TAMPA — As a native of Tampa, Arthur Savage has always had a passion for his hometown's history. And as a third-generation owner and operator of A.R. Savage & Son, a Tampa-based shipping agency, his affinity for his hometown also extends to its local waterways.
Savage decided he wanted to chronicle the history of Tampa Bay's waterfront as a way to marry the two.
"But I'm no historian and I'm no writer," said Savage, during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "I knew I would need help to do this."...
Publix Supermarkets is investing more heavily in its online and app development by naming a new vice president to head this growing department.
The Lakeland-based grocery chain announced Monday that Erik Katenkamp has been promoted to vice president of omnichannel and application development.
Katenkamp was "instrumental" in launching the Publix grocery delivery collaboration with Instacart, which began last summer. In this new role, Katenkamp will focus on new online and app-based strategies for Publix, a release said....
TAMPA —Port Tampa Bay's governing board approved a new spending and expense policy Tuesday amid recent reports of excessive spending among its employees.
The revised policy, which went into effect Tuesday, forces port officials to forgo renewing golf memberships or Tampa Bay Lightning season tickets and will require detailed documentation of all business and travel-related expenses. Port employees will be required to attend a training session about the new policies and to fill out a new form to document every expense. ...
08/11/17 Economic Development
The city of Tampa is on the cusp of a total makeover. With billions of dollars in investment and dozens of new apartment, condo, office and cultural buildings in the pipeline, the city's skyline and surrounding communities are poised to look a whole lot different than what it does today.
But dreaming up the future of Tampa doesn't come without its challenges. For all the promises of a new urban core filled with hotels, parks, food halls and stores, there are also potential pitfalls. ...
Anthony Hucker is now the official president and CEO at Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and several other grocery store chains.
Hucker, 51, has served as interim president and CEO since July when the company's former chief, Ian McLeod, resigned to take a job with an Asian grocery chain. Hucker previously served as the company's chief operating officer. He was officially instated as the current president and CEO Thursday, according to a press release....
Times Staff Writer
Two daily newspapers in Florida, the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and the St. Augustine Record, have been sold to GateHouse Media Inc., a company that already owns nine other daily newspapers in Florida.
Morris Communications announced Wednesday that it was selling 11 of its newspaper operations to GateHouse, and its Lubbock, Tex.-based commercial print operation. The sale is part of the company's strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle and niche publications, according to a press release. News Media Investment Group, the parent of GateHouse, reported the purchase price as $120 million. The deal is expected to close on Oct. 2. ...
TARPON SPRINGS — When Theo Prodromitis was looking for a way to revamp her in-home party business selling sponges sourced locally from the Sponge Docks, she went online.
There are dozens of ecommerce platforms for entrepreneurs to sell products to virtually anyone, anywhere on the Internet — Walmart.com, Jet.com, Etsy.com, and Ebay.com are just a few that work with third-party sellers. But Prodromitis chose the biggest one of all: Amazon Marketplace....
ST. PETE BEACH — The Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach was recently named on a list of the "Best Historic Hotels" by USA Today.
The 277-room "Pink Palace," which has been an icon on St. Pete Beach for decades, was built in 1928. The hotel was recognized by USA Today for its history and restoration. It ranked No. 7 on USA Today's Top 10 list. The No. 1 historic hotel was the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich....
TAMPA — Getting dropped off or picked up in an Uber or Lyft is legal now at Tampa International Airport, and those ridesharing companies are paying the airport to do so.
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board of directors approved contracts with rideshare companies Uber, Lyft and Wingz Thursday morning to drop off and pick up passengers at the airport. In agreeing to the contract, rideshare drivers will pay a per-trip fee of $3 for each ride beginning this month....
Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Mike Griffin to the Tampa Port Authority due to recent reports of excessive spending at Port Tampa Bay.
Griffin, 36, is the senior managing director of Savills Studley Occupier Services in Tampa. He also is the current chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Griffin received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning Aug. 1, and ending Nov. 15, 2019....
Lakeland-based Publix Supermarkets' stock price dipped although sales and profits increased during the second quarter of 2017.
Effective today, Publix's stock price decreased from $39.15 per share to $36.05 per share, the company rerported. The grocery chain's stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to Publix associates and the company's board of directors. This is the sixth time in recent quarterly results that the company has decreased its stock value. Since Publix is not publicly traded, its stock price fluctuates based on what the company is valued at....
Tampa shoppers might have noticed this week that their Winn-Dixie grocery store on East Hillsborough Avenue doesn't have the usual red banner out front anymore. Instead it's green.
Inside, the store has been painted bright yellow. That's because on Wednesday, the former Winn-Dixie store at 2525 E. Hillsborough Ave., will officially become the first Harveys Supermarket to open in Tampa. Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, Harveys, Bi-Lo and Fresco y Más grocery stores, is converting seven Winn-Dixie stores in Florida into Harveys Supermarkets in an effort to expand the Harveys brand in the state. All seven stores, which are mainly in the Central Florida region, will open in their communities on Wednesday morning....
TAMPA — Inside a nondescript white-washed office building across from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa is one of the state's first walk-in clinics for patients seeking medical marijuana.
Similar to a walk-in urgent care center, Tetra Health Care is a place where patients can see a licensed doctor about obtaining medical marijuana as a form of treatment.
Tracilea Young, president and founder of the California-based chain of clinics, saw an opportunity to expand in Florida after the most recent round of legislation passed in Tallahassee earlier this year. She's opened six Tetra Health Care clinics in Florida so far. Five of those are in the Tampa Bay area, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and Brandon locations. She plans to open 20 more across the state by next year....
TAMPA — The parent company of Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba's Italian Grill hopes investing in restaurant delivery and international expansion will stem sluggish sales and slumping traffic at its U.S. restaurants.
Casual dining chains, from Outback to the Olive Garden, have struggled to stand out amid a slew of new restaurants that have opened recently. Consumers preferences have changed too, as many are opting for local and independent eateries over chains. New trends, from restaurant delivery apps like Uber Eats to at-home meal programs like Blue Apron are forcing restaurant chains, like Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands, to rethink their strategy to draw more diners, as seen in Bloomin' Brands' most recent earnings report released Wednesday. ...
TAMPA — Cott Corp., a beverage manufacturer with headquarters in Tampa and Toronto, announced Tuesday it is selling its national beverage manufacturing business to Refresco for $1.25 billion.
Cott Beverages is a 60-year-old business that grew to become one of the world's largest producers of beverages like sodas, for major retailers, brand owners and distributors. Cott Beverages generates an estimated $1.7 billion in revenues through customers in North America and the United Kingdom, the company said in a release. ...