Sara DiNatale, Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

Sara DiNatale

Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

I’m a Buffalo native who has been thawing out in Florida since joining the Tampa Bay Times in 2015. I started as a night cops reporter in Tampa. But these days, I’m running to new grocery stores instead of crime scenes. As our retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter, I’m able to use my sleuth-shopper skill set and eye for trends combined with my favorite pastime, telling stories. I search out topics I know will resonate with readers and get them thinking or talking. I’m a coupon clipper, yogi novice and eyeglasses enthusiast. You’ll rarely spot me on the weekend without my mini schnauzer, Addy, in tow. We’re regulars at St. Petersburg’s Dog Bar and the area’s several dog parks. So feel free to say hi or give us a news tip. Addy gives great high-fives.

Kohl's stores are hiring across Tampa Bay

Amber Christian, an area supervisor in Kohl’s Clearwater store, straightens up one of several Star Wars merchandise displays during the 2015 holiday shopping season. [Times (2015)]
The store is looking for part- and full-time employees well ahead of the holiday season this year.

This Brandon Kohl's is busy returning your Amazon orders

Kohl’s employee Kiana Bernico, 20 assists Shawna Britton, 27 with her Amazon return on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Brandon. Kohl’s in partnership with is now accepting returns on Amazon’s behalf. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
The unlikely partnership is just the latest example of how retailers are experimenting to attract shoppers.

Publix unrolls its own sustainability sticker for seafood

Fresh seafood is on display during the grand opening of the Publix on USF's campus in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times (2003)]
Publix promotes fish caught without damage to the environment, wild populations.

Joseph Kadow will end his 25-year career at Bloomin' Brands this month

The executive vice president has been with the company since Outback was its only restaurant.

Lucky's Market cements Florida growth with new distribution center

Irene and Grace Parietti look at bamboo shoots at Lucky’s Market in St. Petersburg. [Times (2018)]
The Colorado grocer is leasing a 120,000-square-foot facility in Orlando to serve its growing number of Florida stores.