Business Brief

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Every week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with business analyst John Burr about the latest business trends affecting the First Coast. 

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John Burr

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday introduced new leadership after the firing of head coach Gus Bradley. The team is counting on former Coach Tom Coughlin to give it the shot in the arm that’s been missing since he left more than a decade ago.


San Marco lion fountain
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A long-planned mixed-use development called East San Marco is finally proceeding in the historic Jacksonville neighborhood after building permits were issued last week.


exterior of Murray Hill Theatre
Mike via Flickr

It’s a new year, and I'm predicting big things for Northeast Florida.

Among them: the first sighting of a boom economy in a decade, high consumer confidence, more home construction and gas prices’ staying relatively low.

WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park could soon be developed into a shopping and residential area across from EverBank Field. The city is planning to solicit development proposals starting in January for the park and neighboring Shipyards property.


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Online retail giant Amazon is planning to build two Jacksonville distribution centers — with the latest slated to go near the Cecil Commerce Center on the city’s Westside.

It’s the latest example of industrial development’s booming at the site of the former Navy base.


River Club dining room decorated for a wedding
Gate Hospitality

The University Club on Jacksonville’s Southbank is closing this month after nearly 50 years of offering its members full-service dining with a spectacular skyline view.


John Burr

One of the most successful businesses based in Jacksonville doesn’t do any business in Jacksonville —or even the U.S.

This is the story of APR Energy.

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Lis Ferla via Flickr

With the holiday shopping season already underway, internet hackers and scammers are expected to be busy, too.

Listen to this story on Redux

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John Burr

Jacques Klempf has made a name for himself in the Jacksonville restaurant business. From Bistro Aix to Il Desco, his eateries are destinations where people go to celebrate. This week,  Klempf talked to WJCT about selling his family’s other business, the Dixie Egg Co.


GE

General Electric employs more than 400 full-time workers at its oil- and gas-drilling services plant on Jacksonville’s Westside.

General Electric shook up the financial world last week with its takeover of a Texas-based oil- and gas company called Baker Hughes, creating a combined company with annual revenue of $32 billion and 70,000 employees.

"Let's Bring Super Fast Internet To" sign
Google Fiber

Last week, Google parent company Alphabet made it official: It’s suspending the expansion of its super-high-speed Google Fiber internet into Jacksonville and 10 other cities.

trees down in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Many Northeast Florida residents are making calls to their insurance companies after Hurricane Matthew. WJCT Business Analyst John Burr spoke to one local agent about how big storms affect the industry. He tells News Director Jessica Palombo about it in this week’s Business Brief.


Yellow Cab Boulder's new zTrip car
Yellow Cab Boulder

Jacksonville taxi services are rebranding themselves and stepping up their tech game to compete with app-based Uber and Lyft.

The makeover is part of a backlash against what’s called the “sharing economy.”


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Ebyabe

Jaguars owner Shad Khan recently took control of the historic Barnett Tower in downtown Jacksonville, ending a seven-year effort by developer Steve Adkins to renovate the building.

wawa sandwich
Wawa via Instagram

If you’ve been to a  Northeast Florida gas station convenience store lately, most likely it was large and well-lit, with lots of food and drink choices. Gate, RaceTrac and Daily’s are big players in the local market, and they’re about to get some stiff competition as Northeastern chain Wawa prepares to enter the Jacksonville area.

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