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  1. Route 66 Kitchen & Dining Car: A taste of Americana in a former trolley car

    Retail

    LUTZ — Route 66 Kitchen & Dining Car serves up a taste of Americana in an unusual setting. The trolley-turned-dining car is the brainchild of Lutz Mail Depot owner Greg Skibbee and business partner Paul Fischer.

  2. 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 18-24

    Events

    1 Movies on the Patio Fight Club: The first rule of the Dalí Museum's Movies on the Patio is you don't talk about Movies on the Patio. But you can expect shirtless and barefoot dudes to be there for this free cult film series featuring the oh-so-quotable …

    Brad Pitt, left, and Edward Norton star in Fight Club.
  3. Sears Auto Center closed at Westfield Countryside mall

    Retail

    CLEARWATER — Sears has closed its standalone auto service center at Westfield Countryside mall as part of a nationwide strategy to save the struggling retailer.

    Sears Auto Center stores will soon be closing across the country as the struggling company tries to sell or lease the spaces to other retailers. Sears owns more than 700 auto centers, which are described as only marginally profitable.
  4. GreenPal app lets people hire lawn services

    Retail

    Bryan Clayton knows not everyone likes to mow their lawn. But they also don't know who to hire and don't have the time to gather bids.

    That's where his service comes in.

  5. Amazon fulfillment center in Ruskin nearing completion

    Retail

    RUSKIN — Construction is nearing completion on Amazon's fulfillment center in southeastern Hillsborough County, which could start processing online shoppers' orders this week.

  6. Trigaux: Detailed peek inside ailing Olive Garden chain sheds light on tough economic trends

    Business

    When unhappy investors start dinging a restaurant chain for serving too many breadsticks or too much salad dressing at once, for failing to salt cooking water for pasta, and for using too-costly "to go" bags, is an overhaul far behind?

    The once popular, now stumbling Olive Garden  chain was targeted this past week by an activist investor group trying to put its own directors on the board of the chain's struggling parent, Darden Restaurants in Orlando. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times]
  7. Home equity loan, HELOC or cash-out refi?

    Consumer

    Homeowners who want to cash out their equity might be puzzled by the advantages and disadvantages of their three choices: a home equity line of credit, home equity loan or cash-out refinance.

    Which makes the most sense?

    The answer depends on:

    • How much equity you have.

    • How much you …

  8. Auto buying drives retail sales higher in August

    Retail

    WASHINGTON — Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has sped up consumer spending.

    A woman passes an active wear display at a J.C. Penney store on Aug. 19 in New York. The Commerce Department released retail sales data for August on Friday. [Associated Press]
  9. This week's recalls

    Retail

    Publix jalapeno bagels

    Company: Publix.

    Quantity: Undisclosed.

    Why? The bagels may contain pieces of glass and small stones.

  10. Sears looks outside the (smaller) box to bring in revenue

    Retail

    CLEARWATER — Sears has a new roommate at Westfield Countryside mall.

    In its latest real estate deal, Sears has leased part of the first floor of its store at Westfield Countryside mall to Whole Foods.