The supermarket giant declined to make its next chief executive available for the profile article.
The likely chief tenant for the Tudor House in Dixieland is a craft beer and wine bar whose owners have big plans, property owner Gregory Fancelli tells The Ledger. Richard Sherfey, a Lakeland native and part of the team that founded Orlando’s Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour, is saying little about his plans for the bar. He previously considered two other Lakeland bar locations: one downtown for a venue called Cob and Pen and another Dixieland site.
The Tampa Bay Times checks out Amazon’s Ruskin center, which the article says is similar to the Lakeland Amazon facility on County Line Road. While the larger Ruskin location focuses on smaller items and employs more than 2,500 people, Lakeland boasts a giant robotic arm to move large items and employs 800.
Adriana Mellas, the upbeat presence behind the Drica’s Specialty Coffees food truck, got national recognition this week when Drica’s was named a 2016 Small Business Champion by SCORE. (There were only five in Florida and 103 total in the U.S.) We talked with Mellas about the path that led her from Brazil to corporate marketing in New York to sharing coffee and pastries in Lakeland. More