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Law forcing roll-your-own cigarette shops to close
Sun Sentinel, Published July 9, 2012, D1

An amendment buried in the federal transportation bill signed by President Barack Obama is causing roll-your-own cigarette shops to struggle and consider closing across the country, including South Florida.

Upscale cinema could become part of Southgate reboot
Sarasota Herald-Tribune,Published May 24, 2013, A1

As part of its plan to redevelop and expand Southgate mall, Australian mall developer Westfield Group is considering entertainment options that include an upscale, dine-in movie theater.

University Town Center likely to get Cheesecake Factory
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Published May 13, 2013, A1

In a sign of the caliber of tenants that the developers of the Mall at University Town Center are working to lure, The Cheesecake Factory has tentatively committed to be one of several restaurants at the upscale shopping center when it opens in October 2014.

New look, new stores and new name for mall
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Published May 21, 2013, A1

LAS VEGAS – Australia-based shopping center owner Westfield Group unveiled plans Monday to add an outdoor lifestyle element to Southgate Mall, mixing current high-end retail with restaurants, nightlife and other entertainment.

It’s official: Nordstrom Rack to open near planned mall
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Published March 21, 2013, A1.

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. confirmed plans Thursday that were previously reported by the Herald-Tribune to open a Nordstrom Rack at the Shoppes at University Center.

Concession Golf Club vies for top LPGA tournament
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Published March 7, 2013, A1

In a move that could further bolster Southwest Florida’s growing prominence as a venue for sports tourism, The Concession Golf Club is vying to host one of the world’s major women’s golf tournaments in 2017, tourism officials say.