The sudden closing of the Wildwood Antique Mall off U.S. 98 just north of I-4 has left hundreds of vendors wondering if or when they’ll get access to their goods again. They learned via email on Wednesday night that the mall was closing immediately following a ruling earlier that day in federal bankruptcy court.
On Monday, city commissioners will consider updating the impact fees that dictate how much each owner of a newly constructed home, business or industry must pay to offset the cost of providing city infrastructure. More
The hotel being built next to the RP Funding Center will be managed by somebody who knows a thing or two about running a hotel near an entertainment/convention center. John Loute has been named general manager of the 126-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, according to a news release. His extensive hospitality resume includes nearly eight years (1999-2007) as manager of the Hyatt Place, the next-door neighbor to his new hotel. For the last eight years, he was manager of the La Quinta Inn & Suites near Lakeland Square mall.
Chef T’s Garden Grill has recently closed for business after a long run. It’s not entirely out of the question that the popular fine-dining restaurant in a 1920s-era yellow house has a future as Chef T’s again. “But for now I’m hanging up my chef’s jacket,” Terry Doner said. More
Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets reported several gains for the third quarter of its 2019 fiscal year: sales were up 6.3%, as were same-store sales. Stock, available only to associates and board members, was at a record $47.10 per share on Nov. 1, up from $44.10 in the second quarter; the previous high was $45.20 in March 2016. | Stock price chart
Lakeland City Commissioners today approved two land-use measures sought by The Williams Companies for their massive holdings near Florida Polytechnic University but not before saying they hope the land owners work with them on their vision for a research park in the area. More
Surrounding a largely procedural land-use change, Lakeland city commissioners say they see risks to their long-term desires to keep the Florida Polytechnic University area available for high-impact economic development tied to the school. More
While the amount of new industrial space in Lakeland has declined from its 2017 peak, leasing activity is steady and there are signs of pent-up demand, according to a Business Observer summary of a report from CoStar, a real estate analytics firm. The CoStar report, available only to subscribers, has this sub-headline: Conn’s HomePlus Distribution Center announcement is the latest success in robust construction pipeline | Conn’s announcement last month