Behind the plain-vanilla title of research and development manager, Tarisha Gray might have the sweetest job in Lakeland. Among her duties: tasting all of the ice cream flavors made in the Publix Super Markets dairy plants to decide if they need improvements. She also helps develop new Publix ice cream flavors.
Project Horizon: Publix Plans IT Expansion at Downtown FedEx Building
Publix Super Markets is planning to expand its information technology presence in downtown Lakeland by purchasing and upgrading the FedEx building and adding an estimated 100 new jobs in three years, according to Polk County documents. The Lakeland-based company is seeking $500,000 in local government incentives for the project and a partial exemption on ad […]
Grocer Aldi Plans to Build a New Store on South Florida Avenue
Low-frills grocer Aldi is coming to south Lakeland. The international chain is planning to build its second Lakeland store at 4532 S. Florida Ave., currently the site of a Golden Corral restaurant, which is slated for demolition.
Video Replay: Carol Jenkins Barnett Funeral
Funeral services for Lakeland philanthropist Carol Jenkins Barnett were held at 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church. Keep scrolling for a video replay of the service. The video starts with a slideshow of family photos; the service starts at around the 45-minute mark.
Carol Jenkins Barnett Remembered as a Compassionate Advocate and Role Model
As news spread through Lakeland today about the death of philanthropist and Publix heiress Carol Jenkins Barnett at age 65, friends and others whose lives she touched paid tribute. Some of those recollections follow. We will continue adding comments on Thursday.
Carol Jenkins Barnett, Philanthropist, Dies at Age 65
Carol Jenkins Barnett, the Lakeland-born philanthropist and daughter of the founder of Publix Super Markets, died Tuesday evening at home surrounded by her family. She was 65. (Editor’s note: I’m in Tampa on personal business and unable to follow this developing story today; please follow coverage by News Channel 8 and The Ledger.) LkldNow is […]
GreenWise Store Will Spotlight Lakeland Via Mural, Vendors
The GreenWise Market opening on South Florida Avenue in mid-December will showcase its Lakeland locale through a handful of home-grown vendors and a mural depicting local landmarks.
Publix Tile Mural Re-created at a Former Publix Store
A tile mural created for a Publix store in Fort Lauderdale has been re-created by artist Tim Pitzen, right, and unveiled today at a former Publix store that now houses the Lakeland office of the Polk County Tax Collector. Standing alongside the artist is Gregory Fancelli, who spearheaded the project. The original creamic-tile mural, titled […]
Mosaic Removal Approved; Where Should They Go?
The people working to preserve two tile mosaic murals that were whitewashed at the former Searstown have gotten permission to move them. Now they’re asking for input on two possible locations: the Polk Museum of Art or the Polk Tax Collector’s Office.
Citrus Mutual Sells Downtown HQ to Publix
Publix, which already has IT employees in at least three downtown locations, hasn’t said what it will do with the building that housed the citrus organization for 68 years. Tenants have until August to leave | ALSO: Ledger coverage Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal