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  1. Bebe Bye-bye-bye: Chain will close all stores, three in Tampa Bay


    Bebe Stores, a women's clothing chain, is the latest casualty in a spate of retail store closures. In a Securities Exchange Commission filing dated Tuesday, Bebe said by the end of May it will close all of its locations, including three in Tampa Bay.

    Bebe stores nationwide are closing. The location at WestShore Plaza in Tampa is liquidating its entire inventory. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times] .
  2. Lettuce explain why you're paying a dollar more for leafy greens


    The price of leafy greens and other produce from California is soaring, all the way in Florida.

    Lettuce explain.

    Cook Carlos Moran chops lettuce from California at Red Mesa in St. Petersburg on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The restaurant has noticed prices going up on California produce.
  3. Time is running out to get free Adventure Island pass with Busch Gardens Fun Card


    Busch Gardens has set a deadline of April 30 for its 2017 Fun Card deal that includes a free pass to the Adventure Island water park.

    Guests ride the Busch Gardens roller coaster Cobra's Curse when it opened in June 2016. The spin coaster is the only one of it's kind in the world featuring a 70-foot vertical lift and cars that free-spin during the second half of the three minute and thirty second ride. It has a maximum speed of 40 mph. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  4. 5 things to do under $5 April 20-26: Science talks, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Cotee River Seafest


    1Taste of Science: It's no coincidence that this series of talks in local watering holes is coming on the heels of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. (and a local march at Poynter Park, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday). Scientists are pushing hard for more science literacy …

    Admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg will be free on April 24.
  5. Politics hasn't stopped the growth of Ivanka Inc.


    SHANGHAI — Since her father was elected president of the United States, global sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged and her company has applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. The commercial engine of the first daughter's brand is still humming even as …

    In this photo from July 21, 2016, Ivanka Trump takes the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Since Donald Trump was elected president, sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged, and her company has applied for several new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S.
[Associated Press file photo]
  6. Rue 21 clothing chain to close two Tampa Bay locations, 16 in Florida


    Rue 21, a nationwide teen fashion retailer, announced over the weekend that it will be shuttering hundreds of stores across the United States — including two in the Tampa Bay area.

  7. Retail sales fell in March, second straight monthly drop


    WASHINGTON — Americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in March, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market.

     Americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in March, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market.
[Associated Press file photo]
  8. Retailers continue to struggle with no saving grace in sight


    I've written the phrase "it's been a tough year for retail" more times than I can remember.

    What was the Sears store at the Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg, is now vacant. New tenants Lucky's Market and Dick's Sporing Goods will open in the space. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  9. Meet Florida's legal drug cartels


    While Florida voters have overwhelmingly voted to make medical marijuana legal, it's up to the Legislature to translate how it will work. There's a lot at stake. It may seem like a basic humanitarian issue for patients who want simple and affordable access to medical marijuana. But it's not. Why? For one, …

    CHT Medical opened for business in January after receiving a state license in 2016. This month it agreed to sell most or all of its assets to a company tied to Aphria, a large publicly traded Canadian medical marijuana venture.
  10. Regal theaters in Pinellas Park updating seats


    PINELLAS PARK — Regal Entertainment Group announced that Regal Park Place Stadium 16 & RPX is replacing its existing seats with adjustable recliners including padded footrests. During construction, Regal's recliners are on display in the lobby, where guests can experience the new chairs. Regal Cinemas will remain …