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  1. Walmart is pulling out of St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walmart is closing its Neighborhood Market in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood, reigniting a 20-year struggle to keep a grocery store in the underserved area.

     Shoppers and Walmart employees attend a grand opening ceremony Jan. 29. 2014 for a new store in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood. On Tuesday, Walmart confirmed the store will close March 3.
[SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  2. Starbucks opens cafe inside Publix store in South Tampa, and more are coming

    Retail

    TAMPA — Shoppers can now sip a Starbucks latte while they browse the aisles at the Publix grocery store in the Gandy Shopping Center.

    Publix opened a Starbucks cafe inside the store in the Gandy Shopping Center in Tampa. [JUSTINE GRIFFIN | Times]
  3. Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S.

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations.

    Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. Times files.
  4. Save-A-Lot carves niche serving communities that Publix and others overlook

    Retail

    GULFPORT — Betty Duffey has a half-dozen grocery stores vying for her business near her neighborhood in southern Pinellas County.

    The Save-A-Lot in Gulfport at 5015 Gulfport Blvd S. Save-A-Lot opens stores in "food deserts" where most other brands would never go. They offer a sense of community that's often lost at competitors, like Walmart and even Publix. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  5. With attendance flat, Disney brings back Florida resident deal

    Florida

    After a sluggish year in attendance, Walt Disney World has brought back its Florida resident "Discover Disney" three- and four-day ticket deal, though there are black-out dates at Disney's Animal Kingdom park starting Memorial Day weekend — a possible sign the new Avatar land will be opening up.

    After a sluggish year in attendance, Walt Disney World has brought back its Florida resident "Discover Disney" three-day ticket deal for $139 tha tmust be used by June 9. Florida residents had gotten used the annual January offer from Disney,  but the annual January deal disappeared last year during record attendance numbers. (Orlando Sentinel)
  6. Port Tampa Bay finds niche in growing cruise industry

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay may have finally found a formula that works to grow its long-limited cruise business.

    Passengers wait for rides outside Cruise Terminal 3 after disembarking The Carnival Paradise, operated by Carnival Cruise Line, in Port Tampa Bay on Thursday.  Port Tampa Bay is on pace to serve 1 million cruise passengers in 2017, a record breaking number.
[JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]
  7. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly in Tampa, hopes Trump keeps Cuba route

    Airlines

    TAMPA — Southwest Airlines has been offering direct flights between Havana and Tampa for just 31 days now, and the airline's chief executive says his fingers are crossed that the route will remain open once Donald Trump is sworn into office.

    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly is the 2016 Tony Jannus Award winner. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  8. Florida Hospital partners with Walgreens to open express health clinics

    Retail

    Times Staff

    Florida Hospital and Walgreens are partnering to offer health clinic services inside Walgreens stores around Tampa Bay.

    Walgreens is partnering with Florida Hospital Tampa. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa. File) NYBZ135
  9. CVS offers generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a sixth the price

    Corporate

    CVS is selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the lifesaving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

    CVS is now selling a rival generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen, shown here, at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the emergency allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers. [Associated Press (2013)]
  10. Airbnb bookings generated $1.9 million in economic impact during college championship game

    Tourism

    Airbnb reported $1.9 million in economic activity generated from rooms booked in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for the College Football Playoff National Championship, making it the single biggest event for the online room booking and home sharing service in Tampa Bay.

    A surge of fans coming for Monday's college football playoff championship game in Tampa generated $900,000 in economic activity through Airbnb bookings, the online home and room booking service reported Wednesday. 
[Associated Press file photo]