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  1. Setting up shop downtown

    Retail

    Construction on downtown Tampa's first Publix Super Market is expected to begin as early as this spring, executives for Tampa real estate developer Mercury Advisors said this week, as early permits were approved. The 37,600-square-foot Publix is expected to open in the fall of 2017 at the corner of E Twiggs Street and N …

    Downtown Tampa’s first Publix Super Market will be at E Twiggs Street and N Meridian Avenue.
  2. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport sees spike in passenger traffic for January

    Retail

    St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport set a record for the month of January with a 14 percent spike in passenger traffic.

  3. Lucky's Market could be coming to Tampa Bay soon

    Retail

    There's been a lot of buzz about some of the new grocery stores coming into Florida.

    The Lucky’s Market in Naples. The organic grocer has plans to expand in Florida. (Justine Griffin   |   Times)
  4. Lululemon is the first store to close in St. Petersburg's Sundial

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Yoga retailer Lululemon has become the first tenant in the Sundial shopping center to close its doors.

    Lululemon is the first store to close in St. Petersburg’s Sundial.
  5. TeBella Tea Co. continues expansion by opening in St. Petersburg's Station House

    Retail

    It's pretty easy to drink local in the Tampa Bay area these days.

    Abigail St. Clair, owner of TeBella Tea Co., shown at her new location at the Station House in St. Petersburg, began with a store on Davis Islands in 2010. 
  6. A shopping center near Tyrone Square sells for $16 million

    Retail

    A shopping center adjacent to a Publix Super Market near Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg has sold for $16.09 million.

  7. Traffic at Tampa International Airport should get better soon

    Airlines

    Overnight parking is available again in the short-term parking garage at Tampa International Airport, and passengers can expect to see more normal traffic patterns by the end of the month.

    The short-term parking garage at Tampa International Airport is now fully open following construction on two floors.
  8. Walgreens will close St. Petersburg's Gateway store, open across the street the next day

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walgreens in the Gateway Crossings shopping center on Roosevelt Boulevard will close and reopen this month as a freestanding store catty-corner to the old location.

  9. America's favorite coffee trend is finally coming to an end

    Retail

    Several years ago, coffee pods seemed invincible. Sales of the single-serve cups were skyrocketing, more than tripling in the United States between 2011 and 2013 alone. Sales of coffee pod machines, meanwhile, were soaring too, growing from 1.8 million units to 11.6 million between 2008 and 2013, according to data from …

    Keurig says sales of its single-serve K-Cups, which account for about 80 percent of the company’s overall revenue, have declined for the past two quarters.
  10. The Home Depot to hire 1,350 in Tampa Bay area stores for busy spring season

    Retail

    In anticipation of a busy season for home-improvement stores, Home Depot plans to hire an additional 1,350 workers in the Tampa Bay area.