A team that includes the man who founded Lifestyle Fitness in Lakeland and built it to 55 gyms is bringing Crunch Fitness to Lakeland with plans to open a $2 million, 24,000-square-foot facility on South Florida Avenue. More
Conn’s HomePlus, a retailer of bargain-focused home furnishings, announced today it is moving into Florida, planning up to 40 stores that will be served by a 413,000-square-foot Lakeland distribution center scheduled to open next year. More
Lakeland’s soon-to-open first ice arena will be new, but all of its tables, benches and bar tops harken to history; they are repurposed from the wooden lanes of the bowling alley that used to occupy the building on Memorial Boulevard near I-4. More
Leadership Lakeland, a Lakeland Chamber of Commerce program to develop community leaders, tonight introduced the 30 members of its 37th class. The members will devote one day each month for the next nine months to learning about different segments of community life, such as government, health care, education, economy, human services, criminal justice, art and media. More
A 710,962-square-foot warehouse planned for property that was once part of the Lakeland Drag Strip could grow to more than 1 million square feet, as a result of City Commission action today. That would make it one of the five largest warehouses in Lakeland. More
With a 3-year growth rate of 284% and 2018 revenue of $29.2 million, AgAmerica Lending placed 1,457th on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the US. Also from #lkld: Universal Painting Corp. (3,968) and GMF Steel Group (4,255). https://t.co/Zls3FW0brE pic.twitter.com/7KEtiBVLvS
— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) August 17, 2019
Hunt Brothers Construction has received a permit for the $3.5 million job to lay the foundation for Amazon Service Inc.’s $100 million air cargo facility at Lakeland Linder Airport, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. The newspaper also reported this week (here) that Amazon is reported to be a top contender for a 1.078-million-square-foot warehouse being built near I-4 and Berkley Road in the Auburndale area.
Dissent Craft Brewing, which runs a popular taproom in a St. Petersburg strip mall, is planning to expand to downtown Lakeland. If approved by the city, it would be the fourth in a cluster of bars on South Kentucky Avenue and potentially one of eight alcohol-only establishments downtown. More
“You just have to look at what has happened at the Lakeland Ledger to see how GateHouse runs its company.” So said FSU communications professor Jennifer Proffitt in a Tampa Bay Times article about the likely effects of the planned merger between Ledger owner GateHouse Media and Gannett.
After GateHouse purchases Gannett, 20 daily newspapers in Florida will fall under the same owner, and only five will remain in the hands of three other owners. Reporter Rick Danielson cites a reduction in Ledger news staff from 99 to 15 since 1999, resulting in “a newspaper where aggressive corporate cost-cutting has undermined the ability of reporters on the ground to report on the public’s business and to hold those in power to account.” Read more