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  • 03 Mar
    Opening of 2015 Legislative Session 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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    The Board of Cosmetology is responsible for licensing and regulating cosmetology. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal

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  • FRF / Apr 14, 2015 Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
    Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $215 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.
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  • FRF / Mar 31, 2015 At Bealls Outlet, he's the king of a good deal
    Unlike what you'd find in its sister department stores, the dress or pair of shoes a shopper sees one day in an outlet store might not be there the next. That's the beauty of the hunt, says Dave Alves, president of the Bradenton company's outlet store division.
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  • FRF / Mar 12, 2015 PetSmart goes private as $8.7B sale closes

    Group of investors completes buyout of pet store retailer.

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    NEW YORK — PetSmart said Wednesday that it has been taken private, as a group of investors led by the buyout firm BC Partners completed their $8.7 billion acquisition of the pet store retailer.

    PetSmart President and CEO David Lenhart and Chairman Gregory Josefowicz are stepping down as part of the deal. Michael Massey is being named president and CEO, and Raymond Svider is the new non-executive chairman. Massey is the former CEO of Collective Brands Inc., which owns Payless ShoeSource, and Svider is managing partner at BC Partners.

    Lenhart became CEO of PetSmart in June 2013, the same time Josefowicz became chairman. Lenhart became president of the company in April 2014.

    In early July the activist hedge fund manager Jana Capital disclosed that it had taken a stake in PetSmart and had become the Phoenix-based company’s largest shareholder. Jana Partners said it wanted to talk to PetSmart’s board about a possible sale of the company and other changes that it said would improve company performance. Another major shareholder, Longview Asset Management, also pushed for the sale.

    PetSmart said at the time that it would consider putting itself up for sale and would cut costs. On Dec. 14, the company said it would be taken private in a deal that valued the company at $83 per share. That was a 39 percent premium to its closing price on July 2. PetSmart Inc. shareholders approved the sale on Friday. The company operates about 1,387 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    The company’s shares rose 4 cents to $82.99 in afternoon trading. The stock was scheduled to be delisted after the close of trading Wednesday.

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  • FRF / Jan 21, 2015 Job expansion expected over the next three years

    The Great Recession is not quite forgotten in Central Florida, but 2015 is all about growth, and the Orlando area is a star in the state forecast for jobs.

    The signs are everywhere: cranes along Orange Avenue, continued expansion of Medical City in Lake Nona, and the upcoming overhaul of Interstate 4.

    International Drive is booming with projects like the I-Drive 360 retail and entertainment complex, Universal Orlando is adding a new hotel, and downtown Orlando is getting a new soccer stadium. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has added a new attraction to downtown, and companies like Deloitte and Verizon in Seminole County and Voxx International in Orange are adding higher-paying jobs to the area with new facilities.

    If unemployment continues to drop at recent rates, local economists predict a rate of about 5 percent by the end of the year, which some economists consider normal. By many indications, Orlando is a leader in Florida's economic expansion, in terms of percentage of total jobs being added.

    "The pace of growth in Central Florida will be faster than what we see statewide," said Sean Snaith, economist at University of Central Florida. "The Orlando metro area is, by our forecast, the fastest-growing metro area in the state for jobs. That is fueled by the I-4 projects, Wekiva Expressway, SunRail, robust population growth, new companies here and, yes, the expansion of tourism again." read more

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Sears Holdings continued to struggle Friday in a week that the company will long remember for its announcement of plans to close up to 120 underperforming Sears and Kmart stores.

Late Thursday, the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based parent company released a partial list of 79 Sears and Kmart stores that the company has selected to close and its website says other stores will be identified at a unspecified later date. The list as of Friday afternoon contained 80 stores. A Kmart in Indiana had been added.

Sears Holdings (SHLD) has not said how many layoffs would be caused in closing the stores although its website says each store to be closed typically employs between 40 and 80 people. Based on the numbers provided, 4,000 to 9,600 workers could lose their jobs.

Florida shoppers will be the most affected: 11 stores in the state will be shuttered as the parent company tries to bolster its finances by focusing on more profitable stores.

Michigan, Ohio and Georgia will have the second most closures, with six stores in each state closing.

The company announced shutdowns in 21 other states, including California, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia. Of the announced closings to date, 41 are under the Sears brand and 39 are Kmart stores. Those two retail brands have been under the Sears Holdings umbrella since they merged in 2005.

Shares of the company's stock were walloped Tuesday, when the initial announcement was made, closing down 27% for the day. On Friday, the final trading day of 2011, the stock fell another 2% to $32.32, and the shares are nearly 85% below an April 2007 high of $195.18 a share.

Of course, dismal holiday shopping results aren't helping the stock either. And investors likely sold on news that Fitch Ratings downgrading the company's credit rating to "junk" this week, which will make it costlier for the company to borrow.

On Wednesday, Standard & Poors Rating Services said it was putting some of the company's debt on review for a possible downgrade. In mid-November S&P downgraded Sears Holdings to "B" from "B+."

"We believe that one of the primary issues is that the company has underinvested in its stores base, especially when compared with its peers," S&P said in a statement.

Credit Suisse Analyst Gary Balter has criticized Sears Holdings' investments in its stores.

In a report issued Tuesday, Balter said the company "effectively ask(s) customers to pay for a poorer shopping environment than available at competitors and online."

For its part, the company's CEO is pledging to investors and employees that the plan is to make necessary changes to get the company back on track. It operates about 4,000 Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S. and Canada and has a workforce of 312,000. Annual revenues are $43 billion.

"We can do better than this," CEO Lou D'Ambrosio said in an internal memo to employees on Tuesday. "We will do better than this."

In addition to the store closings, Sears Holdings has said it will reduce fixed costs, improve inventory management and launch more targeted pricing and promotions. The company recently launched an apparel and accessory line tied to the Kardashian sisters of reality TV fame, which garnered a fair amount of media attention. And Sears stores continue to offer well known brand names such as Kenmore and Lands' End.

"Change is never easy, but is necessary," D'Ambrosio said in the memo. "Our industry is going through profound changes and we need to evolve our business and execute with speed and excellence."

The retail landscape has been tough for Sears Holdings acquired Kmart while Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Target (TGT) have become stronger competitors. In the last two years alone, Sears Holdings has closed, or announced the pending closure, of up to 181 stores.

In 2010, it shut down 22 stores. It closed four stores in the first quarter of 2011 and announced in the second quarter that another 35 would be shuttered.

Earlier this year, Sears Holdings also converted 14 Sears stores to Kmart stores. read original article

Contributing: Associated Press