Business briefs: Everything But Water coming to Mall at UTC

April 15, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- What would a Florida mall be without a swimsuit store?

Orlando-based Everything But Water will be coming to the new Mall at University Town Center, after it applied for building permits Friday, further continuing a list of upscale retailers committing to the mall.

The chain carries designer swimsuits by Michael Kors, Trina Turk and L*Space and has nearly 100 stores in 26 states including International Plaza in Tampa, a Taubman Centers property. The University Park store would be Everything But Water's 10th Florida location.

The two-level, 880,000-square-foot Mall at UTC is expected to open Oct. 16 with more than 100 stores and restaurants. Everything But Water joins other upscale retailers such as Omega, Lululemon, Pottery Barn and Sephora.

Tractor Supply launches 4-H fundraiser

BRADENTON -- Tractor Supply Co., in partnership with National 4-H Council, is launching its spring 2014 Paper Clover Campaign.

Tractor Supply Co., the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised more than $3.2 million for 4-H programs across the country through the Paper Clover Campaigns over the last four years.

Customers can purchase paper clovers April 23 - May 4 for $1 or more during checkout. All funds raised will be used to support 4-H youth development programs in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located.

Over the past four years, across 48 states, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $2 million to 4-H clubs across the country. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events.

Foreclosures drop by 10 percent in Manatee

MANATEE -- Manatee County's residential real estate market is seeing fewer foreclosures, even as Florida remains a national foreclosure leader.

According to statistics from online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac, Manatee County saw foreclosures drop by just over 10 percent in March as compared to the previous month, with 249 foreclosure listings hitting the books. The numbers show an even steeper drop when compared to the same time last year, when foreclosures hit 550 in the county.

A quarterly comparison shows similar numbers. In the first quarter, Manatee County saw 1,015 properties hit the foreclosure rolls, compared to 1,555 for the same period last year, nearly a 35-percent drop.

Sarasota County had more modest gains in the

quarterly comparison. Foreclosures were down about 13 percent in the quarterly comparison.

The rest of Florida is still seeing high foreclosure rates, according to RealtyTrac. Eight Florida cities posted foreclosure rates in the top 10 highest nationwide, with Port St. Lucie at the top with one in every 99 housing units in foreclosure.

The statewide average is one out of every 129 housing units.

Herald staff reports

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