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  1. Index says diners' satisfaction at restaurants is decreasing


    Consumers may continue to eat out about four times a week on average, but their dining satisfaction at full-service places is stagnating — and even falling among fast-food joints. Those trends suggest consumers are not likely to spend more money at restaurants even as the economy improves.

    Outback Steakhouse, owned by Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands, saw its scores on the American Customer Satisfaction Index drop from 80 in 2014 to 78 in 2015.
  2. Why we have 10 outdoor cookers and what each ones does


    I have this recurring vision of a producer from the TV show Hoarders knocking on our door, saying they heard we have six grills around our patio and they think it's time for an intervention.

    The Traeger Texas Elite Wood Pellet Grill is big enough to smoke eight chickens at once.
  3. Atkins bucks the downward trend in frozen food sales


    Literally and figuratively, frozen food is not a hot business. The meals are cold and sales are down. Consumers are shifting to fresher options. So the frozen food aisle may seem like the last place you'd seen innovation in your local grocery store.

  4. Alma at John's Pass closes as owners declare bankruptcy


    The owners of Alma at John's Pass in Madeira Beach filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week.

    Alma at John's Pass has closed and its owners have declared bankruptcy. The restaurant moved to the beach from downtown St. Petersburg in 2014.
  5. Brandon Walmart to reopen with a liquor store by end of the year


    A Walmart store in Brandon that closed unexpectedly in April will reopen by the end of this year.

    The Brandon Walmart on 1208 E Brandon Blvd. is scheduled to reopen later this year after closing in April for what company officials described as plumbing problems.
  6. Tampa Bay malls adding unconventional tenants to woo more shoppers



    The days of heading to the mall just to shop are about over.

    Life Time Athletic offers a different kind of experience for visitors to malls such as International Plaza, including this waiting room. The health club opened last year.
  7. Bass Pro Shops opening in Brandon ahead of schedule


    Bass Pro Shops has set July 29 as the opening day for its first store in the Tampa Bay area.

    A Bass Pro Outdoor World, like this one in Orlando, will open ahead of schedule in Brandon. The 130,000-square-foot store will include fishing ponds, taxidermy displays and a 7,000-square-foot restaurant that will serve seafood and cocktails.
  8. Markoe Gallery in St. Pete Beach to close


    ST. PETE BEACH — A landmark in St. Pete Beach and the local art world is closing. Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery just south of the Loews Don CeSar Hotel will soon go dark.

    Nancy Markoe opened the shop to show her pottery.
  9. Retail complex planned for Indian Rocks Beach


    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A $1.3 million retail complex is slated to be completed by the end of the year in the city's Triangle business district.

  10. Beach Drive attracts two new retailers


    ST. PETERSBURG — Landing Company at 282 Beach Drive NE is an addition to the retail strand. It's an expansion of the Landing Company's original store at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach.