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  1. Earth Fare, the newest grocery store to hit Tampa Bay, seeks a healthy crowd


    SEMINOLE — Frank Scorpiniti doesn't like to think of Earth Fare as a grocery store.

    Employees get the new Earth Fare grocery store set up in Seminole on Monday. The new grocery store is set to open on Wednesday in Seminole City Center. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

  2. Spaghetti Warehouse to close for good in Ybor City after efforts to save and relocate it fail


    TAMPA — Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City will close for good Sunday despite a recent effort to save and relocate the restaurant in the Tampa Bay area.

    Spaghetti Warehouse is closing for good in Ybor City on Oct. 2. Photo courtesy of Lydia Dodson

  3. How is discount grocer Aldi trying to stand out in a crowded Florida market?


    TAMPA — It has been eight years since the low-cost German grocer Aldi opened its first store in the Sunshine State.

    Geman Discount grocer Aldi came to Florida about eight years ago and plans nearly 20 store openings in the state this year. Joerg Sarbac | Associated Press
  4. How do you transform a downtown like Tampa's that has such little history?

    Economic Development

    It's one thing to decide which building goes where when mapping out a new $3 billion district for downtown Tampa. But it's another challenge entirely to create a sense of place and identity that has been lacking in downtown Tampa for decades when there isn't much history in that part of town.

    James Nozar is CEO of Jeff Vinik’s real estate firm.
  5. Why did shopping centers like BayWalk and Channelside Bay Plaza fail so miserably?


    Nearly two decades ago, real estate developers wanted to build open-air shopping centers in Florida.

    New developers led by Tampa Bay Lighthing owner Jeff Vinik want to demolish Channnelside Bay Plaza, which opened in 2001. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  6. Every day's a safety drill as Chipotle woos customers back


    A large digital kitchen timer perches near a sink at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. It is reset every 30 minutes, and 12 minutes have passed.

    Chipotle hired James Marsden to focus on food safety and regain customer confidence.
  7. Only the best for our four-legged children


    Pet ownership has evolved into pet parenting, and we want to spoil our furbabies with foods that are healthier and pricier than we ever eat, not to mention fun toys, Halloween costumes, comfy bedding and other swag.

    Royal Pets associate Ali Griffith gives some love to Iko, Store Manager Mary Pontone’s SharPei.
  8. Cafe hits 10-year mark


    YBOR CITY — When cafe-goers sip coffee and tea inside Tre Amici at the Bunker, study or listen to live music, they are doing so in the original structure from the 1920s.

    The Bunker will celebrate 10 years with a party Saturday.
  9. Chip readers are coming to a Publix near you


    Publix Super Markets is finally installing readers for credit cards that have security chips.

    ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times
  10. A recession could be a bloodbath for the emerging restaurant scene in Tampa Bay


    After the last recession, it took a while before people in Tampa Bay started splurging again on dining out.

    Larry, from left, Kristen, and Juliette Saylor of Tampa look over the menu at Ava restaurant in Tampa, another new restaurant that helped turn Tampa Bay into a foodie destination.