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  1. Tampa Bay's first Sprouts Farmers Market opens Wednesday

    Retail

    TAMPA — The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Sprouts Farmers Market in the Carrollwood Commons shopping plaza in Tampa Tuesday was the produce section.

    The Sprouts Farmers Market, known for a wide variety of produce options, on Wednesday is opening its first Tampa Bay location at 15110 Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.
[CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  2. Parent of Burger King, Tim Hortons to buy Popeyes for $1.8 billion

    Retail

    NEW YORK — The parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons is buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, with plans to accelerate the growth of the fried chicken chain.

     Restaurant Brands International says it's buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, bringing the chicken chain under the same corporate umbrella as Burger King and Tim Hortons. 
[Associated Press file photo]

  3. SoHo, Hyde Park retail expansion includes new Montecristo cigar store

    Retail

    TAMPA — South Howard is getting a cigar bar.

    Construction barricades, cones and heavy equipment line West Swann Avenue in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Developers say the work is nearly finished. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  4. There are acres of leafy greens inside these shipping crates on an old St. Petersburg junkyard

    Consumer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The would-be farmers bought three transoceanic refrigerated shipping containers, just a little dinged up, for $6,500 each.

    Shannon O’Malley, an owner of Brick Street Farms, stands with heirloom lettuces growing under daytime LED lights.
  5. Tampa parent of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's can't stem loss of customers

    Retail

    Bloomin' Brands, Tampa's beleaguered parent of such big-name restaurant chains as Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba's Italian Grill, must feel like it's been wandering the casual dining bog in search of solid ground for years.

    Alas, there's no sign of dry land yet.

    Bloomin' Brands has been struggling, led by a 7.7 percent fourth quarter and 5.7 percent 2016 drop in customer traffic at its Outback Steakhouse chain.
{File photo from Bloomin' Brands]
  6. Why would these two St. Petersburg entrepreneurs want to open a used bookstore in the Internet age?

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG —The age of Amazon and online shopping has left a litany of retail casualties in its wake.

    Tim Russell, foreground, and his partner Bobby Hauske, sort through books at the 321-books.com warehouse at 4143 118th Ave N in Clearwater. The business is a reseller of used books which are catalogued and resold by the company at a high volume on Amazon.com. The company in March is opening a used bookstore at the Tyrone Square Mall, with plans to have more than 100,000 books on the shelves.
[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

  7. Winn-Dixie is beefing up its private label brands

    Retail

    Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, is rolling out a new and revamped line of private label products in its latest bid to stand out in a sea of grocery shopping options.

    Southeastern Grocers President and CEO Ian McLeod shows off the new "Kitchen" area in their newly remodeled Hyde Park grocery store.  Winn Dixie recently accounced its new line of private label products. 
[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  8. 5 things to do under $5: Mutt Derby returns, '80s parties, Quiet Riot at Motorcycle Expo

    Events

    1 Mutt Derby: Back after a 20-year hiatus, the hilarious day of non-greyhound racing on the Derby Lane track opens at noon Sunday. It's free for spectators to watch pets line up by weight division to race (many choose to run the wrong way). If you want to enter your mutt, registration begins at 11 …

    The Mutt Derby at Derby Lane is back after a 20-year hiatus.
  9. Verizon latest carrier to return to unlimited cell plans

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Verizon is the latest mobile carrier to bring back unlimited plans, but its version is pricier than offerings from rivals T-Mobile and Sprint.

    Verizon is the latest mobile carrier to bring back unlimited plans, but its version is pricier than offerings from rivals T-Mobile and Sprint. [Associated Press]
  10. Sears, Kmart join other retailers in dropping Trump-branded items

    Retail

    The list of companies dropping products that carry the Trump name grew this weekend, with two major U.S. retailers announcing that they're no longer selling Trump Home items online.

    Ivanka Trump arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for the presidential inauguration of her father Donald Trump. [Saul Loeb | Pool Photo via AP]