Monday, August 20, 2018


Sara DiNatale

Sara DiNatale

Sara DiNatale is the retail and tourism reporter on the business desk. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2015. She is from Buffalo, New York, where she graduated with a degree in English from the University at Buffalo. Her work has previously appeared in the Boston Globe, the Oregonian and the Buffalo News.

A wave hits Tressie Forbush, right, and sister Layla Forbush, 6, (both) of East End, Arkansas, during in incoming tide while visiting Indian Rocks Beach in July 2018. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times)

Red Tide or not, Pinellas County confident it will reach record tourism tax dollars

Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater, Pinellas County’s tourism arm, is on par to surpass the $54.7 million it collected in bed tax money last fiscal year. Even if a bout of Red Tide hits the beaches hard. It would be the highest amount of money the...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Epilogue: Tampa’s Mother Teresa, Delia Sanchez, remembered as child welfare champion

Delia P. Sanchez collected things — purses, shoes, newspapers.She hid them away in a storage unit, out of sight from her tidy husband. She had her reasons. And not one of them was selfish.
Published: 08/18/18
Winn-Dixie opened its seventh remodeled store in Tampa Bay this year in Spring Hill on Thursday. It features the chain's Dollar Shop. (Southeastern Grocers)

Tampa Bay’s seventh renovated Winn-Dixie opens in Hernando County

SPRING HILL — The latest Winn-Dixie remodel opened in Hernando County on Thursday.This marks the seventh remodeled Winn-Dixie parent company Southeastern Grocers has unveiled in Tampa Bay this year. The chain promised renovations...
Published: 08/17/18
KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman, right, visits with the company's Enterprise Team earlier this year inside the company's headquarters in downtown Clearwater. 

Welfont, KnowBe4, Teami and other Tampa Bay companies rank high in Inc. 5000 list

While a Wisconsin company that makes software to execute shipments and a trendy cellphone grip company out of Colorado may have taken the top spots in this year’s Inc. 5000 list — Florida still had an impressive showing. Every year,...
Published: 08/17/18
George Jenkin's second Publix store opened in 1940. It was very much a grocery store of the future, with automatic sliding doors, frozen food cases and air conditioning. 
The chain's popularity and history makes it hard today for other grocers to break through the Florida market. (Courtesy of Publix)

What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit begs the question.

LARGO — Everything is on clearance inside Tampa Bay’s only Safeway grocery store. Patio furniture, 40 percent off. Beach chairs, too. Most grocery items are 30 percent off; the entire liquor store is 20 percent off.The discounts will...
Published: 08/17/18
Publix storefront.  | Times file photo

This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

I’m going start with it: Chicken tender Pub subs are on sale this week. It’s like a Florida holiday when Publix chicken tender subs are $6.99. Suddenly, offices across the Sunshine State are filled with the aroma of Buffalo sauce as everyone...
Published: 08/16/18
Regular Macy's stores don't sell sporting goods or fitness equipment but Backstage does.  The Macy's Backstage at Citrus Park will be the first to open in the Tampa Bay region and one of 100 to open this year. JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times

Is the future of department stores off-price? Macy’s Backstage opens in Tampa

TAMPA — Kishia Gainey pushes a blue shopping cart while eyeing a wall of shoes.The mother of four is back-to-school shopping at a Ross Dress for Less in a Citrus Park plaza. She’s already nabbed a pair of D.C. brand sneakers for her teen son...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
J.C. Penney is expanding the baby products it sells at stores beyond clothing as the department store joins the many other chains trying to claim some of the Babies R Us sales up for grabs. [Associated Press file photo]

All but two Tampa Bay J.C. Penney will have new baby shop

All but two of the Tampa Bay area J.C. Penney’s will have expanded baby departments following the chain’s decision to overhaul its infant selection following the demise of Babies R Us. J.C. Penney is opening baby shops in 500 stores near former...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Rising 7th grader Ava Spano, 12, of Seminole shops for a backpack at Kohl's St. Petersburg recently with her dad, Pete Spano and her brother, Tristan Spano, 7, both of Seminole. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times file, 2018]

Best deals in Tampa Bay for Aug. 9-15: Save money at Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart

I hope you’ve been holding on your coupon fliers.
Published: 08/09/18
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club will soon have a new owner. [Tampa Bay Times photo]

St. Pete’s historic Vinoy hotel tells members to expect changes

ST. PETERSBURG — The Vinoy Renaissance may be closer to having a new owner.The resort and golf club’s management already said earlier this year that current owner, RLJ Lodging Trust, would be looking to sell the resort this summer. Now it’s on...
Published: 08/08/18