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  1. For Sale Facebook groups spread online yard sale craze to Tampa Bay

    Retail

    TAMPA — Charlene Cardona used to be addicted, skimming the classified ads for time and place, rising early nearly every Saturday to make someone else's junk her treasure.

    Not anymore.

    Facebook's For Sale groups, unveiled in February, are drawing buyers and sellers from the traditional Saturday morning yard sale.
  2. New business offers an escape from the daily grind

    Consumer

    CLEARWATER

    You're a washed-up music producer, but now a world famous band could help save your career.

    Lauryn Campbell, Greg Chockley, Bobbi Chockley, Kade Irlmeier, 14, and Gage Irlmeier, 13, emerge victorious — with a little time to spare. “That was wild,” said Greg Chockley.
  3. A year later, Red Lobster feels its independence

    Retail

    ORLANDO — When Red Lobster's menu team flew to a seafood show in Boston this spring, fishermen were talking about big catches of sockeye salmon and bairdi crab coming from Alaska.

    Executives and elected officials — including Red Lobster CEO Kim Lodrup, center, flanked by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs — cut the ribbon at the opening of the chain’s new national headquarters in downtown Orlando on March 6.
  4. Excited shoppers flood new Bass Pro Shops in Brandon

    Retail

    BRANDON — A throng of Florida Bass Pro enthusiasts, adorned in camo or neon fishing shirts, boots and faded baseball caps, flocked to the Outdoor World store opening Wednesday.

    Nearly a thousand wait for the grand opening of Bass Pro Shops in Brandon on Wednesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  5. Florida No. 2 in the nation in number of Tesla Model S cars on the road

    Business

    Florida is second in the nation in the number of new and used Tesla Model S cars on the roads, according to a report by Edmunds.com, a consumer car research firm.

  6. The time has arrived: Bass Pro Shops opens in Brandon Wednesday evening

    Retail

    The time has finally arrived: The Tampa Bay area's first Bass Pro Shops opens this evening in Brandon.

  7. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 July 30-Aug. 5

    Events

    1 Tampa Bay Club Sports 20th Anniversary: The area's largest organizer of adult sports leagues and social events is having its 20th anniversary party Friday at the Getaway on Gandy Boulevard, and both current and former Club Sports players are invited to the free party. There will be boat rides with …

    You can catch Tampa Bay Buccaneers players in action and enjoy a host of other activities during Bucs Training Camp from Saturday through Tuesday at One Buc Place in Tampa.
  8. While its streaming service booms, Netflix streamlines old business

    Retail

    FREMONT, Calif. — It was just past sunrise on an early-spring morning at Netflix's DVD operations here, where metallic arms whirred in a giant glass box and rolling carts holding millions of DVDs lined the walls. The company's iconic red envelopes buzzed through an assembly line at the other end of the …

    Workers at Netflix’s DVD operations in Fremont, Calif., April 9, 2015. As the company’s streaming service booms, its DVD-by-mail operation continues to churn out hundreds of millions of dollars in profit each year. [New York Times] 
  9. As Bass Pro Shops pursues rapid Florida expansion, it sheds jobs elsewhere

    Retail

    A much-anticipated Bass Pro Shops store opens Wednesday in Brandon, a 130,000-square-foot, 300-employee reminder that the outdoor recreation company has pegged Florida as big enough to handle at least 15 such stores — far more, so far, than any other state.

    Bass Pro Shop has been expanding into Florida, including a store to open this week in Brandon and this store in Orlando, even as it has been cutting staff elsewhere. [WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.   |   Times] 
  10. Publix customers: You can get grocery delivery starting Aug. 4

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets tried for years to come up with a successful model to sell groceries online and failed.

    An Alabama company will launch a delivery service for Publix customers starting in August. Publix has tried delivery and pickup service in the past with little success, but companies like Amazon are starting to offer the service.