Ballantrae Village is adding more shops

Taco Bell is the newest tenant at the Shoppes of Ballantrae Village. The Mexican fast-food restaurant joins DQ Grill & Chill and Circle K in a retail shopping plaza that is almost fully constructed, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. Within 30 days, Dunkin’ Donuts is expected to open in a spot between Taco Bell and DQ Grill & Chill. In March, more shops, a spa, a dental … [Read more...]

DQ Grill & Chill comes to Ballantrae Village Shoppes

DQ Grill & Chill is nearly ready for its debut at Ballantrae Village Shoppes. By mid-March, franchise owner Carlos Saenz plans to host a grand opening. Meanwhile, Saenz has had to watch hopeful customers slowly steer their vehicles into the drive-through lane on a daily basis. It’s disappointing not to at least have a Blizzard or an ice cream cone to hand out, said Saenz. But, he … [Read more...]

Pasco’s global markets expand

When people talk about the global economy, they’re not just talking about deals that take place overseas. Florida already plays a sizable role in international trade, and Pasco County companies are showing an increasing interest in attracting global customers. About 100 people turned out to learn more at “Growing Global,” a half-day international exporting conference hosted by the Pasco … [Read more...]

Retail is coming to Ballantrae Village

New retail is headed to State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, as Dunphy Properties prepares to start construction on the first shops at Ballantrae Village. A groundbreaking is expected in January for a Circle K, a Dairy Queen, a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Taco Bell on outparcels on the northeast corner of State Road 54 and Ballantrae Boulevard, according to a news release from Dunphy Properties. An … [Read more...]

Businesses fight ‘cotton-pickin government’

When he was running for office, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore heard a recurring theme: Do something about the blight. The county, like many other Tampa Bay communities, suffered from the recession, and voters told Moore they wanted something done about neglected buildings. But a proposed ordinance that would set minimum standards for maintaining commercial buildings is stirring … [Read more...]

Circle K buys the Land O’ Lakes Plaza

  Circle K is the new owner of the Land O’ Lakes Plaza, a nearly 50-year-old shopping center along the busy commercial corridor of U.S. 41, at Hale Road. The plaza, built in 1966, is considered to be Land O’ Lakes’ first shopping center. Today, the approximately 2.4-acre plaza is occupied mostly by mom-and-pop enterprises including a barbershop, a liquor store, a café, a nail salon and … [Read more...]

Lutz 7-Eleven sells to Brandon investor

Drivers on State Road 54 going by 7-Eleven on Livingston Road may have noticed the 7-Eleven signs are gone. The corporate parent of the convenience store chain, 7-Eleven Inc. — through its Southland Corp. affiliate — sold the 27-year-old store late last month to Sailfish Real Estate LLC of Brandon. The owner of that company, William McKnight, owns several convenience stores around the region, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving traveling like it’s 2009

It's just five years ago, but 2009 is not too hard to remember. The Black Eyed Peas had a hit in "Boom Boom Pow." At movie theaters, "Avatar" was breaking every record imaginable. And at the gas pump, drivers were paying less than $2.70 at the pump. Hit songs and blockbuster movies from five years ago will likely stay there, but cheap gas? It's back, as the national average for a galling of … [Read more...]

Low gas prices might push Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and dropping gas prices at the pump could convince many families to take to the road. Gas in Florida dropped another nickel over the past week, bringing the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded to $2.91, while the national average falls to $2.93. It's the 42nd consecutive day gas prices have dropped nationally, and the 37th in Florida. "Cheap … [Read more...]

No bottom yet in sight for falling gas prices

Cheaper gas is probably something everyone can get used to. But how long will gas hover around the $2.75 mark or lower? Only time will tell. The national average for regular unleaded gasoline fell to its lowest point since December 2010, dropping below $3 per gallon. Right now, more than 60 percent of American gas stations are selling gas below that mark, according to AAA, and 23 states have … [Read more...]