Business briefs: Things Remembered etching its space at the University Pkwy mall

April 23, 2014 



joining mall

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Gift store and engraving specialists Things Remembered is the latest store to etch its name on the list of tenants coming to the Mall at University Town Center.

Things Remembered applied Tuesday for a building permit to construct a 1,200-square-foot store at the mall.

The store is known for its wide array of gifts and for engraving just about anything you bring them, even if it wasn't purchased at a store. The company started in 1966 as an engraving shop called Can Do and is now headquartered in Highland Heights, Ohio. It has more than 600 mall locations in the nation. Things Remembered also has a location at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall.

The 880,000-square-foot, two-level mall is expected to open Oct. 16 on the corner of University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, bringing stores such as Apple, Macy's, Dillard's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Lululemon, Cheesecake Factory and more.

When open, the Taubman Centers-operated mall will only be the third shopping mall to open in the United States since 2006.

Anna Maria business featured for being green

ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- A new PBS-TV documentary showcasing green entrepreneurs features AMI Outfitters, anchor of Anna Maria Island's Historic Green Village retail center

The retail center included in the documentary is considered a campus of green-retrofitted historic buildings.

The PBS program documenting the eco-initiatives at the Anna Maria Historic Green Village premieres at 9 p.m. on WEDU April 24.

The anchor, AMI Outfitters, offers 150 brands of gear and apparel from the outdoor industry's green leaders. The outfitter shop's leading brand, Patagonia, pledges 1 percent of annual sales to the preservation and restoration of the environment.

As part of its mission, AMI Outfitters will donate $10 to Sarasota Bay Watch for each purchase of Patagonia footwear made at their store from April 26 to May 11.

Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline swap drug businesses

PHILADELPHIA -- In a multibillion-dollar deal, drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Novartis AG said Tuesday that they will trade parts of their companies and form a joint venture with a third part.

London-based GSK will sell its existing cancer drugs to Switzerland-based Novartis for $16 billion.

Novartis will sell all but one of its vaccines to GSK for about $7.1 billion.

The companies formed a joint venture to sell over-the-counter medicine, with GSK taking a 63.5 percent stake.

Representatives for both companies said it was too early to know the employment impact of the deal, which will not close until 2015.

Novartis also announced it was selling its animal-health unit to Eli Lilly & Co. for $5.6 billion.

-- Staff, wire reports

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