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Clearwater may get store

Stein Mart, a hybrid between a discount retailer and a department store, wants to open a store downtown in the former Maas Brothers building. City officials are drawing up an agreement with Stein Mart, a Jacksonville company that has been expanding quickly since it first sold stock to the public nearly two years ago. If everything goes right, a store could be open this fall, said Susan Datz Edelman, a company spokeswoman. "Given the right opportunity, we'd love to be in Clearwater," Edelman said. Stein Mart sells current-season fashions, presented as they would be in a department store, Edelman said. The store also has a sales staff similar to that in a department store, but Stein Mart prices are 25 percent to 60 percent lower than retail department store prices, she said.

McDonald's gets competitor

EAST LAKE _ Fast-food history was made in this growing suburb Monday. After six years of holding a McMonopoly in East Lake, McDonald's has got some competition. A Wendy's has moved in across the street. The restaurant sold its first order (a quarter-pound double-stack cheeseburger, no beverage) Monday morning at 10:37 a.m.

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