Gulfshore Business Daily: January 21

Lead Photo: Katie Settle has joined the staff of The Bike Bistro. Details below.

 

Video courtesy WINK News

PUBLIX PHARMACY LOCATIONS IN LEE, CHARLOTTE TO OFFER COVID-19 VACCINE

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that all Publix Pharmacy locations in Lee County and seven locations in Charlotte County will offer the COVID-19 vaccination by appointment only beginning today, Thursday, WINK News reports. By 7:03 a.m. Wednesday, all Charlotte, Collier and Lee County Publix appointments for Jan. 21 and 22 were filled. Publix store locations without pharmacies are not included. DeSantis made the announcement at the Publix at Midpoint Center on Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral. The vaccines are only available for adults 65 years and older and are administered by appointment only. Appointments can be made online. Appointments are not accepted by phone or in person.

 

GENESISCARE TO RENOVATE CORPORATE OFFICE, TREATMENT CENTERS IN SWFL

GenesisCare, one of the largest oncology treatment providers in the U.S., is expanding in Florida. Following its recent acquisition of cancer care provider 21st Century Oncology, GenesisCare increased its treatment center footprint to more than 192 centers in Florida, with 52 cancer centers in Southwest Florida alone. Upon this acquisition, GenesisCare will introduce four new non-invasive cancer treatment machines as well as Varian Edge. This advanced software is the first of its kind to be implemented at its facility in Cape Coral. Studio+ and GenesisCare plan to replace at least 12 linear accelerators across Florida, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma. Studio+ is studying the consolidation of operations from three existing buildings into one 48,000-square-foot corporate service center on Colonial Boulevard. in Fort Myers. GenesisCare plans to pursue rebranding throughout Florida and across the country with upgrades to facilities, technology, new physician appointments, and more.

 

COLLIER COUNTY NAMED MOST GENEROUS IN FLORIDA

Collier County ranked No. 1 in SmartAsset’s list of “Most Generous Counties in the U.S.” for Florida. The financial technology company analyzed IRS data to discover the places where people donate the most money. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the proportion of people in a given county who make charitable donations. Collier County was reported with 3.23% in contributions as a percentage of net income and 13.4% percent of returns itemizing charitable contributions. For more information on the study, including the methodology and infographic, click here.

 

NAPLES HOME INVENTORY DROPS IN DECEMBER

Overall inventory dropped by 49% in December 2020 compared with December 2019, according to Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County, excluding Marco Island. Overall pending sales increased by 87% in December 2020 compared with December 2019, and the median closed price increased by $18% to $405,000. NABOR will release the full area December 2020 Market Report at noon on Friday, Jan. 22, at NaplesArea.com.

 

NEW CUBAN RESTAURANT OPENS IN SOUTH FORT MYERS

Cubans Be Like Restaurant & Cafe celebrated its grand opening Friday in a corner unit near anchor Bealls at Cypress Trace retail center in south Fort Myers. Open for lunch and dinner to start, Cubans Be Like restaurant owners Yolanda “Yoly” Fornaris and Angel Figueredo plan to soon open earlier for breakfast. Entrees include Cuban classics such as ropa vieja, charbroiled churrasco steak, palomillo steak and masitas fried pork chunks with mojo. Cubans Be Like, 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 21, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and closed Tuesdays. For more information call 239-789-1869 or go to facebook.com/CubansBeLikeRestaurantCafe.

 

MY ITEC PLACE AT ALICO ITEC PARK OPENS FOR SALES

My ITEC Place at Alico ITEC Park — Innovation, Technology, Enterprise, Commerce — is officially open for sales. With one unit sold in the presale phase, 21 units within the luxury auto and storage facility remain. They will be part of a 1.2-million-square-foot industrial space in the northeast quadrant of the Alico Road/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway Corridor. Slated for completion in April, the 22,000-square-foot My ITEC Place has options that range from 502 square feet to 1,339 square feet. Priced from $120,000 to $271,000, these units feature a host of amenities. The sales commencement comes just days after a formal opening ceremony to commemorate the widening of adjacent Alico Road from four lanes to eight lanes. Meanwhile, Alico ITEC Park currently has 19 retail and commercial lots available. They range from .5 acres to .95 acres and are priced between $184,000 and $454,000. There are also seven light and heavy industrial tracts for sale, ranging from 2.15 acres to 25.66 acres. They start at $842,000 and go up to $5.88 million. For more information, visit AlicoITEC.com.

 

NEW YOGA STUDIO COMING TO FORT MYERS

Vibe Yoga: Yoga for EveryBODY is opening in Fort Myers, beginning construction on its space this week in its studio located at 8971 Daniels Center Dr., Suite 302, which is planned to open March 15. Vibe Yoga will offer Hatha Yoga with various teaching styles and classes including restorative, gentle, chair, all levels, power, kids, teens, advanced, sports, trauma-informed, and personal one-on-one sessions. In addition to yoga movement classes (asanas), Vibe Yoga will also offer iRest Yoga Nidra, yoga book club, workshops, and off-site stand-up paddleboarding yoga at Fort Myers Beach. Vibe Yoga’s website is currently under construction at vibeyogaswfl.com.

 

ASPEN DENTAL BUILDING BONITA SPRINGS OFFICE ON U.S. 41 

Aspen Dental is building an office in Bonita Springs on a 1.5-acre vacant commercial lot on U.S. 41 between Walgreens and Wendy’s just south of the Bonita Beach Road intersection. The new 3,750-square-foot dental office, 28120 S. Tamiami Trail, is targeted to open in mid-March, said Benjy Cooke of Oswald, Cooke & Associates. New York-based Aspen Dental has seven other locations in Lee and Collier counties. 

 

TRUIST CLOSES SOME BRANCH OFFICES AFTER MERGER OF BB&T AND SUNTRUST BANKS

A year after the merger of BB&T and SunTrust banks formed Truist Financial Corp., some of the branch offices recently have permanently closed. Although the merged banks have yet to be rebranded, Truist had plans in December and January to shutter more than 100 branches in the southeastern United States to save costs. Many of the closed branches shared redundant coverage areas. In North Naples, for instance, a couple of branches recently closed and merged with bank offices nearby. B&BT’s branch at 15285 Collier Blvd. on the corner of Immokalee Road in the Shoppes of Pebblebrooke closed and merged with the SunTrust office at 15225 Collier Blvd. in the neighboring Pebblebrooke Center. 

 

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA READING FESTIVAL WILL BE VIRTUAL THIS YEAR

The 2021 Southwest Florida Reading Festival will be a virtual event. Nearly 30 acclaimed and bestselling authors are scheduled to give virtual presentations and participate in live, interactive meet-and-greets on the event website March 1-13. All of the virtual author presentations will be recorded for on-demand viewing throughout the month of March. The event website will be available the week of Feb. 22 to familiarize attendees with the new, online Event Hub platform. The list of authors and more information can be found at ReadFest.org.

 

RETAIL OPERATIONS VETERAN JOINS THE BIKE BISTRO

Katie Settle has joined The Bike Bistro, a specialty bike shop and coffee bar on Summerlin Road near the Sanibel Causeway. Settle previously worked in merchandising operations for Ralph Lauren, overseeing operation systems that kept track of inventory for stores nationwide. Raised in Ireland and accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy, Settle left the corporate retail world and most recently worked for a condo-maintenance company on Sanibel before joining The Bike Bistro. The Bike Bistro is a destination for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy relaxing with a cup of coffee and healthy snacks before or after they ride. The shop has been renting and selling custom-fitted bikes, gear and apparel since 2012. For more information, visit thebikebistro.com.


CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Healthcare Network to provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Golden Gate on January 23 

Healthcare Network, a nonprofit organization committed to the health and well-being of everyone in the community, will provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Healthcare Network’s Nichols Community Health Center, 12655 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, for up to 200 people of all ages regardless of symptoms. A physician or provider referral is not required, and those receiving tests do not need to be patients of the Healthcare Network. Everyone must wear masks. To ensure proper follow-up, a photo ID is required. Results are expected in three-to-five business days. For information, call the Healthcare Network COVID-19 Resource Line at 239-675-7080, email HCNCOVID@healthcareSWFL.org or visit HealthcareSWFL.org.

 

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