Business Brief

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton talked with WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about the top 3 business stories he’ll be watching in 2019. 

Business Brief: 3 Grocery Stores Coming Soon To Northeast Florida

Oct 26, 2018
GreenWise Market exterior
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville area is soon getting another Whole Foods store out at the beaches. That’s as the company last week rolled out curb-side grocery pickup at its Mandarin location, in addition to the delivery service it recently started offering.

And Whole Foods isn’t the only grocery chain expanding in Jacksonville.

Business Brief: Village Of Tiny Houses Planned In Jacksonville's LaVilla

Oct 19, 2018
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Clara White Mission plans to build a village of tiny houses in LaVilla Downtown for homeless veterans and transform the historic Genovar’s Hall into a community center.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Krystal intends to demolish its restaurant and drive-thru at 5707 University Boulevard. W. and build a replacement that spokeswoman Laura Mansfield said will be among the first of its kind in the state.

Business Brief: Jacksonville Looks To Stem Internet Cafe Boom

Oct 4, 2018
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Of the hundreds of internet cafes that have opened in strip malls across Jacksonville, only 90 have obtained a certificate of use, according to the city of Jacksonville.

Business Brief: Entertainment Boom A Sign Of A Healthy Jacksonville Economy

Sep 14, 2018
Cathey standing in front of "Smash" sign.
Karen Mathis / Jacksonville Daily Record

Northeast Florida is seeing a boom in new entertainment venues.

As Jacksonville Daily Record editor Karen Mathis tells WJCT’s Jessica Palombo, that’s a sign of a healthy economy.

Business Brief: 'Riverwalk Place' Would Bring Housing, Hotel, Restaurants To Bay Street

Aug 17, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

More housing, hotel rooms and restaurants could be coming to East Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

We’ve heard time and time again that Jacksonville’s downtown is really about to take off.

But as Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis says, this time, it’s not a drill.

Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

A handful of companies are seeking public incentives to relocate to Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about a couple of the biggest asks currently before the city and state.

That’s this week’s Business Brief.


Business Brief: Restaurant Openings; Winn-Dixie Tries To Reinvent Itself

Jun 22, 2018
Exterior of Sanford, Florida, Keke's Breakfast Cafe
Keke's Breakfast Cafe via Facebook

Many new restaurants are coming to the First Coast.

That’s as a troubled local grocery chain is trying to reinvent itself.

Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis joined WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo to talk about these food trends in this week’s Business Brief.

Northeast Florida Regional Airport via Facebook

Jacksonville travelers have seven new flights to choose from, after low-cost Frontier Airlines announced it’s adding direct flights to places like San Antonio and Las Vegas.

JEA power plant
JEA

JEA recently announced it will close a coal-fired power plant on Jacksonville’s Northside, which came online in the late 1980s. With the complex’s closure, about 200 people will lose their jobs.

The plant’s closure after nearly 30 years of service is not surprising in today’s energy climate. If you’ve been paying attention to the electric power generation business, coal fired power plants are closing all across the country.


John Burr

As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation.  Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church. 


John Burr

"Localnomics” is the idea that cities’ and businesses’ working together is the best way to solve long-simmering economic problems. The concept was discussed last week at a meeting of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.


CSX train
Nate Beal / Wikimedia Commons

This week, the board of the Jacksonville-based CSX railroad will consider a company takeover.

CSX is the largest publicly owned company in town and North America’s third-largest railroad, valued at $43 billion. About 3,500 employees work for the company in Northeast Florida.


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