits filed in St. Petersburg. Leases have already been signed with Dick's Sporting Goods, Lucky's Market and Petsmart, with room for one more anchoring retailer. ...
TAMPA — The going out of business banners are visible from Fowler Avenue as drivers pass by the ailing University Mall.
Soon, the mall's anchoring Macy's department store will close.
When Macy's announced it would close 68 stores nationwide this year amid slumping sales, the three stores from the Tampa Bay area that made the closure list seemed to make a lot of sense. University Mall near the University of South Florida campus has been struggling for a long time. Same with the Lakeland Mall. And clearly Sarasota didn't need three Macy's department stores in one market. ...
President Donald Trump called for a boost in infrastructure spending in a meeting with top U.S. airline and airport executives today, promising to roll back regulations and remake the country's transportation system.
He also voiced support for privatizing America's air traffic control system, according to a top airline industry lobbyist who was in the meeting.
Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano, who was one of six airport executives invited to the sit-down with Trump, said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times that the hour-and-a-half session focused mostly on infrastructure spending and efficiency....
TAMPA — The Bubba the Love Sponge Show has found a new home on the radio waves in Tampa Bay.
Beginning Feb. 13, WWBA-AM 820 will air the show live during the morning time slot of 6 and 10 a.m., according to a press release.
In January, Beasley Broadcast Group's WBRN-FM 98.7 said it would no longer broadcast radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem's show in Tampa Bay following a ratings-tampering lawsuit filed against him by Nielsen, which is claiming $1 million in damages. Clem admitted to the ratings tampering charges at a news conference last year....
TAMPA – The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research on Wednesday announced it was buying International Sight Restoration in Tampa, which will double the company in size, creating one the largest eye banks and distributors of corneas in the world.
With the acquisition, Tampa-based Lions Eye will increase its ocular tissue distribution network to about 80 countries, a release stated....
TAMPA — Tampa data security company ReliaQuest announced Tuesday that it will create at least 150 new jobs at its new headquarters on Harbour Island this year.
ReliaQuest CEO Brian Murphy offered tours to community leaders Tuesday afternoon of its new headquarters at the One Harbour Place office building on Harbour Island. The company moved into the new location about a month ago. It features a large room called the RQ University, where up to 80 employees can be working or training at computers with three monitor screens each. Additional television screens line a wall near the front of the room. ...
People tuning in to HSN might think they're supporting a good cause by purchasing a lapis bracelet from Bajalia International Group, an Orlando company that employs female artisans in developing countries like Afghanistan and India.
What shoppers don't see on their TV screens is the sometimes ruthless business arrangements between Bajalia and its artisans, the company's history of short-changing its craftswomen or the checkered financial past of the company's founder and CEO....
Joe Lopano has been busy. Since taking over as chief executive of the Tampa International Airport in 2011, he and his team have landed more than a dozen new flights, including a handful of high-profile international routes to Frankfurt, Panama City and most recently to Havana, Cuba. Lopano has also spearheaded the single largest airport renovation — a $1 billion overhaul — since the terminal was built in 1971. ...
TAMPA — The University of South Florida on Tuesday morning unveiled renderings of the Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute buildings set to begin construction in downtown Tampa at South Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive this summer.
The renderings offer an early look at USF's future facility, which will house a medical school and a cardiovascular research institute. The $152.6-million building is part of the 50-plus acre redevelopment of downtown Tampa, spearheaded by Strategic Property Partners, a real estate firm backed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates' Cascade Investment. ...