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  1. Department store chain from Puerto Rico coming to University Mall

    Retail

    TAMPA — Grand's, a department store chain from Puerto Rico, will open inside the former Dillard's space at University Mall in September.

    Grand's, a department store chain from n Puerto Rico, will open inside the former Dillard's space at University Mall in Tampa in September. Coloring rendering of revamped University Mall.
[CBRE Group]
  2. Famous Lego exhibition coming to Tampa for a free show courtesy of the Viniks

    Events

    Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, have a fondness for modern, whimsical art. And Vinik and his partners have laid out plans to transform Tampa's Channelside area into a dynamic urban center full of parks, public art and amenities.

    Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Sawaya’s sculpture Yellow is one of his creations featured in the “The Art of the Brick” exhibition. The imaginative show has been drawing large crowds worldwide since 2007.
  3. Wal-Mart Reports 63 Percent Rise in Online Sales

    Retail

    Wal-Mart reported a staggering rise in online sales in the first quarter Thursday. But now the question is whether the country's largest retailer can sustain that growth to become a true competitor to the online juggernaut Amazon.

    Wal-Mart reported a staggering rise in online sales in the first quarter Thursday. [Times file photo]
  4. Art Planner: James Rosenquist in Memoriam, Last chance for Tour de Shine

    Visual Arts

    Local legend: James Rosenquist in Memoriam

    Painter James Rosenquist in his Aripeka studio in 2008.
  5. 5 things to do under $5: Bicycle rides, RV show, Bands and Beer By the Bay

    Events

    1 National Bike Month: There are several free bike rides — some for a good cause — to choose from this weekend for National Bike Month. On Friday, cyclists will meet at 8 a.m. at Station Square Park, 612 Cleveland St., Clearwater, for a leisurely 4-mile Bike Your City ride that …

    There are several free bike rides — some for a good cause — to choose from this weekend for National Bike Month.
  6. LA Fitness closing Hyde Park Village location

    Retail

    TAMPA — Hyde Park Village will soon have an open slot for a business with a "health and wellness" focus. LA Fitness is closing its location in the WS Development-owned shopping center June 30.

    LA Fitness is shutting down its Hyde Park Village location, depicted here under construction in June 2016. | Monica Herndon, Times
  7. Deal alert: Wednesday is Free Smoothie Day in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Smoothie King stores across Tampa Bay are celebrating the start of summer with their annual Free Smoothie Day promotion on Wednesday, May 17.

    Free Smoothie Day returns to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. [Smoothie King]
  8. 10 Tampa Bay attractions where mom gets in free for Mother's Day

    Events

    Those of us who are shopping-challenged have long learned the very best gift you can give your mother is your attention. Luckily, several attractions in the area are giving moms free admission this weekend with at least one paid admission by her adoring minions. Among them:

    Visitors enjoy an installation at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg. [LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times]
  9. Will the new meal kits at Publix rival Blue Apron and HelloFresh? We put it to the test

    Retail

    First it was grocery delivery with Instacart. Next it was adding Starbucks kiosks inside some stores. Now Publix Supermarkets is piloting a new meal kit program, similar to what consumers see from popular online companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, with individualized portions for meals.

    Publix is piloting a meal kits program at its store in Citrus Park. Consumers can grab a bag to go that has all the instructions and ingredients needed to make dinner for a family of four in six steps or less.
 [JUSTINE GRIFFIN | Times]
  10. Retail sales pick up, but brick-and-mortar stores still ailing

    Retail

    WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their spending at auto dealers, hardware stores and e-commerce outlets as retail sales rebounded from two sluggish months.

    Window shoppers look into a store on Miami Beach last month. On Friday, the Commerce Department reported a rise in retail sales. 
[Associated Press]