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Wal-Mart to offer online grocery ordering in Tampa, Orlando, Miami

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Wal-Mart announced that its online grocery ordering system will start rolling out in five Florida cities over the coming weeks. Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Naples and Cape Coral are among the first 20 cities to get online grocery ordering from the mega retailer, which has made a major push into the grocery market over the past few years. The three stores participating in the Tampa area are the Wal-Mart supercenters on Causeway Boulevard, Gibsonton Drive and Gunn Highway. In the announcement, Wal-Mart said online grocery…

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Wal-Mart announces two Polk County e-commerce sites, 625 jobs

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An incentives deal with mega-retailer Wal-Mart will bring 625 jobs and a pair of new warehouses to Polk County, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. “I’m proud to announce that Wal-Mart will be creating 625 new jobs at their new e-commerce facilities in Polk County,” Scott said. “Because of our work to create a business-friendly environment, more businesses like Wal-Mart are choosing Florida as the best place to grow and create new jobs.” The first facility, measuring around 1 million square…

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Grocery retailers aim to push “Whiskey and Wheaties” redux in 2016

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A legislative push to commingle whiskey and Wheaties will be back for a third time before Florida lawmakers next year. A coalition of national big-box stores and their allies will meet within the next two weeks to work on this year’s strategy, spokeswoman Christina Johnson said. Wal-Mart, Target and others formed Floridians for Fair Business Practices. They’ve wanted to repeal the Prohibition-era law that requires retailers to sell hard liquor in a store that is separate from groceries and other…

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Gary Stein: Symbols and cymbals mark Fourth of July

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As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all. Symbols can range from icons to symbolic acts. Flags…

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July 4th Weekend is brought to you by these lobbyists and political organizations

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It doesn’t get much more American than the Fourth of July. After all, the holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was then 239 years go our founders took great personal risk to declare their independence, and created this democratic republic out of their blood, sweat, and philosophical determination. The politics of 1776 were void of “registered lobbyists” but the things that we associate with Independence Day today, however — trips to recreational locales, beer &  spirits and even…

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Senate scales back ‘whiskey & wheaties’ bill

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State Sen. Denise Grimsley’s effort to tear down the wall has morphed into moving the door. More than 100 people crowded into a Senate meeting room Wednesday when the Regulated Industries Committee considered a proposal ending a prohibition on grocery stores stocking liquor and spirits alongside beer and wine. Grimsley fought back against an unfriendly amendment offered by state Sen. Jack Latvala that addressed a quirk in the 1930s law requiring grocers to have a separate outside entrance –- actually a…

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