Thursday, November 15, 2018

Business News

Column: Dear Amazon, from Tampa Bay: Why don't you love us?
Amazon has chosen its second headquarters. Tampa wasn’t the winner. (Associated Press)
Seattle-based Amazon decided to open a second headquarters, splitting it between New York City and the Washington, D.C., area. Tampa Bay never had a chance.
St. Peterburg-based HSN, now part of the Qurate Retail Group, reported a 5 percent slump in revenue during the third quarter. 
[SCOTT KEELER | Times]
HSN’s revenue slumps 5 percent, but parent company still posts higher sales
Store manager Cindy Gallo shows off the expanded toy department's new doll display at the Super Target in Clearwater. (Sara DiNatale | TIMES)
Look inside the new Target: six stores have been overhauled in Tampa Bay
Honeywell Aerospace's plant in Clearwater is expected to receive a handful of jobs from a plant being closed in Albuquerque, N.M.
Honeywell Aerospace moving a handful of jobs to Clearwater from Albuquerque plant to be closed

Top Business News

Mr. Kellogg of cereal fame once owned one of Tampa Bay’s most unusual properties now for sale

Mr. Kellogg of cereal fame once owned one of Tampa Bay’s most unusual properties now for sale

Imagine enjoying your Kellogg’s Corn Flakes each morning in a house once owned by W.K. Kellogg himself. Or living in a building on the National Register of Historic Places. Or dipping your toes in your private lagoon. Yes, Tampa Bay homebuyers...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/12/18
Safety tips for Realtors: forget the taser and spike heels, always follow, never lead a client

Safety tips for Realtors: forget the taser and spike heels, always follow, never lead a client

ST. PETERSBURG — Chips Wells, crime prevention specialist for the St. Petersburg Department, has daughter who’s a Realtor. Among the advice he gave her: Forget the spike heels when showing a house to a stranger. "I want you to wear shoes...
Published: 11/09/18
Hotel developer closes on block next to Tampa City Hall for Hyatt project

Hotel developer closes on block next to Tampa City Hall for Hyatt project

TAMPA — HRI Properties has closed on its $7.6 million purchase of a city-owned block next to Tampa’s City Hall and says it plans to start construction later this month on a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel project.In 2016, Tampa put out...
Published: 11/09/18
What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities

What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities

There’s a lot to unpack from the midterms.Will the recounts change the outcome of any of the statewide races?Can polling find a better model, one that predicts the actual winners?Will felons who have served their sentences really get their voting rig...
Published: 11/09/18
Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown completes renovations

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown completes renovations

The Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown held a grand-reopening this week after completing extensive renovations. The hotel now has updated guest rooms, bathrooms and public spaces, according to the hotel’s management company, McKibbon Hospitality.Re...
Published: 11/09/18

Business News

Port Tampa Bay negotiating to move ConAgra flour mill to Port Redwing

Port Tampa Bay negotiating to move ConAgra flour mill to Port Redwing

After 80 years in downtown Tampa, the ConAgra flour mill could be moving to Port Redwing near Apollo Beach, clearing the way for a future expansion of Water Street Tampa.
Updated: 1 hour ago
The 2018 Black Friday guide to shopping: Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy

The 2018 Black Friday guide to shopping: Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy

With Black Friday looming, and most major retailers kicking sales off after dinner on Thanksgiving, here's a guide that breaks down the trends and when your favorite retailers are open.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Out of the circus business, Feld aims to get into theme parks

Out of the circus business, Feld aims to get into theme parks

With the Ringling circus shuttered, the Palmetto-based entertainment company looks to expand into the attractions industry.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Citizens Property Insurance Co. took a smaller hit from Hurricane Michael than expected.

Citizens Property Insurance Co. took a smaller hit from Hurricane Michael than expected.

The state-backed insurer of last resort says it has received just more than 3,100 claims so far.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Gov. Rick Scott names engineer Hung Mai to board of Port Tampa Bay

Gov. Rick Scott names engineer Hung Mai to board of Port Tampa Bay

If confirmed by the Florida Senate, civil engineer Hung Mai of Lutz will replace former Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Griffin, who resigned from the board of Port Tampa Bay in July.
Updated: 7 hours ago
FDA plan would ban menthol cigarettes, crack down on flavored cigars and vapes

FDA plan would ban menthol cigarettes, crack down on flavored cigars and vapes

A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes.
Updated: 7 hours ago
USF marks construction milestone at medical school building in Water Street Tampa

USF marks construction milestone at medical school building in Water Street Tampa

The University of South Florida and Tampa leaders Wednesday marked the "topping off," or completion of vertical construction, on the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Pinellas hotels report 6 percent dip in room sales since Red Tide hit

Pinellas hotels report 6 percent dip in room sales since Red Tide hit

Pinellas County is still on track to break its bed-tax collection record, even though Red Tide has showed little sign of letting up.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Disney unveils plans for ‘Guardians of Galaxy’ coaster, high-tech robots

Disney unveils plans for ‘Guardians of Galaxy’ coaster, high-tech robots

At an amusement park industry trade show, a Disney executive hails the next generation of animatronics.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18

New Jersey manufacturer relocates headquarters to Seminole

S.S. White Technologies, which specializes in flexible shaft technology, moved into a 90,000 square foot facility at 8300 Sheen Drive.
Published: 11/14/18