Chicken chain is coming to wiregrass area
PDQ, the chicken chain that aims to be a step above Chik-fil-A, is coming to the Wiregrass area. A teaser sign that says "Curious aren't you?" went up on an acre in front of Sam's on State Road 56 recently to pique commuters' interest. "The area around Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and State Road 56 is a hot pocket," said Brian Infantino of Bingham Realty, who handled the $1.4 million sale. Added PDQ president and CEO Stephen Erickson: "I think with the energy in the Wiregrass area it's almost a no-brainer." PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, is a new fast-casual chain founded by a group that includes Bob Basham, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, although PDQ has no affiliation with Outback. It offers fried and grilled chicken tenders, sandwiches and salads as well as hand-spun milkshakes. The Wesley Chapel restaurant, which is expected to open by early summer, expects to create 75 to 80 jobs, Erickson said. On-site hiring will begin sometime in April; in the meantime, job seekers may apply online at www.eatpdq.com by clicking on the location on Dale Mabry Highway in south Tampa.
Local partnership is BizTech finalist
The Pasco Enterprise Network has been selected as a finalist in the category of "Best Website for Generating Leads" by the BizTech Innovation Summit Awards. The Biz Tech Summit hosted by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum and Tampa Bay Business Journal aims to identify and acknowledge the substantive gains Tampa Bay area businesses are making in the ways they are developing, employing and using technology for their own companies and clients. Winners will be named at the BizTech Innovation Summit Awards and Expo on March 13 at the Tampa Convention Center. Begun by the Pasco County Economic Development Council, the Pasco Enterprise Network website, www.pascoenterprise.net, is a partnership of local agencies that help connect small businesses to free resources that can help them navigate the steps involved in starting and running a small business. In the last month, more than 89 referrals for assistance have been made to the Pasco Enterprise Network.
Pennsylvania Club to meet Monday
The Pennsylvania Club will meet at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Community of Christ Church, 7334 16th St. Bring a covered dish and table service plus a white elephant gift for a raffle-style auction. Anyone from Pennsylvania is invited. For information, call (813) 782-8431 or (813) 783-1484.
CARES program offers health tips
CARES will host a lunch and learn program called How to Stay Young at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. Dr. Timothy Terlep will talk about nutrition, exercise and wellness. Free. For reservations, call (727) 863-6868.