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  1. Soccer store opens on Gunn Highway, just in time for the World Cup

    Retail

    Even though the United States Men's soccer team didn't qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, that hasn't diminished local fans' excitement about the upcoming international event.

  2. Plan your weekend Dec. 15-17: Katy Perry, boat parades, Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

    Consumer

    Plan your weekend

    Superstar

    Katy Perry: In the ever-escalating arms race to be the most eye-popping pop star on the planet, sometimes you have to call in for backup. Even if you're Katy Perry. When plotting her lavishly spectacular Witness Tour, which arrives in Tampa on Friday, …

  3. Top things to do this week: Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

    Events

    NEW HOPE: Star Wars parties

    With the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the force of fan excitement is strong, so of course there are Star Wars parties this weekend. The giant movie complex Riverview 14 GDX is having celebration with characters from the film available for photos in …

  4. 5 things to do under $5: Gasparilla Bowl beach day, Hanukkah on Ice, boat parades

    Events

    1 Battle at the Beach: The Gasparilla Bowl is coming to Tropicana Field on Dec. 21, but before that the bands, cheerleaders and dance teams from Florida International University and Temple University will have a day of beach-related games and competitions. It's free to watch from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at …

  5. Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

  6. Nicko's Fine Foods, classic diner and Seminole Heights icon, closes after six decades

    Retail

    Nicko's Fine Foods, known as the place Elvis Presley ate following a 1956 concert and Tampa's last classic prefabricated diner, has shut down after more than 60 years in business.

  7. French group to take over Westfield malls for $15.7 billion

    Retail

    Three Tampa Bay malls may soon be under new management. French real estate company Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy Australia-based shopping mall operator Westfield Corp. for $15.7 billion in cash and shares.

  8. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Chris Sullivan steps off Bloomin' Brands' board

    Retail

    Chris Sullivan, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, resigned from the board of the restaurant chain's parent company last Wednesday, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The document, filed by Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands, did not provide a reason for Sullivan's departure.

  9. From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

    Events

    At night, Hogwarts Castle is suddenly dusted with snow in steamy Florida. It's not really snow, but light causing this trick of the eye. Projectors and sophisticated software then send ghosts across the castle towers. A turret spins and turns into a towering Christmas tree before melting into golden bolts of …

  10. Publix ranks sixth best for workplace diversity

    Retail

    Publix was named the sixth-most diverse employer in the country in Fortune magazine's "100 Best Workplaces for Diversity 2017" list.