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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.

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It hasn’t been a good year in the international shipping trade.

South Korea’s Hanjin, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, filed for bankruptcy this month, and other international shipping companies are having problems as well.

Among the issues, companies were too aggressive and built too many bigger ships too fast. And with the global economy sluggish and places like China slowing down their imports, the industry is reported to lose about $6 billion this year.

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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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A long-vacant building on King Street across the street from The Garage is showing some new signs of life.

Bearded Buffalo Brewing Company, the newest creation from Scott McAlister, is looking to open in the first quarter of 2017. 

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In the last WJCT “Business Brief,” we heard from the Northeast Florida Regional Council’s Brian Teeple about explosive commercial growth, particularly in St. Johns County.

This week, Teeple says that kind of growth requires a shift in the way we build places to live, work and shop.


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The First Coast has a growing economy and needs to expand its transportation infrastructure to keep up. That’s one of the issues to be discussed Sept. 13 during a panel discussion at the River Club sponsored by CREW Jacksonville and WTS of northeast Florida.

On First Coast Connect Wednesday, JaxAlliance Executive Director Alan Mosley said transportation is the platform for good economic activity.

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A giant shopping, office and residential development is coming to northern St. Johns County along I-95.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT business analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo, that’s one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.


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The big story in the tech world last week was the decision by Google to postpone the expansion of its high-speed fiber internet network in cities across the country, which includes Jacksonville.


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A Jacksonville native is now in charge of entrepreneurship for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

His name is Doug Rand, and he came back to his hometown last week to talk about business at Jacksonville University.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how Rand views the River City’s business climate from Washington.

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Jacksonville-based EverBank, the largest bank based in Florida, is being sold to a company called TIAA.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo the positives of the sale for Jacksonville should outweigh the negatives.

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Getting more people qualified for the workforce is the goal of a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce program called Earn Up. Its efforts recently earned the Chamber a competitive national grant of $40,000 to expand its reach.

Popular Popsicle Shop To Open In San Marco

Aug 5, 2016
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Fans of made-from-scratch popsicles in flavors like strawberry basil and champagne mango will soon be able to get their fix in San Marco.

Part of Jacksonville's technology ecosystem has been shut down, with 40 workers being laid off.


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Jacksonville-based EverBank Financial Corp. might soon have a new owner.

The local bank said it is in advanced negotiations during an exclusive period that ends Aug. 8. It would not identify the financial institution it is talking with, but an analyst with Raymond James & Associates told the Business Journal that TD Bank is the most likely suitor. 


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Amazon announced Wednesday morning Jacksonville will be the home of its new 800,000-square-foot distribution center.

The facility will be built on Jacksonville’s Northside, near the airport.

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