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Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans new store, distribution center in Hillsborough

TAMPA — Thrift store operator Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans to open a new, 200,000-square-foot distribution center by November and another store by January on a 22-acre parcel in …

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U.S. economy grew better-than-expected 2.1 percent in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers powered economic momentum heading into 2017. The gross domestic …

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  1. French pastry cafe opens in Largo

    Retail

    LARGO — A cafe with French pastries made in-house held its grand opening this month in the heart of downtown Largo.

  2. Something completely different at McDonald's: fresh beef

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Coming soon to McDonald's: fresh beef.

    McDonald's said Thursday that it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its U.S. locations. 
[Associated Press file photo]
  3. Suffolk Construction to open office in Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza

    Business

    TAMPA — A national construction firm will open a fourth Florida office at Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa next month.

    Suffolk Construction will open a 4,500-square-foot office in Channelside Bay Plaza in April. This is the firm's fourth office in Florida. James Burchuck | TIMES.
  4. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans new store, distribution center in Hillsborough

    Business

    TAMPA — Thrift store operator Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans to open a new, 200,000-square-foot distribution center by November and another store by January on a 22-acre parcel in east Hillsborough County even as the nonprofit grapples with a $1 million budget shortfall.

    Goodwill Industries -- Suncoast is working with a developer to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution center and store in Hillsborough County off U.S. 301.
[WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE | Times]
  5. The Thai rolled ice cream trend has finally arrived in St. Petersburg and Tampa (w/video)

    Food & Dining

    It started in Thailand about three years ago, then landed in New York's Chinatown where people lined up on the sidewalk to get it.

    A cup of Thai rolled ice cream sits outside of Iceburg Frozen Yogurt in St. Petersburg. It's one of only three places in the Tampa Bay area making rolled ice cream. [Christopher Spata | Times]
  6. He helped build his namesake bridge a century ago, now George Gandy Jr.'s house is for sale

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — George "Gidge'' Gandy Jr. had just moved into the large wood-frame house on Big Bayou in October 1921 when a hurricane that already devastated parts of southwest Florida churned into Tampa Bay.

    The exterior of the Gandy-O'Brien estate at 2700 Driftwood Road South in St. Petersburg. The property, which sits on 1.25 acres, just went on the market for $1.95 million.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]