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Travel agency to move to Barnett Tower

A St. Petersburg travel agency has announced it will move one of its offices into the new Barnett Tower downtown. Rainey Travel Agency, which now leases space in City Center, will move into the two-level retail center at the base of the tower in December. The retail center will have shops, restaurants and specialty services along Central Avenue.

The agency will lease 950 square feet near the pedestrian sky bridge that connects Barnett Tower to the first phase of Bay Plaza's $200-million shopping and entertainment district.

Rainey Travel is the third business to sign a lease in Barnett's retail center. Earlier this month, William Short Clothiers, a men's clothing store, and Headline Sports, a sportswear store, announced they had signed leases in the retail center.

Talquin is finalizing negotiations with Peter's Place at the tower that would be the successor to Peter's Place at 208 Beach Drive, which closed earlier this year. Talquin also is finalizing plans with a gourmet delicatessen and bakery, a fitness center, a florist and a barber shop. Also planned for the retail center is a women's boutique, a newsstand and sundries shop and a hair salon.

Rainey Travel, owned by Mary Rainey, was formed in 1980 and has eight employees. Rainey is the wife of Pinellas County Commission Chairman Charles Rainey. Her company specializes in corporate travel.

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