Retail Sales Up Slightly in March

American retail sales increased by 0.3 percent between February and March, according to calculations released last week by the National Retail Federation.

04/20/2017 By staff


New Bradenton Goodwill Opens

The store includes 17,300 square feet of retail space and 11,300 square feet of production space.

04/13/2017 By staff


7-Eleven Looking for New Franchise Owners

7-Eleven Inc., which has 23 stores in Sarasota, is hosting a free seminar for those interested in opening franchises.

04/12/2017 By staff


Paint Retailer Opens Fourth Location

Sarasota’s Benjamin Moore paint retailer recently opened a new store in Lakewood Ranch.

04/05/2017 By staff


New South Sarasota Grocery Store Opens Wednesday

Sarasota's first Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open to the public at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 12.

04/05/2017 By staff


DeSoto Square Mall Goes for $25.5 Million

Brooklyn's DeSoto Owners LLC last week purchased the DeSoto Square Mall from the New York company that previously owned the property for $25.5 million.

03/28/2017 By staff


Mall Launches New Series of Weekly Fitness Events

The Mall at University Town Center is launching its new UTC Fab & Fit Club from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26.

03/22/2017 By staff

New hires

Mall Names New Marketing, Sponsorship Director

Lauren Clark was recently named the marketing and sponsorship director for The Mall at University Town Center.

03/02/2017 By staff


New Grocery Delivery Company Launches

The company Instacart will begin offering delivery services in Sarasota through stores such as ABC, Publix, Whole Foods Market, Costco and Petco.

02/28/2017 By staff


New Honey Shop, Bee Education Center Opens

The Sarasota Honey Company recently opened the Honey Bee Education Center, Nursery, and Honey Shoppe in Sarasota.

02/28/2017 By staff


Walmart Leases Sarasota Warehouse Space

Walmart Stores East LP recently leased 40,038 square feet of warehouse space in the Independence Business Center.

02/27/2017 By staff


Americans Plan to Save, Rather Than Spend, Tax Return Money

A record low number of Americans plan to spend their tax returns this year, according to survey results released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation.

02/22/2017 By staff


Retail Imports Expected to Increase

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports during the first half of 2017 are expected to increase 4.6 percent over the first half of 2016.

02/14/2017 By staff


Valentine's Day Spending Expected to Drop

U.S. consumers will spend less on Valentine's Day this year than in the last two years, according to the results of a new survey published by the National Retail Federation.

02/08/2017 By staff


Sarasota Bookstore Moving

Downtown's Bookstore1Sarasota is moving down the street.

02/02/2017 By staff


Retail Federation Predicts Dip in Super Bowl Spending

The National Retail Federation is predicting that American consumers will spend an average of $75 per person for a total of $14.1 billion while watching Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5.

01/31/2017 By staff


Autonomous Transit Vehicle Showcased

The Paris-based public transit company Transdev held an autonomous transit vehicle demonstration at the Mall at University Town Center on Monday.

01/24/2017 By staff

High Steaks

Prime Serious Steakhouse Opens at Sarasota Square Mall

Prime Serious Steak is indeed serious about meat.

01/23/2017 By Judi Gallagher


Retail Imports Up More Than Expected

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the holiday season.

01/16/2017 By staff


Florida Consumer Sentiment Increases

Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased between November and December, according to the latest survey results published by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

01/05/2017 By staff