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  1. Hyde Park Village awaits two new clothing stores


    TAMPA — Two new retailers, Social Status and Boho Hunter, are scheduled to open in Hyde Park Village this fall.

    Pictured is the exterior of Goody Goody, located in Tampa's Hyde Park Village.
[Times file photo]
  2. Sears closing another 20 stores


    NEW YORK — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

    In a government filing Friday, real estate investment trust Seritage confirmed that Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 20 stores, two of which are Kmart stores.
[AP file photo]
  3. Walmart opens first Pinellas County in-house training academy


    Seminole — It had all the hallmarks of a typical graduation: robe-clad graduates marching in to Pomp and Circumstance, friends and family packed together under a sweltering tent and a lineup of speakers encouraging the graduates to take charge of their future.

    New Walmart Academy graduates are congratulated Thursday morning by associates during a graduation ceremony at the Walmart store, 10237 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg. The Walmart location is one of the company's training academies where managers complete a one week retail course. David Shultz and Richard Sheehan, both from St. Petersburg, get high fives from the crowd.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. CEO of Winn-Dixie's parent company steps down


    Ian McLeod has resigned as president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, the Jacksonville-based parent company of Winn-Dixie grocery stores.

    Ian McLeod, is stepping down as the CEO of the parent company of Winn-Dixie. [Photo courtesy of Southeastern Grocers]
  5. Amazon will let customers try on clothes before buying


    SEATTLE — For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on clothing, but now Amazon is going even further.

    Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, announced a new Prime Wardrobe program which will be available only to members of the Amazon Prime membership service.
[New York Times]
  6. Boutique grocer eyes Pasco's Cypress Creek Town Center


    Tennessee-based Hutton Development is proposing a boutique grocery store at the northeast corner of State Road 56 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard, in the northern portion of Cypress Creek Town Center.

    Tennessee-based Hutton Development is proposing a 23,820-square-foot boutique grocery store in the Cypress Creek Town Center development in central Pasco. The land owner declined to identify the store.
  7. Walmart adding Bonobos to its online portfolio


    NEW YORK — Walmart is buying online men's clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash, showing that its appetite for hip clothing brands shows no sign of abating as it looks for ways to gain on Amazon.

  8. Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market in deal valued at $13.7 billion


    Amazon said Friday that it had agreed to buy the upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.4 billion, as the online retailer looks to conquer new territory in the supermarket aisle.

    Amazon is buying Whole Foods, according to a report Friday morning.
[Times file photo]
  9. HSN executives seek digital solution to TV, shopping challenges


    ST. PETERSBURG — Before there was Amazon and phone apps that promise one-hour delivery, there was the Home Shopping Network.

    In the wake of the departure of CEO Mindy Grossman, St. Petersburg-based HSN is seeking to build on digital initiatives that began under her watch. 
[Courtesy of HSN Inc.]
  10. Pasco shuts down Port Richey flea market over egregious violations

    Public Safety

    PORT RICHEY — For the past 27 years, Jay Tarr has catered to a steady stream of customers at his auto interior business outside the popular USA Flea Market on U.S. 19.

    Pasco County officials shut down the USA Flea Market after the Port Richey business received hundreds of citations for health and code violations. The county offered to help some 70 merchants there find new locations.