Men's Wearhouse ousts founder, pitchman Zimmer
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:46:36 +0000
NEW YORK — Men's Wearhouse doesn't like the way its founder looks anymore.
The men's clothier said Wednesday that it fired executive chairman and face of the company George Zimmer, 64, who has appeared in many of its TV commercials with the slogan "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."
City and JTA would help C2C Solutions with downtown parking
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:29:29 +0000
A proposed agreement between the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the city would help offset parking costs for C2C Solutions when it moves 200 employees downtown to the EverBank Tower, JTA said Wednesday.
In the first two years of the lease, JTA would charge $24,000 per year and the city would pick up that cost without charging C2C for parking at the lot, located near the convention center, JTA spokesman John Finotti said.
In the following two years, the lease would rise to $48,000 per year, which the city would pay by charging the company for parking.
JaxPort's pick for CEO says Horizon Lines agreement won't be conflict of interest
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:22:22 +0000
The shipping executive selected to be the Jacksonville Port Authority’s next CEO said Tuesday he does not think his separation agreement with Horizon Lines would create any conflicts of interest for him as JaxPort’s top administrator.
Brian Taylor resigned from Horizon Lines last November and is receiving $370,000 a year over a two-year period from the company, which uses the JaxPort-owned Blount Island terminal for shipping cargo to Puerto Rico.
Career Track: Woman Lawyer of the Year chosen
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:47:21 +0000
The Jacksonville Women’s Lawyers Association chose Leslie A. Goller as its Woman Lawyer of the Year.
Goller is a trial attorney at the Terrell Hogan personal injury and wrongful death law firm, where her practice focuses on consumer litigation. She is an environmental advocate, election lawyer and community activist.
Downtown Vision Inc has added Valerie Feinberg as director of strategic partnerships. Feinberg will create a multi-year plan for development and fundraising initiatives.
Home price average above $200,000
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:38:12 +0000
The average sales price for homes in Northeast Florida rose above $200,000 last month for the first time since 2008. The number of sales continued to climb as well, according to Northeast Florida Association of Realtors’ monthly report, with closed sales at their highest since 2006. Homes also are selling faster and for a higher percent of the asking price than they have since 2007.
Key numbers in the report:
Pending sales: 2,321, down from 2,345 in April but up from 1,725 May 2012. Closed sales: 1,951, up from 1,933 in April and 1,606 in May 2012.
FedEx confirms plans for operation at Cecil Commerce Center
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:25:02 +0000
FedEx has made it official: It’s going to build a facility at Cecil Commerce Center to replace the company’s Lane Avenue location.
There has been speculation that FedEx Ground would build at the former Navy base off Normandy Boulevard, and it did confirm last month that it was in talks with Cecil.
But confirmation from the company didn’t come until Monday.
FedEx spokesman Jesse Bull said construction is expected to commence Nov. 1 on the 300,000-square-foot facility, with completion expected in June 2015.
T-U business editor leaving for the Jacksonville Business Journal
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:14:14 +0000
Timothy Gibbons, business editor at the Times-Union, is leaving to become managing editor at the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Gibbons has been with the Times-Union for 11 years. He will start at the business publication in mid-July.
“I look forward to using the skills and experience I’ve developed over more than a decade at the Times-Union at the Business Journal,” Gibbons said. “The Business Journal has ambitious plans, and it will be exciting to be a part of that future.”
U.S. homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:15:53 +0000
For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May.
A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor. The index hasn't been that high since April 2006, just before the housing market collapsed.
Centers of Innovation strive to help Georgia companies be more successful
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:46:10 +0000
ATLANTA - When President Barack Obama announced the creation of a national network of manufacturing-development hubs, Georgia had already been down that road for a decade.
“Now, if we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas,” Obama said during his State of the Union address in January. “… Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. We need to make those investments.”
Governor and mayor cautious about paying for Jacksonville ship dredging
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 03:51:11 +0000
The idea of picking up part of the $733 million cost of deepening Jacksonville’s ship channel to 47 feet is getting a guarded reception from city and state officials.
The Jacksonville Port Authority’s share of the bill would be $388 million, and the federal government would pay the rest. JaxPort officials have said they would turn mainly to the state for assistance in picking up its tab, but also would seek city support.
At this point, there is no plan for how to do that — even conceptually.
Shad Khan interested in Shipyards property
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:25:15 +0000
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is interested in developing the Shipyards property, a 40-acre plot of city-owned land that has been mired in lawsuits, bankruptcy, grand jury investigations and broken promises.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:20:15 +0000
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