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  1. Publix prepared to take on new states while defending its home turf

    Retail

    In September 2012, Publix Super Markets announced it would expand by opening stores in North Carolina. The first one opened near Charlotte in February 2014.

    Publix employee Anthony DeJesus stocks the yogurt shelves in the early morning before the store opens on Thursday morning, Feb. 11, 2016, at the Britton Plaza Publix in Tampa. (ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times)
  2. World of Beer to open taverns in China this year, India and the Philippines are next

    Retail

    WESTCHASE — World of Beer is about to become an international brand.

    Paul Avery, CEO of Tampa-based World of Beer, is pushing the craft beer tavern chain into new international markets this year. 
[Photo courtesy of World of Beer]
  3. St. Petersbark sells healthy treats and toys for dogs and cats

    Pets

    Even as a child, Krista Schmidt dreamed of being her own boss — she just didn't know how to make it happen.

    Playing mind games. Puzzle games such as Tic Tac Twirl ($14.99) are designed to keep your dog focused as it solves a problem to get a treat. 
Photos by Natalia Lima/tbt* correspondent
  4. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 11-17: Chinese New Year party, USF public art tour

    Events

    1 Chinese New Year: Celebrate the year of the monkey by trying your hand at traditional Chinese crafts and activities at this celebration in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, on Saturday. There will be colorful Chinese exhibits, lion and dragon dances, kung fu and Chinese instrument …

    The 2013 Tampa Bay Chinese New Year Celebration at Largo’s Central Park. This year’s is Saturday, celebrating the year of the monkey.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.