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. More
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: More
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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Grocery and convenience stores in unincorporated Polk can now sell beer and wine on Sunday mornings. County commissioners on the prevailing side of Tuesday’s 3-2 vote said those merchants should have the same rules as competitors within Lakeland and Lake Wales city limits. Unlike in Lakeland, alcohol sales will still not be allowed in restaurants in unincorporated Polk before noon on Sundays.
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IKEA announced today it will lease 326,000 square feet for a distribution center off Allen K. Breed Highway in Lakeland’s County Line Road warehousing corridor. The facility is expected to open in early 2019 and will bring 200 jobs to the area, the company said. The fulfillment center will be operated by DHL Supply Chain and focus on items ordered online by customers in Florida. Here’s some background on the site.