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Longtime Jacksonville Landing store to close its doors
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:23:00 +0000

A tradition at the Jacksonville Landing that offered a quick purchase of a newspaper, smokes or even a sewing kit is calling it quits.

Sundrez sundries store, which has been at the Landing at a couple different locations inside the riverfront shopping hub for over 20 years, is being shuttered, said Landing General Manger Janice Lowe.

Slideshow: 27 years of The Jacksonville Landing

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Upcoming job fairs and seminars
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:09:35 +0000

A few opportunities for job-seekers are coming up:

■ The city of Jacksonville’s Military Affairs and Veterans Department will hold its monthly career and employment counseling seminar for veterans and active duty military on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Suite 120 of CityHall, 117 W. Duval St.

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Working on the First Coast: How Jacksonville's Alhambra Theatre was saved
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:59:32 +0000

Five years ago this month, the future of the Alhambra Dinner Theatre was in doubt. Despite 42 years of operation, 18 months of declining ticket sales had made it impossible for owner Tod Booth to continue. After one last performance of “Forever Plaid,” he dropped the curtain and locked the doors. Ticket sales had dropped from a high of 155,000 in 2001 to 85,000 in 2008.

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Work Wanted: Landing top talent when you need it most
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:41:54 +0000

As the competition for talent heats up, companies are thinking of new ways to approach recruiting.

Dr. John Sullivan, a recruiting consultant and author, has recommended what he calls “Evergreen Recruiting” since 1999. Evergreen recruiting is a process that keeps postings for hard-to-fill positions open on a continuous basis. Contrary to almost every theory of human resources, Sullivan recommends creating a surplus of talent in mission-critical positions. The approach works best for jobs with multiple openings, like nursing, retail, or IT.

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Sunbeam Road apartment complex sells for $26.2 million
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:29:24 +0000

An Iowa company has purchased its fourth First Coast apartment complex in the past month. BH Management Services of Des Moines paid $26.2 million for the Victoria Park complex on Sunbeam Road.

The 520-unit complex was built in 1987.

It’s the final purchase in a portfolio from IMT Residential of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Last month, BH Management bought The Park at Regency on Beacon Point Drive, Colonial Forest on Firestone Road and The Park at Blanding on Blairmore Boulevard in Orange Park, along with three other complexes in Daytona Beach and Tampa.

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Regency Square Mall dealt another blow: Major anchor store set to depart
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:03:46 +0000

Although it’s been suspected for some time, Belk has made it official: It will close its store in Regency Square Mall. The department store chain is building a new store four miles east in the Atlantic North shopping center. Employees had said they’d been told the Regency store would close when the new one opens next March, but the company had not confirmed it.

Then Monday, Jessica Graham, vice president of communications and community relations for Belk, said the store would close in mid-February.

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Area home sales and prices decline, but pending sales at nine-year high
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:14:14 +0000

Fewer homes were sold in Northeast Florida last month than in the month before. And they sold for less money, too. Median sales prices dropped in August, both from July and from August 2013, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

There were only a few pieces of good news in the report. Even though sales were down, there more pending sales (contracts signed, but not closed) than any month since mid-2005.

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Career Track: Who's on the move in First Coast business
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:40:46 +0000

Auld & White Constructors, a Jacksonville-based commercial building firm, promoted Teresa “Terry” Durand-Stuebben to vice president.

She will oversee the firm’s business development and work acquisition team.

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Stacy Cruikshank, outside sales professional from FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach, received the Bronze Sales Award at the recent 2014 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit in Frisco, Texas.

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One Spark founder says 5,000 attendance in Berlin topped expectations
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:08:54 +0000

The One Spark START: Berlin event Friday and Saturday in Germany exceeded expectations, the Jacksonville-based organizers of the crowdfunding festival said.

In a phone interview from Berlin Monday, One Spark founder Elton Rivas said the event celebrating entrepreneurs and artists drew about 5,000 people over two days. Friday was basically the opening ceremonies of the event while Saturday was the actual participation day that featured about 50 “creators”— participants in the event who showcased their concepts at booths and displays.

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Northeast Florida Hispanic business leadership group to feature CSX exec as keynote speaker Tuesday
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:14:24 +0000

Oscar Munoz, executive vice president and chief operating officer for CSX, is the keynote speaker for the biannual meeting of the Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida Tuesday night.

Munoz’ speech, “Seizing the Latino Advantage, the power of the new mainstream,” will address business and professional trends facing Hispanics.

The Hispanic institute provides career tips and guidance for the advancement of Latinos in business.

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Gas prices hit seven-month low
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:13:11 +0000

The price of gas has fallen to its lowest since February. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas dropped in the last 4 cents to $3.40 nationally and 4 cents to $3.32 in both Florida and Georgia.

In Jacksonville Monday morning, the average price for regular gas was $3.27, down from $3.32 a week ago, $3.36 a month ago and $3.47 a year ago. The highest average in the state was in West Palm Beach/Boca Raton at $3.45. The lowest was in Tampa/St. Petersburg at $3.22.

In Georgia, the cheapest gas was $3.11 in Albany. The most expensive was $3.39 in Atlanta.

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A $350 million building's neighbors are abandoned buildings and lots in downtown Jacksonville
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:39:37 +0000

The big courthouse stands majestically over the landscape at the west end of downtown. The $350 million building takes up an entire block and is home to hundreds of employees.

But the neighborhood around it looks pretty much as it did two years ago when the Duval County Courthouse opened: For sale or lease signs nailed to empty buildings and tied to fences surrounding empty lots.

The courthouse has brought few businesses to LaVilla. There’s Courtyard Cafe across the street, On the Fly food truck a block away and a hot dog cart right across Broad Street.

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Sunday Business Notebook: Intuition Ale Works move could be a draw
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:32:32 +0000

Intuition Ale Works’ plan to move to the area near the sports complex is really a best-case scenario. With all the people who go to that eastern area of downtown for football games, baseball games and concerts, there needs to be some kind of entertainment and dining.

But it also needs to be something that will survive the days and nights when nothing is going on down there.

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Good News: Bishop Kenny students return $1.6 million in school improvements
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:09:17 +0000

When Bishop Kenny High School’s 1,200 students recently returned to class, they found $1.6 million worth of improvements had been made to the Southside campus.

“We are so pleased with this summer’s projects — most especially because of the diverse nature of the improvements and additions that have been made,” the Rev. Michael Houle, the school’s president, said in a news release. “We’ve impacted the academic and technology programs, the arts, our stadium facilities and even the lobby area where visitors to campus are welcomed.”

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One Spark Berlin compact, but diverse in opening ceremonies
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:13:51 +0000

One Spark organizers knew their new venture of One Spark Berlin would be smaller than their home base event in Jacksonville and it definitely was on opening night Friday.

There were an estimated 1,000 people attending the opening of One Spark Berlin over four hours in the center of Berlin in the Platoon Kunsthalle — German for art house — which was constructed out of recycled cargo containers. The event in Europe is in one venue only as opposed to about 80 venues in Jacksonville that covered 20 square blocks of downtown.

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Last updated at: 9/17/2014 3:52:04 AM ET

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