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CITY WANTS HELP IN RECRUITING RETAIL BUSINESSES

ST. PETERSBURG

The city will be a sponsor and exhibitor at the International Council of Shopping Centers Florida Conference Aug. 12-14. It is soliciting information from developers and property managers interested in helping lure retailers to the city. The event is being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. ICSC hosted a prenetworking function Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The city's economic development department reports deals already in the works with retail, entertainment and dining entities but is interested in more business opportunities, particularly in the city's three commercial hubs: downtown, Tyrone and Gateway. Contact Kimberly Bailey at 893-7784.

PINELLAS PARK

Chain brings twist on pizza to bay area

Instead of Bye-Bye Miss, it's hello American Pie as the interactive pizza chain gets ready to open its first bay area outlet.

The restaurant, which touts its pizza, music videos and wireless PlayStation video game consoles in every booth, will open Aug. 6 in the Shoppes at Park Place, 7210 U.S. 19. American Pie Pizza Co. specializes in pizza, flatbreads, wings, salads and wraps. The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

STATEWIDE

Sales tax holiday starts Saturday

Florida's sales tax break starts Saturday. The tax holiday is among 14 others but the only one that includes two weekends, according to the Florida Retail Federation. From Saturday through Aug. 13, sales tax will not be collected on clothing and related items priced at $50 or less, books priced at $50 or less, and school supplies priced at $10 or less.

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