The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is negotiating on two potential downtown sites to move its offices and establish an entrepreneurship center, new Chairman Matt Clark said in a profile article. “We hope to choose the final site within the next few months,” he said of the two sites — a vacant lot and an established building that would need renovation.
The iconic 70-foot arch at Southgate Shopping Center lost its nighttime neon glow years ago, but newly installed LED lighting will simulate the look. No word yet on when it will get turned on, but it was tested recently and Babe’s Shoes & Apparel posted photos to Facebook.
With its parent company declaring bankruptcy, Village Inn has closed about a quarter of its under-performing restaurants, including its location on Harden Road near the Polk Parkway. Most Village Inns in the Tampa Bay area remain open.
Winners tonight at Catapult’s 2nd Annual Lakeland Entrepreneur Awards were: More
Orlando Health, which had a brief affiliation with Lakeland Regional Health that ended 15 months ago, has announced its intention to buy 80 acres in south Lakeland “for a potential future medical campus.” More
Help(her), a new Lakeland business, helps small organizations and individuals needing assistance with a variety of tasks. They pair the client’s needs with a member of their team of background-checked women who work for $15 an hour | Help(her) website
Lanier Upshaw Inc., a 60-employee insurance agency founded in Lakeland in 1941, is being acquired by Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of BRP Group Inc., of Tampa, an insurance distribution firm, the companies announced today. More
Brennan Investment Group is going for a second large spec warehouse near the I-4/Polk Parkway Intersection north of Florida Polytechnic University. The Chicago developer recently closed on a 165-acre purchase from Ruthven I-4 LLC to the north and west of that interchange, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. More