April 17, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/2/2013

› Walmart matching BOGO deals from Publix, other grocery stores
Walmart, in its battle for more grocery business in Florida, is going after one of Publix's top selling points: BOGOs. The world's largest retailer is now matching buy-one-get-one-free sales from Publix and other grocery chains at its Walmart stores in Florida.

› Shoppers less in the mood to party this Halloween
New chain stores and pop-up retailers have moved into Southwest Florida well before the start of October, as the push for holiday sales around Halloween begins even earlier this year. But early shopping prognostications do not bode well for the "spooktacular" season.

› Gainesville Chamber explores ways to boost city restaurants
Innovation Gainesville is not just about software and biomedical companies. The blueprint for Alachua County’s economic development efforts includes restaurants as contributing to the qualify of life.

› Buyer of Sweetbay grocery chain plans public stock offering
Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores and the buyer of Tampa's Sweetbay supermarket chain, plans to go public with an initial public offering of stock under the name Southeastern Grocers LLC.

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