Timothy Gibbons

Editor in chief - Jacksonville Business Journal

Timothy is editor in chief of the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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After outraged business owners and Riverside residents spoke out against a proposed bill that would alter the process of applying for a mixed-use development in the Jacksonville neighborhood, the City Council member who introduced it is looking to quell concerns with a substitute bill.

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It's taken almost two years and several name changes to get to this point, but The District developers Peter Rummell and Michael Munz are close to final site plan approval on their proposed mixed-use project on Jacksonville’s Southbank.

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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. 

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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Jacksonville’s newest brewery is gearing up for its debut later this month.

Wicked Barley is finishing up work on its taproom and production facility this week ahead of its grand opening.

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The developer behind a major project on the Southbank has unveiled a master plan for the site.

The Soul Food Bistro

One of Jacksonville’s favorite eateries has big plans for expansion.


Cowford Chophouse

A highly anticipated downtown restaurant won’t be opening as quickly as was hoped.

Work on the Cowford Chophouse has stalled after the owner of the project replaced the general contractor.

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A local ship repair company has gotten a Navy contract, a major win for the company.



A Jacksonville-based barbecue restaurant chain is looking to open up in the Springfield neighborhood.


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One of the busiest weeks in business networking kicks off this week with The Players Championship.


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Plans for a new shopping center in Jacksonville Beach are moving forward after the city signed off on them.


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A major retailer is shutting down one of its handful of locations on the First Coast.

Gateway Town Center

One of Jacksonville’s oldest retail centers is on the market.

Gateway Town Center is up for sale, with an asking price of $12 million.

Cowford Chop House

A familiar face in Jacksonville’s restaurant scene has been named the head chef at the Cowford Chophouse.

Ian Lynch has been the executive chef for the restaurant group that owns the Cowford Chophouse. Starting this summer, though, he’ll be focusing his attention on the new restaurant.

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A Jacksonville-based restaurant company is changing its advertising as it looks to expand internationally.

Firehouse Subs have longed featured the founding Sorensen brothers in their ads. Now, though, those ads are changing as the chain tweaks its brand.

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A long-time Jacksonville company has lost a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

Swisher International is being told to pay 44 million dollars in damages after it lost an anti-trust lawsuit.

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A favorite local restaurant has solidified its plans to expand to the heart of Downtown.

A local company called SweetWater Restoration is busily turning two cargo containers into a restaurant. Come summer, Riverside eatery Black Sheep will open a kiosk in the containers in Hemming Park. 

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The Fresh Market

Jacksonville’s favorite supermarket could be facing some new competition.

Publix could have a fight on its hands after a private equity fund announced it is buying The Fresh Market. That grocery chain has 40 stores in Florida, including four in Jacksonville.

The fund making the acquisition, called Apollo Management Group, plans on making Fresh Market more competitive by lowering prices. That could put it on a collision course with Publix.

Destination Bristol

Jacksonville has a new partner when it comes to attracting tourists.

Bristol, England, is more than 4,000 miles away from Jacksonville, but tourism officials think that the two cities may be able to work together.

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One of Jacksonville’s largest companies is still expecting a bad first quarter, but not as bad as it first thought.

CSX Corporation said this week  its first quarter earnings would decline by the mid- single digits, rather than the high single digits it had previously forecast.

So far this year, its volume growth is down by about 5 percent. Like the rest of the industry, CSX has been battered by a big decline in the amount of coal being shipped.

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Silver Airways

As relations thaw between the U.S. and Cuba, Jacksonville could get a flight to the island country.

Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways has applied for permission to fly from Jacksonville to Cuba, saying it wants to be a bridge between here and there.

If approved, the flights would happen twice a week and fly into Havana. Silver has also applied for flights from Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Key West and is looking to serve 10 cities in Cuba.

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A Jacksonville community bank is no more after the closing of a merger with an Atlanta Bank.

American Enterprise Bank of Florida has been subsumed into Atlanta-based Fidelity Southern Corp., the conclusion of a $27 million deal.

Fidelity Southern has been focusing on expanding in Florida for a while, making other Sunshine State acquisitions in 2014 and 2015.

With the American Enterprise deal, Fidelity Southern picked up about $177 million in deposits.

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A popular Five Points eatery is now planning its second location in Northeast Florida.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare opened in Riverside two years ago. Now, it’s heading to the beach.

The restaurant’s second location is planned for Neptune Beach, with the site already under construction.

It will be the fourth location for the chain, which has an operation in Orlando and another opening soon in St. Petersburg.

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Travelers will soon be able to head to a new exotic location from Jacksonville. Silver Airways said Thursday it’s starting nonstop service to the Bahamas in May.

Three Northeast Florida home construction companies and a national home builder are facing fines from the federal government, which accuses the businesses of safety violations that expose workers to possible falls up to 18 feet. 

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Members of the partnership that founded Jacksonville’s Burrito Gallery restaurants are tied up in a legal battle over rights to the name.


Weekend revelers will soon have a more frequent ride around the Riverside neighborhood.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is about to start weekly service of its Riverside Avondale Night Trolley

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Safe Harbor Seafood

The ownership group behind some of Northeast Florida’s favorite seafood restaurants is opening a new place.