Business briefs: Mall manager to speak at business alliance

February 24, 2014 

Mall leader to speak to business alliance

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will feature Ocatavio Ortiz, manager of the Mall at University Town Center on March 12.

The business alliance is hosting its monthly membership luncheon at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ortiz, the general manager of the 880,000 square foot Mall at University Town Center, will share the latest developments for community relations and the grand opening set for October 16.

Cost for members are $25 and non-members can attend for $35. The event is sponsored by Pro-Motion Notions.

The Country Club is at 7650 Legacy Blvd. in Lakewood Ranch. Register at or call 941-757-1664.

PDQ restaurants to raise money for Tampa woman

SARASOTA -- A portion of all sales from the six Tampa Bay Area PDQ locations on Sunday will go towards raising funds for a woman in need of a liver transplant.

Demetra Jones Bell and her family are desperately working to raise $300,000 prior to her surgery.

Jones, was 23 when her father, Tampa police detective Randy Bell, was shot and killed in the line of duty along with detective Ricky Childers and trooper James Crooks. Some members of the police department have contributed to the effort.

The Jones family has partnered with PDQ to further the fundraising efforts. The Sarasota PDQ, 5164 S. Tamiami Trail, is part of the effort.

Although family members have raised more than $60,000 through family, friends from the Tampa Police Department, and even strangers on the Gofundme page (, fund-raising efforts continue because Jones, 39, will require extensive post-surgical care and costly drugs for life. In addition to donating online, donors may send checks payable to "Demetra Bell Jones Trust" to the Bank of Tampa, P.O. Box One, Tampa, FL 33601.

Men's Wearhouse lifts bid to take over Jos. A. Bank

FREMONT, Calif. -- Men's Wearhouse is stepping up its pursuit of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, boosting the takeover offer for its rival by 10 percent to about $1.78 billion.

The move comes 10 days after Jos. A Bank announced that it was planning to buy the parent company of Eddie Bauer in a deal valued at $825 million. But Jos. A. Bank previously said that it may end the Eddie Bauer deal if it receives the right acquisition offer.

Men's Wearhouse said Monday it's now offering $63.50 per share, up from its prior offer of $57.50 per share. The new offer is conditioned on Jos. A. Bank ending its deal for Eddie Bauer, among other terms.

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