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  1. Shopping centers pursue 'Internet-proof' tenants that can survive online competitors

    Retail

    At a time when many traditional retailers are shrinking store sizes or closing locations, real estate developers are trying to fill malls and shopping centers with businesses that are "Internet proof."

    Whole Foods Market at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater, shown during its 2014 opening, is part of a trend toward filling malls with “Internet-proof” shopping destinations that offer experiences not available online.
  2. Chargeable backpacks feed your smartphone addiction

    Retail

    Backpack manufacturers like to consider their products "enablers," especially of active lifestyles. No matter where you go or what you do, a reliable backpack can keep your stuff safe and sound right there with you.

    CO.alition backpacks include charging and data-storage features and sell for $149. They’re among several new high-tech backpacks on the market with built-in batteries so users can charge their smartphones and other devices when no outlet is near.
  3. Bloomin' Brands sees expansion opportunities in Latin America

    Retail

    Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands, facing stagnant sales domestically, plans to open more restaurants throughout Latin America.

    Outback Steakhouse is owned by Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands. Some restaurants are operated by franchise owners. Photo provided by Bloomin' Brands
  4. Oil, vinegar and more mix at Treasure Island store

    Retail

    TREASURE ISLAND — Vine and Grind isn't just an olive oil store.

  5. Kahwa adds Belleair Bluffs location

    Retail

    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Kahwa Coffee recently opened a new location at 2919 West Bay Drive.

  6. Crowley's on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue remains closed amid battle over ownership

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — For weeks, the doors to Crowley's Pub at 269 Central have been locked tight while a legal battle between the restaurant's owner and would-be owner rages on.

    Crowley’s Pub at 269 Central  Ave. has been closed for several weeks while the owner and a buyer are engaged in a legal struggle over the restaurant’s ownership.
  7. Retail Fix: Consignment furniture in the bay area has deals galore

    Consumer

    College students moving into their first dorm and others striking out on their own often look to Ikea for lower-cost, put-it-together-yourself furniture. As part of their initiation, they must enter a labyrinth designed by Lewis Carroll and Satan. • Consider instead a growing number of "gently used" …

    This small-apartment-friendly drop-leaf table is $100 at Colonial Furniture & Mattress.
  8. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 25-31: Fourth Friday Tampa, latte art, train show

    Events

    1 Fourth Friday Tampa: The museums and businesses along the Tampa Riverwalk have free and cheap deals, as well as free water taxi rides for this month's Fourth Friday party. There's $5 admission at the Glazer Children's Museum from 4 to 6 p.m. Bestselling author Dawn Tripp will give a free talk about her …

    DAKOTA MOYER | Times The Glazer Children’s Museum will offer $5 admission from 4 to 6 p.m. for this month’s Fourth Friday party. 
  9. Corona and the app Klink will deliver beer on Madeira Beach on Saturday

    Events

    In a publicity stunt aimed at thirsty beachgoers, Corona beer has partnered with the alcohol delivery service Klink for beach-side beer delivery for one day only on Madeira Beach this weekend.

    The geo-specific locator on the Klink app will find the customer and orders will be delivered via boat to drop zones, complete with limes.
Times (2013)
  10. Retailers should focus on aging baby boomers, not millennials, as profit centers

    Retail

    ORLANDO — Retailers be on alert: Millennials may be getting all the buzz but it's aging baby boomers who have the bucks.

    Joseph Coughlin says college towns  are drawing older people.