Thursday, July 19, 2018

Business News

Kahwa’s next stop after 10 years in Tampa Bay? Publix
Two popular local brands are combining forces: Kahwa announced today it's partnering with Publix to serve its coffee and lattes in 130 store cafes.
[Handout photo courtesy of Kahwa]
ST. PETERSBURG — It’s been Kahwa Coffee co-founders Raphael Perrier’s goal from the start.The chain of Tampa Bay coffee shops he opened with his wife has its roots in wholesale — so he dreamed of one day winning over a big distributor to get inside...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an open inquiry into an incident involving MagneGas Corp. Pictured is Tarpon Police gathering outside the MagneGas plant in 2015. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times, 2015]
OSHA has open inspection into Clearwater company MagneGas
Shoppers look through the aisles of the remodeled Winn-Dixie at 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa. It's the sixth Tampa Bay store the chain has remodeled this year. (Courtesy of Winn-Dixie, July 19, 2018)
Winn-Dixie remodeled in Tampa opens as sixth made-over store this year
Cars pass through the SunPass toll lanes at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge toll booth plaza in St. Petersburg last week. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
State Rep. Janet Cruz calls to cut off state ties with SunPass contractor, waive toll fees

Top Business News

This week in savings: Best Tampa Bay grocery deals for July 18 - 25

This week in savings: Best Tampa Bay grocery deals for July 18 - 25

It’s a regular occurrence for me: Once a week, I’ll take out all the ads that have been mailed to my house and spread them across my tiny glass table.I grab my scissors for any coupons. Pull up any apps for stores whose ads I didn’t get and laugh at ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
We asked readers for tips on how to cut down on plastics. Here are 24 ideas they gave us.

We asked readers for tips on how to cut down on plastics. Here are 24 ideas they gave us.

Many of you are passionate about how to cut down on disposable plastics. You lit up our inbox with suggestions that ranged from the everyday — use cloth shopping bags — to the cosmic — get SpaceX founder Elon Musk to build a space ship capable of dep...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Plastic waste: How have you cut down on it in your everyday life?

Plastic waste: How have you cut down on it in your everyday life?

Starbucks announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws over the next two years. The move comes as other corporate giants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts experiment with ways to cut down on packaging waste.Plastic grocery bag...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Brink: Sure, forgo straws and shopping bags, but innovation is key to tackling plastic waste

Brink: Sure, forgo straws and shopping bags, but innovation is key to tackling plastic waste

Plastic is found in everything from heart stents to fishing nets to athletic clothing. It extends the shelf life of food and improves the fuel efficiency of planes. Undoubtedly, the wonder product has made our lives easier. Unfortunately, the systems...
Updated: 12 hours ago
New 35-story condo tower to rise in Tampa’s Channelside area

New 35-story condo tower to rise in Tampa’s Channelside area

TAMPA — A 35-story condo tower with just two units per floor is expected to start construction in the booming Channelside area early next year.Tampa-based Mercury Advisors announced Wednesday that it had obtained construction financing for the $74 mi...
Published: 07/18/18

Business News

Pinellas County Commission shows support for CrossBay Ferry

Pinellas County Commission shows support for CrossBay Ferry

CLEARWATER –– The ferry that once linked St. Petersburg and Tampa downtowns took one step closer to returning in November.While the Pinellas County Commission didn’t approve spending money to help pay for the CrossBay Ferry during a meeting Tuesday, ...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/18/18
Louisiana shipbuilder hopes to bring 1,000 jobs to Tampa shipyard through Coast Guard icebreaker program

Louisiana shipbuilder hopes to bring 1,000 jobs to Tampa shipyard through Coast Guard icebreaker program

TAMPA — Tampa Ship could welcome more than 1,000 new shipbuilding jobs if Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards wins a major contract to build up to six Coast Guard polar icebreakers.Bollinger could start staffing up at Tampa Ship, which has 62 acres a...
Published: 07/17/18
Robert Traurig, who helped build one of the world’s largest law firms, dies at 93

Robert Traurig, who helped build one of the world’s largest law firms, dies at 93

Robert Traurig helped build one of the largest law firms in the world and, in so doing, swept Miami-Dade County upward.Brickell Avenue skyscrapers. Open-air malls like Cocowalk in Coconut Grove. Residential communities on the edge of the Everglades. ...
Published: 07/17/18
Hard Rock announces new hotel in Ireland in 2020

Hard Rock announces new hotel in Ireland in 2020

Hard Rock International is expanding across the pond. The Seminole Tribe-owned casino and hotel chain announced Tuesday that it will open a Hard Rock Hotel Dublin in 2020, its first hotel in Ireland. It will partner with Irish hotel company Tifco Lim...
Published: 07/17/18
Times investigation: Pinellas County construction agency steered work to board member

Times investigation: Pinellas County construction agency steered work to board member

The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board sent homeowners to its vice chairman to inspect their issues.
Published: 08/31/17
Updated: 07/17/18
Tired of fast food? Maybe there’ll be an Armature Works-like hall in Trinity

Tired of fast food? Maybe there’ll be an Armature Works-like hall in Trinity

TRINITY — New Jersey-based M&M Realty Partners has a contract to develop the remaining 300 acres of the Mitchell 54 West project at State Road 54 and Little Road.Land owner Dewey Mitchell shared the information July 11 with a North Tampa Bay Chamber ...
Published: 07/18/18
New Spring Hill funeral home offers dining, catering services for grieving families

New Spring Hill funeral home offers dining, catering services for grieving families

SPRING HILL — A new funeral home, in response to changing mores, is focused on serving the living, providing homelike conviviality and social amenities that reach beyond attention to death.Yvette and Jim Klausch, licensed funeral directors with 40 ye...
Published: 07/17/18
Florida nursing homes have enough staff, numbers show. But the state has shortages in other areas.

Florida nursing homes have enough staff, numbers show. But the state has shortages in other areas.

In most places across America, nursing homes are facing an acute shortage of workers to take care of the country’s growing population of aging and disabled patients. But not in Florida. A Kaiser Family Foundation report published this month found tha...
Published: 07/17/18
Blacks can afford far fewer rentals than Asians and whites, study shows

Blacks can afford far fewer rentals than Asians and whites, study shows

Black and Latino residents of the Tampa Bay area can afford far fewer rentals than Asians and whites can. According to Zillow, blacks can afford just 19 percent of available rentals and Latinos 20.7 percent. That compares to whites being able to affo...
Published: 07/17/18
Pasco Business Digest for July 20

Pasco Business Digest for July 20

Business DigestBrieflyJULY IS NATIONAL INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH: Rock the Boat Productions and several downtown New Port Richey businesses are joining with independent businesses across the country during July to celebrate National Independent Reta...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/17/18