KROGER PLANS GROCERY DELIVERY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Groceries from the Kroger Co. could be available for delivery to Southwest Florida customers by the end of next year. “I’m not going to make any promises but it definitely is on the radar,” says Andrea Colby, Kroger’s e-commerce corporate affairs and communications manager. “I don’t have a specific timeline, but I do expect it will happen within the next year.” The Cincinnati-based company, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, entered the Florida market this summer with the launch of a 375,000-square-foot customer fulfillment center in Groveland, just west of Orlando. Kroger also has “spokes” in Jacksonville and Tampa, where products from refrigerated tractor-trailers from Groveland are loaded into refrigerated vans for final delivery directly to customers within a 90-minutes radius. To serve the Naples-Fort Myers area, another spoke location will be created, Colby said, noting that Fort Myers and Miami areas would be future spoke locations with warehouses designed to serve customers within a 90-minute radius from each location. Without brick-and-mortar stores in Florida, Kroger’s delivery service will function similarly to Amazon’s operation.
JULY MARKET REPORT SHOWS SELLERS & BUYERS ADJUSTING TO A NEW NORMAL
The buying frenzy the Naples housing market experienced during the past year has simmered and is being replaced with what brokers say will be our new normal: a low inventory market with fast turnover of quality homes priced right, according to the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Inventory decreased 77.2% to 1,295 homes in July 2021 compared to 5,672 homes in July 2020, and there were 30 fewer closed sales and a 2% drop in showings, according to the July 2021 Market Report released by NABOR. The median closed price in July increased 28.8% to $469,950 from $365,000 in July 2020. For the full report, click here.
LEE HEALTH SUPPORTS STATE-RUN MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT IN SWFL
Lee Health supports Florida’s plan to bring a monoclonal antibody treatment (MAB) location to Southwest Florida. Monoclonal antibodies are produced in a laboratory and help to support the body’s immune system to fight COVID-19. “We have been offering MAB treatment to COVID-19 patients since December of 2020 and have seen the positive results it can have on our patients. Last week alone, we did more than 270 MAB infusions,” the local health care system said in a statement. As part of Lee Health’s COVID-19 response, the treatment is available at its three MAB clinics at Lee Memorial Hospital, Coconut Point and Cape Coral Hospital for patients who have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID and are at high risk of developing severe symptoms. A physician referral is required for MAB treatment.
MIDNIGHT TAVERN LAUNCHES IN EAST NAPLES
Midnight Tavern recently replaced Olympia Bar Restaurant, which closed July 17 in Davis Village, the retail center on Davis Boulevard just west of Shadowlawn Drive in East Naples. The new bar and grill, locally owned by Jake Leventhal, features live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. “We have a ton of awesome specials and a very handcrafted American sports bar menu,” Leventhal says. “Yes, there are some typical items, but what is atypical is that we are a scratch kitchen and you can taste the quality in the food.” Midnight Tavern, 2800 Davis Blvd., Suites 108-110, is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.
NEW SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY IN PUNTA GORDA ISLES BREAKS GROUND
The Meridian at Punta Gorda Isles broke ground at 2001 Aqui Esta Drive and is slated to open its doors in early 2023. The 127-unit, 116,000-square-foot senior living community spread over three floors is managed by national seniors housing operator Meridian Senior Living and co-developed by Meridian and national developer Madison Marquette. National design and engineering firm CASCO partnered with Tampa general contractor Diaz Fritz Group on the project. The Meridian will feature studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with safety features like grab bars and a nurse call system. The memory care neighborhood offers private or companion suites for residents with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, or other types of dementia. The Meridian joins its sister community Atrium at Liberty Park in Cape Coral as the two Southwest Florida communities managed by Meridian Senior Living.
SOCE FLATS ANNOUNCES HOUSE OF BLONDES AS NEW COMMERCIAL TENANT
SoCe Flats in Naples has added House of Blondes by Christina Payton as its newest commercial tenant. House of Blondes will relocate from its current location on Fifth Avenue South to occupy a ground-floor space in the SoCe Flats building, located at 121 Eighth Street South in the design and décor district. The 2,000-square-foot, 12-chair salon will feature 14-foot ceilings, grand chandeliers, and a centralized “Blonde Bar,” with a customer service receptionist, color mixologist station and complimentary drinks. The new salon is anticipated to open by the end of 2021, with a grand opening event to be announced soon. Payton is a national Redken Artist with more than 15 years of experience in the hair and beauty industry.
PULS JOINS DEANGELIS DIAMOND AS SENIOR PRECONSTRUCTION MANAGER
DeAngelis Diamond welcomes David Puls to the team as senior preconstruction manager. In his new role, Puls is responsible for leading preconstruction and estimating activities, overseeing the development and updating of project budgets throughout each stage of the process. With over 23 years in project management within the construction sector, Puls has experience leading teams to achieve operational goals for complex projects, and his project portfolio totals more than 4.7 million square feet and $1.4 billion. Some of his top projects include a $285 million renovation of the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, a 155,000 square foot University of Illinois residence hall, a 264,000 square foot addition to the Art Institute of Chicago, and a $227 million repositioning project at the Willis Tower. After receiving his degree in architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Puls began his career in Chicago before transitioning to the Naples area in 2018. He is based at the DeAngelis Diamond Naples office.
LINDER JOINS ADSOURCE TEAM
Olivia Linder joins Naples-based AdSource, a full-service advertising and digital marketing agency, as the production and social media assistant. In her position, Linder is responsible for assisting in the flow of agency projects, working with account managers and the creative team. Linder will also be assisting with social media, responsible for creating digital content while implementing social media marketing ideas, strategies and tips for clients. Linder earned a degree in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in interdisciplinary studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. During her collegiate career, Linder was selected to become a teacher’s assistant for two courses, Advanced Public Relations Writing and Promotional Writing for the marketing department.
GARDNER ORTHOPEDICS WELCOMES HODGE TO PRACTICE
Gardner Orthopedics has welcomed Dr. W. Andrew Hodge to its practice. Hodge is orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee and hip surgery and bioengineering research. He holds several U.S. patents on orthopedic implants & surgical techniques and has published more than 60 articles in medical journals. During Hodge’s decade of time spent in Boston’s academic environment, he maintained appointments at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He designed and directed MGH’s BioMotion Research Laboratory for studying human motion and rehabilitation, then co-founded Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute & The Institute for Mobility and Longevity, a nonprofit organization that supports orthopedic research and education now located at Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2021 40 UNDER 40 CELEBRATION AUG. 31
Join Gulfshore Business in honoring our 2021 40 Under 40 award winners with a special celebration that includes our 2020 winners. The annual awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, click here.
Sunshine Ace Hardware raises $3,800 for Children’s Miracle Network
Sunshine Ace Hardware raised $3,800 during its three-day Children’s Miracle Network Blue Bucket Days campaign to help provide life-changing medical care for children across the region. Sunshine Ace customers were able to purchase a limited-edition, blue five-gallon bucket for a $5 donation, and in return, they received a 20% discount on nearly everything they could fit inside the bucket. Customers purchased 760 buckets from Aug. 6-8 across the company’s stores in Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Golden Gate, Largo, Marco Island, Naples, Port Charlotte and San Carlos Park. Donations raised at Sunshine Ace Hardware stores in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties will support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Donations at Sunshine Ace Hardware in Pinellas County and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Manatee County will support Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Children’s Miracle Network is Sunshine Ace Hardware’s primary charity partner.
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