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

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

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

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    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.
  3. While its streaming service booms, Netflix streamlines old business

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    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] 
  4. As Bass Pro Shops pursues rapid Florida expansion, it sheds jobs elsewhere

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    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] 
  5. Publix customers: You can get grocery delivery starting Aug. 4

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    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.
  6. Asian gamemakers see opportunity in U.S.

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    Nowhere are mobile video games more popular — or lucrative — than in Asia. And now, Asian companies are making big bets that they can spread some of their expertise in mobile gaming to the United States.

    Chris DeWolfe, chief executive of SGN, which makes smartphone games Cookie Jam, Juice Jam and Panda Pop, recently got a $130M deal with South Korean mobile game publisher Netmarble Games.
  7. New deals, TV services make cord-cutting ever more attractive

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    If you're growing weary of paying your ever-escalating pay TV bill, you're in luck, because your choices for replacing your cable box are getting better and better.

  8. $15 days coming to zoo for 15 days in August

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    For 15 days, it will be only $15 for Florida residents to attend Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Adults must present valid state-issued identification at ticket windows to purchase tickets at this rate for ages 3 and up from Aug. 2-16, and it cannot be combined with any other discounts. Single day admission to the zoo is …

    One of the sea lions sticks their tongue out after a dress rehearsal for a daily presentation that will be a part of a new exhibit called Sea Lion Splash at Lowry Park Zoo on Friday, February 28, 2014. The exhibit will begin on March 1.
  9. Tampa's Fitlife Foods secures new investor to prepare for expansion

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    Fitlife Foods, a Tampa Bay-based health food store chain, has a new investor.

  10. Rogue Minnesota Dairy Queen makes up own rules for ice cream treats

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    MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead has been thumbing its nose at corporate headquarters pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its D's and Q's.

    The Dairy Queen restaurant in downtown Moorhead, Minn., opened in 1949 with a contract to dish up throwback treats.