Thursday, October 18, 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.

After struggling to turn a profit under its new parent company, HSN is being combined with QVC under a new name, prompting major layoffs at the local headquarters. [HSN file photo, 2017]

HSN to cut hundreds of workers as it merges with QVC under new ‘QXH’ business unit

ST. PETERSBURG — Hundreds of HSN employees are losing their jobs as their parent company combines the local shopping network with long-time rival QVC under one operation with shared resources.HSN and QVC will maintain their brand identities,...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Honeymoon Island State Park and other beachfront areas in Pinellas County saw a resurgence of Red Tide after Hurricane Michael earlier this month but recent days have been more favorable.
[JIM DAMASKE   |   Times file, 2018]

After hauling away nearly 1,000 tons of dead fish, Pinellas County sees Red Tide scourge easing

Pinellas County is nearing 1,000 tons of total collected dead fish since Red Tide exploded into the Gulf coast last month. But based on an update to local tourism officials Wednesday, the smelly situation has improved."We are in a good place...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Interior photo of the mall entrance to the Sears department store at University Square Mall, 2266 E Fowler Ave in Tampa. The retailer announced it would close the location in late August. Now more than 100 others are closing. [Thursday August 23, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Tampa’s last Sears survived bankruptcy closings, but Westshore Plaza is dropping Sears anyway

Sears’ long-foreshadowed bankruptcy filing Monday came with the blow that more than 140 of its remaining 700 locations would be closed in a bid to save the once robust and venerable chain of department stores.
Published: 10/15/18
Updated: 10/16/18
Ferrell Alvarez, center, enjoys drinks outside Tampa's Ulele. Visit Florida has launched a new campaign targeting millennials interested in experiencing Florida like a local.
[Video screen grab courtesy of Visit Florida]

What Red Tide? New Florida tourism campaigns promote museums, craft beer and local experiences

Visit Florida’s latest ad campaign doesn’t feature sprawling beach scenes with toes in the sand. Instead, look for craft beers, restaurants, museums and murals — a move designed to hook millennial travelers seeking to...
Published: 10/12/18
An Instacart shopper makes a delivery. The app works in Tampa Bay with Publix and new addition Aldi. [Courtesy of Instacart]

The options keep growing. Who does grocery delivery best, Amazon Prime Now, Instacart, Walmart or Shipt?

 I wasn’t sure I’d ever be the type of person to have my groceries deliveredThen, I sprained my ankle. Hobbling around grocery store aisles rather than icing my foot last weekend seemed like a bad idea.
Published: 10/11/18
Updated: 10/12/18
Home decore inside the Macy's at Citrus Park's Backstage shop. Now, Macy's at the Tyrone Square Mall will have home furnishings and mattresses because of customer demand. ( JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times)

Macy’s at Tyrone Square Mall opens new furnishings section

ST. PETERSBURG — The Macy’s at the Tyrone Square Mall has devoted 14,000 square feet to a new mattress and furniture department. The chain says customers have been showing a growing interest n home furnishings and decor. The new area has...
Published: 10/11/18
The dairy section at the Winn-Dixie located at  2100 W Swann Avenue, Tampa, Fla. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times)

The must-clip coupons ahead of your Publix or Winn-Dixie run this week (Oct. 5- Oct. 10)

We’re swimming in coupons this week, folks. So grab the SmartSource and P&G Brand Saver that came with your Sunday Tampa Bay Times and the Retail Me Not that comes in the mail mid-week and let’s get...
Published: 10/05/18
Shoppers look through the aisles of the remodeled Winn-Dixie at 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Tampa. The chain has four more remodels slated locally over the next four weeks. (Courtesy of Winn-Dixie, July 19, 2018)

Winn-Dixie pledged to remodel stores. It’s finished 79, with four more coming to Tampa Bay

A handful more of Tampa Bay’s Winn-Dixie stores are about to swap tan tile floors and dated yellow walls for the refreshed look the chain’s parent company has been pushing since emerging from bankruptcy.One of the most recent...
Published: 10/05/18
GreenWise Market employee Russell Gordon serves samples of kombucha, cold brew and pressed juice at a sneak peek of the store's opening in Tallahassee. (SARA DINATALE | TIMES)

New GreenWise Market is Publix’s clapback to the rise of the specialty chain

TALLAHASSEE — Publix’s latest store isn’t actually a Publix.
Published: 10/05/18
Lauren Winfree, 36, left, shops for grocery items with her kids Morgan, 2, center, and Emmitt, 4, at the Aldi store located on 1551 34th St N, St. Petersburg, Florida on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Aldi will have remodeled more than 40 Florida stores by the end of October

After two years of work, more than 40 Aldi stores in Florida will have been remodeled by the end of the month, the discount grocer said Monday.Aldi began renovating stores nationwide in 2016 and planned to spend $115 million upgrading 83 of its...
Updated one month ago