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  1. Publix hits a $1 billion milestone as Florida's largest private company


    There may come a day when Publix Super Markets does not report solid quarterly gains in profits and revenues. But it was not Monday.

    Publix is Florida’s largest private company and set a milestone by reaching $1 billion in earnings in the first half of 2015.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times] 
  2. Amazon adding 2,000 new jobs in Ruskin and Lakeland

    Economic Development

    Amazon dramatically increased its footprint in Central Florida on Monday by confirming that it will hire 2,000 people at its distribution centers in Ruskin and Lakeland, nearly doubling its workforce as it continues to reshape the way people shop.

    This is an aerial photo of the Amazon distribution center in Ruskin, taken in December. The company is hiring 2,000 workers at the centers in Ruskin and Lakeland. Photos by Michael Blitch.
  3. With Top Golf and now Bass Pro Shops, Brandon is a destination



    Veteran Realtor Randy Adkins can remember when Brandon was little more than cow pastures.

    Anaiah Ramirez, 7, gazes upon the nearly 10-foot-tall indoor aquarium during the grand opening of the Bass Pro Shops on Wednesday in Brandon. Its opening, along with a Top Golf entertainment complex, has increasingly made Brandon a go-to destination in the Tampa Bay area. 
  4. For Sale Facebook groups spread online yard sale craze to Tampa Bay


    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.
  5. New business offers an escape from the daily grind



    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.
  6. A year later, Red Lobster feels its independence


    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.
  7. Excited shoppers flood new Bass Pro Shops in Brandon


    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]
  8. Florida No. 2 in the nation in number of Tesla Model S cars on the road


    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, a consumer car research firm.

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


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

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


    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.