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CHICO’S FAS INC. REPORTS BEST SECOND-QUARTER RESULTS SINCE 2013
Chico’s FAS, a national fashion retailer based in Fort Myers, returned to profitability with the best second-quarter performance since 2013, the company reports. The company’s total second-quarter sales increased 54% year-over-year. Chico’s posted a $0.21 net income per diluted share for the second quarter of 2021, compared to a $0.40 net loss per diluted share for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 1, 2020, last year’s second quarter. Cash and marketable securities of $137.2 million marked a $34.8 million increase over the first quarter this year. Sales at Chico’s retail clothing brands Soma and White House Black Market were strong, with year-over-year second-quarter growth of 53% and 48%, respectively, over last year.
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CONSTRUCTION RESTARTS AT SUNSEEKER RESORT CHARLOTTE HARBOR
Construction on Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor, owned by Allegiant Air, is underway again after being at a standstill for nearly 18 months. Cranes swung back into action at the construction site, 4949 Tamiami Trail, as crews began pouring concrete columns last week. Upcoming renovations at the nearby Kingsway Country Club also are in the works after being delayed for months. Allegiant anticipates the resort and golf course will open in the next 18 to 24 months, WINK News reports.
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SWFL REAL ESTATE MARKET HIT BY THIEVES TRYING TO SELL LAND
A growing problem in Southwest Florida’s hot real estate market is thieves stepping up to steal and sell land that doesn’t belong to them. In August, a French woman’s land in Southwest Florida was sold right out from under her. It almost happened again recently for a Gulf access lot in Cape Coral but the title company noticed red flags and caught it in time. Cape Coral police arrested a man from Texas this summer who they say was part of a similar scheme to impersonate people and sell vacant lots. County clerk’s offices offer a free property fraud alert service where landowners can fill out a form to be notified when a mortgage, deed or other land document is recorded in your name, WINK News reports.
HAPPY SCOOP ICE CREAM JOINING BELL TOWER LINEUP
The second area location for Happy Scoop Ice Cream is coming this month to Bell Tower, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination in south Fort Myers. The new 826-square-foot shop will be located next to Cheshire Cat Toy Shop and across from Burntwood Tavern. It’s the ninth new tenant added to Bell Tower’s lineup this year. Happy Scoop’s first location in Fort Myers is in College Plaza and its third is coming soon to Edison Mall. The local retail concept with 35 flavors of premium ice cream was founded this year by Cape Coral resident Michael Mueckenhausen, who also operates three Eat Smart restaurants in Lee and Collier counties.
STEVENS CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL BUILDING
Stevens Construction has completed construction of a new operations building for Truly Nolen Pest Control at 2715 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers, announced Dan Adams, vice president/principal, Stevens Construction Inc. Stevens Construction built a two-story, 9,722-square-foot facility, which now houses Truly Nolen’s Fort Myers residential and commercial sales, service and administration departments, as well as provides warehouse storage. The company demolished the former building to allow for expanded parking. Previously, Truly Nolen’s Fort Myers commercial team was located a few miles east of the residential team. The Stevens Construction team included project manager Michael Brooks, superintendent Dan Oak and project administrator Rebeccah Cabana. The company worked in preconstruction for six months prior to construction starting, and Studio A.D. Architect designed the project.
COLUMBIA CARE INC. FLORIDA LOCATIONS NOW CALLED CANNABIST
Columbia Care Inc., a manufacturer and provider of cannabis products in the U.S., with two locations in Southwest Florida, has received approval from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use to operate as Cannabist. Effective immediately, Columbia Care’s 14 dispensary locations in Florida will be renamed to Cannabist. Southwest Florida locations include Cape Coral and Bonita Springs. Patients will continue to have access to the same cannabis products at their preferred dispensaries and begin seeing retail improvements that reflect the new Cannabist brand and shopping experience, the company states. Columbia Care has more than 100,000 square feet of cultivation and manufacturing capacity in Florida.
CONRIC PR + MARKETING ADDS DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR
CONRIC pr + marketing has named web development and digital marketing specialist Codie Whitaker as its newest digital marketing coordinator. Whitaker joined the agency earlier in the year to provide part-time website management services for clients. Now a full-time digital marketing coordinator with CONRIC, Whitaker will continue to provide website management and maintenance and provide account management, digital marketing strategy and social media management. In addition, he will provide creative writing, design and video production. Before joining CONRIC, Whitaker freelanced as a web designer, developer and tutor. He studied web design and development at Full Sail University, earning his certification with honors while tutoring and mentoring peers.
UNCOMMON EVENING GALA TO FEATURE MORGAN AS SPEAKER
The Uncommon Friends Foundation has announced John Morgan from the law firm Morgan & Morgan as the distinguished featured speaker of its next annual Uncommon Evening Gala. This year’s event, “Be Uncommon!” will be on Nov. 10 at historic Burrough’s Home & Gardens. The Uncommon Evening Gala is the foundation’s signature event, celebrating the organization’s core values, as well as awarding scholarships and the Business Ethics Award. This year’s ethics award nominees are CONRIC PR + Marketing, Scotlynn USA and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. The gala also raises funds for its mission to support character education, business ethics, scholarships and historical preservation.
NOVEMBER SPECIAL SECTION: COMPANIES THAT CARE
The November issue of Gulfshore Business magazine will include our annual “Companies That Care” special advertising section. Charitable organizations are invited to participate to highlight the critical work they do and the positive impact that it has on our communities. Companies are invited to participate to highlight the charitable organizations they support and why they give. Don’t miss this special opportunity to promote your company’s philanthropic efforts to the 40,000-plus monthly readers of Gulfshore Business magazine. For advertising inquiries, please contact Associate Publisher Chris Renstrom at 239-498-8517 or email@example.com.
Cru Wine Club partners with Sizzle Dining to benefit Blessings in a Backpack
The new CRU Wine Club tasting room in Bonita Springs is partnering with Sizzle Dining to give away 21 wine tastings for groups of six daily from Sept. 9-29. The 21-day event features dining specials at more than 30 restaurants in Southwest Florida. A portion of the proceeds from each meal sold will go to help Blessings in a Backpack SWFL, a 501(c)(3) charity that mobilizes individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for local elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry. To enter, diners can choose from a prix-fixe lunch or dinner menu at participating restaurants in Lee and Collier counties, then take a photo of their meal and post it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CruSizzles. One winner will be chosen each day for 21 days to receive a tasting for six people at CRU Wine Club in the new Causeway Commerce Park, 28280 Old 41 Road.
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SWFL business owner donates $1,000 to Hurricane Ida relief
Southwest Florida is raising money for those in Louisiana experiencing the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Half of all sales at the rooftop bar at the Luminary Hotel in downtown Fort Myers will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Ida fund. While at the new hotel, local business owner Rick Cannon donated $1,000 for Ida relief, WINK News reports.
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