The St. Petersburg-based newspaper looks at Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s hiring of a Publix-connected member of the Hollis family as a liaison to the ag industry and frames it among other links between Putnam and Publix, a company regulated by Putnam’s department.
In an interview with The Lakelander, Jae Choe discusses his path: growing up with martial arts at his family’s tae kwon do dojo, studying architecture and applying concepts he learned from architecture to a new karate business.
OLD PUBLIX, NEW PUBLIX: Demolition has started at the 1960-vintage Publix Super Market (store No. 11) at Grove Park. In its place will rise a modern 46,000-square-foot replacement Publix with a pharmacy and adjoining liquor store. We hear that the store’s mural is bring preserved.
Lakeland Linder and five other airports in Polk and Highlands counties will benefit from a $300,000 federal grant to build a network aimed at producing higher-wage jobs in the aviation sector. Polk State College, Draken International and several other organizations are also participating | News release
A 4:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting today at a strip shopping near I-4 marked the official opening of Lakeland’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Curaleaf opened last week in the Market Square center on U.S. 98 that also includes Just Moves Gym and Guitar Center. It is part of an expanding company that advertises same-day or next-day delivery throughout Florida.
If any company can succeed at building a new-to-them grocery concept from scratch, it’s Publix Super Markets, UF retailing expert Steve Kirn (LinkedIn) tells Sarasota Herald-Tribune retail columnist Laura Finaldi. Lakeland is one of four cities Publix has chosen to re-launch its GreenWise Market concept (see our previous story), and Kirn says each location will help Publix test different aspects of the venture. The Lakeland store is being built across South Florida Avenue from the Lake Miriam Publix.
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the 30 members of the newest class of Leadership Lakeland, a program designed to identify and train leaders for volunteer organizations. Class XXXVI is led by chair Michelle B. Ledford of MADE, a branding agency, and chair-elect Chuck McDanal of Kindelan McDanal & Associates. Class members include:
Two large and modern distribution facilities off I-4 on either side of Lakeland — County Line Road and CR 33 near Florida Poly — demonstrate the area remains attractive to industrial developers, the Business Observer’s real estate writer says.
Reececliff Family Diner faced online backlash earlier this week after a job applicant was asked not to show up for an interview after she disclosed she is pregnant. Restaurant owner James Bronkhorst issued an apology Thursday, saying the employee erred and inviting the woman in to discuss job possibilities.
Here is the response we got tonight from the restaurant. pic.twitter.com/m789BVm10l
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