Trader Joe’s will open its first store in St. Petersburg early 2015, just prior to Valentine’s Day. The store will be located at 2742 Fourth Street North and store hours will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Trader Joe’s recently opened a Tampa store and has received a phenomenal response and huge following from customers around the bay area, including customers from St. Petersburg. In fact, on many evenings and during the weekends, the store is jam-packed and traffic and parking just outside of the retailer usually has to be directed because of traffic problems. Now, St. Petersburg patrons will have easier access to a local Trader Joe’s location which is scheduled to open Feb. 13, 2015. Read more at TBBJ. Photo courtesy Eric Snider.
Numerous Tampa development projects have been announced, with several already in the works. It is highly anticipated that these new projects will have a significant, positive impact on Tampa, especially the Channel district, downtown and surrounding areas. Ask Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn about the positive transition Tampa is making and he will tell you that it is the “most exciting time in the city’s history.” In addition to the economic boost to the market, the surge in growth will continue to attract new residents including a large number of millennials to Tampa. In fact, Tampa has recently been pinned a “millennial magnet.” Some of the newest projects include a planned apartment tower in and around downtown Tampa, retail and restaurants in the urban core and a potential an expanded mass transit system to support the influx of residents, business and traffic. Read more at TBBJ.
The new Mall at University Town Center has released an extensive list of retailers that will occupy the upscale shopping complex. The $315 million project, which began late 2012, is expected to host a grand opening on October 16. Luxury stores such as Sak’s Fifth Avenue, high-end furniture retailer Arhaus, Michael Kors, and Tesla Motors will have a presence at the new mall. At the time of our previous blog post on September 16, the complex was 90% leased out. See the list here. Photo courtesy Sam Black.
America II Electronics Inc., a St. Petersburg-based company, is an official sponsor of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl in December. The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl is a college football, postseason game played at Tropicana in St. Petersburg, Florida annually.
The 25 year-old company, who globally distributes semiconductors and components will host the event’s welcome press conference and will provide reception for participating schools as mentioned in a statement.
Brett Dulaney, executive director of the Bitcoin ST. Petersburg Bowl states, “We are excited to have an international company based in St. Petersburg joining our family of corporate sponsors.” Michael Galinski, CEO and founder of America II Electronics says that “America II is delighted to be part of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.” This is about so much more than college football. This sponsorship is part of America II’s ongoing commitment to support our community. It’s about promoting the St. Petersburg area with the goal of strengthening our local economy.” Although the sponsorship has officially been announced, financial terms of the sponsorship were not disclosed. Read more here. Photo courtesy TBBJ.
Jeff Vinik recently purchased the Marriott Waterside hotel in Tampa’s Channel District, for $150 million, adding another item to his downtown Tampa real estate portfolio. His newly hired team, announced last week will work to turn each of the recently acquired assets into what he’s envisioning as a “unified, urban waterfront district,” according to a Tampa Bay Business Journal article.
A real estate executive says that the deal closed at a “fair price,” and the acquisition will bring about a great boost to the area.
Vinik’s keen eye for business opportunity will be beneficial to the local Tampa market and the Marriott Waterside hotel is one of those such opportunities, according to Daniel Peek, senior managing director of Tampa’s HFF LP office. He says, “It’s a very high profile asset that reportedly performs very well.” Read more at Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Bookseller, Rizzoli now has a presence in Tampa’s Oxford Exchange retail shop. Rizzoli Studio will feature illustrated “custom curated” books appropriate for the Tampa location from Rizzoli Publishing.
“One of the things we want to do is to establish Ausbert de Arce mentioned in a statement that the goal is to offer a list of titles that takes a clear editorial position in content and style.” Their goal is to present a unique collection to the studio’s target customer. Read more at TBBJ. Photo courtesy Oxford Exchange.
The new Amazon warehouse in Ruskin, FL shipped it’s first item to an unnamed customer in New York. The item: an “Anna” doll from the Disney movie “Frozen,” according to TBO.com. The new site plans to add 1,000 employees, with hundreds more temporary employees added for the holiday season. Additional details about the facility are a challenge since photos, tours or interviews have not been allowed so far.
Hillsborough county provided $6 millions plus in incentives, coupled with another $900,000 from the state of Florida. Read more at TBO.com.
Photo courtesy Amazon/TBO.com.
Great news for customers desiring to fly Edelweiss Air to Switzerland from Tampa International Airport. Edelweiss announced today that they will now host three flights to Tampa each week, starting June 2015, due to the rate of success they’ve encountered.
Edelweiss chief commercial officer Alain Chisari, said in a prepared statement that the route was a success from the beginning.
TIA has enjoyed the nonstop flight to continental Europe since 2012, giving Tampa its first in 15 years. Initially, Edelweiss provided departure flights once per week, then increased to twice per week this past summer and will now offer customers direct flights to Switzerland on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Read more at Tampabay.com.
Photo courtesy Edelweiss.
The Tampa Bay Rays could have a new stadium site in the Tampa area soon, based on previous on-going discussions between officials to relocate the team due to sub-par attendance at games. The move would contribute to the region economically and attract more attendees to the team’s games and further enhance the growth and development that Tampa is currently experiencing.
This Wednesday, County Commissioner Ken Hagan said he will be asking fellow board members to commission the Tampa Sports Authority the task of handling the Tampa Bay Rays if they are permitted to search for sites in other areas outside of Pinellas County.
Hagan says that “We have every reason to believe an agreement is near which would allow the Rays to legally speak and meet … about a new stadium.” Read more at TBO.com.
Photo courtesy TBO.com/Luke Johnson.
Recently, Tampa City Council voted on Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s proposal, to build a 400-room hotel in Tampa’s Channelside District. This initial approval to move forward with plans will be followed by a second hearing and vote regarding rezoning on October 2. A final approval will permit Vinik’s team to select a hotel operator and advance plans towards the development of a 2.8 acre parking lot. Plans include constructing the hotel at the Corner of South Florida Avenue and Old Water Street, with the parking lot just west of the Amalie Arena. Read more at WTSP.com.
Photo courtesy Tampa Bay Lightning.