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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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]
  4. 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 …

  5. 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]
  6. This week's recalls

    Retail

    Publix jalapeno bagels

    Company: Publix.

    Quantity: Undisclosed.

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

  7. 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.
  8. End of an era: Apple stops sales of the iPod Classic

    Retail

    It came in with a simple promise, a hefty price tag and a man with something white sticking in his ears bopping around his apartment. Soon, it would transform music as we know it, inspire a business model built around pocket change and turn a struggling computermaker into the most valuable company in the world.

    Apple
  9. Chick-fil-A plans restaurant at Cypress Creek Town Center outlet mall in Wesley Chapel

    Retail

    Chick-fil-A, the national chain known for its bovine spokesmen urging folks to "Eat Mor Chikin" is coming to Cypress Creek Town Center.

  10. Consumers losing their taste for cereals

    Retail

    Cereal, that bedrock of the American breakfast, has lost some of its snap, crackle and pop.

    Rather than have a bowl of cereal for breakfast, Daniel Bjornson of Kansas City, Mo., squeezes honey into yogurt. It “just seems like a healthier option,” he said.