Shelley G. Broader, who led the team that developed Sweetbay Supermarket for the Belgian-owned Delhaize Group, has been promoted to chief executive officer of Delhaize's Tampa-based supermarket unit. Twenty-six of Delhaize's Kash n' Karry stores have morphed into Sweetbay stores and the company plans to switch 49 in the Tampa Bay area this year. Broader had been president and chief operating officer.
Cork & Olive files with FTC to franchise
Cork & Olive, a 2-year-old chain of neighborhood wine shops in Oldsmar, is registering with the Federal Trade Commission to sell franchise rights for several markets in Florida. The chain, which plans to more than double its company-owned store count in the Tampa Bay area to 14 this year, mostly sells its own labels of wine, spices and olive products.
Digital Lightwave taps founder as CEO
Long-struggling Digital Lightwave Inc. has gone back to one of its founders to secure its future. On Thursday, the Clearwater maker of fiber-optic testing equipment appointed Kenneth T. "Ted" Myers as president and chief executive officer. Myers, who co-founded Digital with principal owner Bryan Zwan in 1991, has held various positions, including chief technology officer. He replaces Robert F. Hussey, a director, who has been interim president and chief executive officer since February 2005. Hussey will remain a director. Hussey said the company has made progress the past year in updating its product lines and reshaping operations, but it remains dogged by a consistent cash flow crunch. Digital has borrowed heavily from another company controlled by Zwan in recent years.
Neiman Marcus to open Ellenton outlet
Luxury goods retailer Neiman Marcus will open one of its Last Call Clearance Centers at Prime Outlets Ellenton in Manatee County. The 28,000-square-foot store is to open in 2007. Neiman, which has two outlet stores in South Florida, will open a location in Prime Outlets Orlando next year.
Largo woman gets $432,000 over fan
A Largo woman was awarded $432,000 by a Pinellas County Circuit Court jury on Friday after alleging a ceiling fan at a Durango Steakhouse at Largo Mall fell on the back of her neck, requiring her to have surgery. Denise Coventry, 41, was having lunch in July 2004, her lawyers say, when the fan fell on her. Lawyers Jodi Leisure and Jim Magazine asked for economic damages up to $1-million. But jurors hearing testimony that Coventry would be able to return to work profitably in the future downgraded damages. Neither the lawyer who tried the case for the restaurant nor its owners could be reached for comment immediately.