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Briefs: Red Lobster near Tyrone mall closes; law firm expands

ST. PETERSBURG

Red Lobster near Tyrone Square Mall closes

A shift in the sales market around Tyrone Square Mall led Red Lobster officials to close the restaurant on 66th Street N, a fixture since 1969.

Wendy Spirduso, Red Lobster director of communications, said the restaurant's closing was a "business decision."

The 65 employees were either transferred to another Red Lobster or an Olive Garden or offered a severance package based on the number of hours worked and the average amount of tips and sales the worker would have earned over the next two weeks, Spirduso said.

"Of the 65 crew members, we were able to place everyone that wanted a transfer," Spirduso said. "There were 45 transfers, and 20 took the package."

There are Red Lobsters still open in Largo and Clearwater, Spirduso said.

Ruden McClosky expands presence

Ruden McClosky, one of Florida's largest law firms, with a major office in St. Petersburg, is expanding in Palm Beach County. Seven attorneys of the Elk, Christu & Bakst law firm have joined Ruden McClosky, expanding the firm's practice areas and presence in the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton areas. "It is part of the strategic plan to better serve our clients in Boca Raton, the Palm Beaches and throughout the state of Florida," said V. James Dickson, managing partner in St. Petersburg.

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Briefs: Red Lobster near Tyrone mall closes; law firm expands 06/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 1:13pm]
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