Specialty grocers sprouting up in Pasco

A national trend for smaller, specialty grocery stores is taking hold in Pasco County. Within the next year, Earth Fare, Sprouts Farmers Market, and possibly Lucky’s Market will open grocery stores that specialize in natural, organic and fresh foods. Aldi is planning to open its no-frills, discount grocery stores in Zephyrhills and New Port Richey in 2019. Also, a new store is coming to the … [Read more...]

Seeking to stop illegal dumping

The collection bins that people fill with donations of shoes and clothes are a familiar sight around the community. For the most part, they help local charities that operate thrift stores or have giveaway programs to benefit low-income individuals and families. In most cases, they’re clean, well marked and routinely emptied. But, not always. And now, the Pasco County Commission and … [Read more...]

Former Lutz Guv’na is now Saucy Queen

It all began with a carrot. Well, a basket of carrots, actually. Carrots were the vegetable of the week at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz, and everyone was encouraged to come up with an idea to make vegetables more enticing for kids. Michele Northrup, who works at the charter school, decided to combine the sweetness of carrots with the heat of peppers to concoct a gourmet hot … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel company expects to expand to new markets

KeriCure Inc., a Wesley Chapel company, has secured a patent that is expected to open new doors for partnerships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies. “Our foundation of the company was actually built around this nanoparticle drug delivery technology that I helped to create at the University of South Florida,” said Kerriann Greenhalgh, who operates the company from her Wesley Chapel … [Read more...]

Another winning lottery ticket sold locally

Just days after a Lutz woman claimed a $1 million prize from a grocery store in Lutz, a Publix Super Market near Sunlake High School is boasting an even bigger lottery prize. A Riverview man purchased a Flamingo Fortune scratch-off game ticket from the Publix, located at 18901 State Road 54 in Lutz, and won $3 million. John Opliger, 35, chose to receive a one-time lump-sum payment of $2.3 … [Read more...]

Lutz woman wins $1 million prize in Lottery scratch-off

Yu Lin of Lutz said she got an early birthday present after she claimed a $1 million prize from The Florida Lottery thanks to a lucky scratch-off ticket she bought from a local grocery store. Lin, 36, chose to receive a one-time, lump sum payment of $721,400 in exchange for the 100X The Cash Scratch-Off ticket she bought at Winn-Dixie, 18407 U.S. 41, in Lutz. The store will receive a $2,000 … [Read more...]

Dairy Queen, Tuffy land sold in Wesley Chapel

The land under a Dairy Queen and a Tuffy Service Center in Wesley Chapel has a new owner from Kentucky. An acre of land at 27329 Wesley Chapel Blvd., sold last week for $2.35 million to Monticello Properties LLC. That company is connected to Kentucky real estate developer and bank chairman Jack Sheidler. Its previous owner, J & J Wesley Chapel LLC, had originally bought the land in 2006 for … [Read more...]

Sweetbay set to change its name … again

Life has not been good for a supermarket chain with roots in Tampa, as it prepares for its third name in the past 10 years. Sweetbay Supermarket will soon become Winn-Dixie, a brand that has also struggled in the region under the dominance of both Publix Super Markets, and later Walmart. The name change will mark the end of the Sweetbay brand, which was  introduced in 2004 as a way to refresh … [Read more...]