Cypress Creek Town Center buzzing with activity

If you haven’t been in the area west of Interstate 75, off State Road 56, during the past several months, chances are you’re not aware of the increasing activity happening at Cypress Creek Town Center and in nearby areas. Five Below, at 25609 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz, is set to have its grand opening on March 29, according to a banner posted at the store. Five Below sells everything … [Read more...]

Storeright Self Storage to open in Lutz

Construction workers are clearing land and building mini-warehouses for a new Storeright Self Storage facility in Lutz. The project, at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41, comes nearly 18 years after the Hillsborough County Commission approved a plan to allow about 75,000 square feet of offices, restaurants, drugstores and child care centers. Big box retail was banned. However, in October … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]

He offers humor, nostalgia and old-fashioned value

If you’ve ever driven through the parking lot near the McDonald’s at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, you’ve probably seen a sign leading to Fred Wilsky’s shop. “Sharpening Service” the sign proclaims, pointing east onto Carson Drive. If you head east on Carson Drive, you’ll see a series of signs — each getting you closer to the shop where Wilsky has been plying his trade for … [Read more...]

Local student finds freedom, opportunity in U.S.

Wiregrass Ranch High School senior Luis Pereira doesn’t take his freedom for granted. Less than two years ago, his family arrived in Wesley Chapel — after emigrating from Venezuela to seek political asylum in the United States. Since that time, the 19-year-old has managed to be inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars, has won the TEDX Talk competition at Wiregrass and has … [Read more...]

Tampa Premium Outlets goes pink

Pink is in vogue at Tampa Premium Outlets, and for good reasons. On Oct. 29, the outlet mall will cap off a month-long More Than Pink campaign in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But, the day also highlights the Grand Opening Anniversary Celebration of the Tampa Premium Outlets, including opportunities to make donations to Susan G. Komen, a nonprofit that … [Read more...]

Thousands enjoy festivities at Connerton

Rain threatened to spoil the celebration, but the weather cleared just about time that festivities were set to begin at the Nation Celebration Independence Day Party at Connerton. The rain stopped around 5 p.m. — the time the July 2 event was scheduled to start, but then there was a light drizzle until around 5:30 p.m., said Joan Staut, marketing coordinator for Connerton, a master-planned … [Read more...]

New centers coming soon to Land O’ Lakes

What the Great Recession took away, boom times are bringing back. Three properties in Land O’ Lakes, along U.S. 41 and State Road 54, are poised to deliver new restaurants, retail and offices. All three sites languished as the economy tanked. Now, Strategic Properties Group is ready to build the first of three new shopping centers on land that the real estate development firm held onto for … [Read more...]

Connerton Corner to get McDonald’s

McDonald’s restaurant is set to open at Connerton Corner in late summer. It is yet another sign that developers are looking north along U.S. 41 to bring retail to Land O’ Lakes, an area where more rooftops are popping up. A groundbreaking for McDonald’s is expected by mid-April, with an opening date slated for late July or early August. Construction crews currently are preparing the … [Read more...]

No easy fix for local traffic jams

An elevated toll road flying over U.S. 41 could split the community and shut down some longstanding Land O’ Lakes businesses, according to area business owners who spoke at a public hearing about redesigning the intersection at State Road 54 and U.S. 41. They told representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation that a “no build” option is the best choice, at least for now. … [Read more...]