signs deal with Total Nutrition
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Health and fitness store Total Nutrition will move to a Benderson Development-owned shopping center.
Total Nutrition signed a five-year lease with Benderson for a 1,418-square-foot space at 8203 Tourist Center Drive, according to a memorandum of lease filed with the Manatee Clerk of the Court.
Its University Park location was formerly at 6382 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, in a shopping center that includes the Parkway 8 Cinemas.
Total Nutrition sells nutritional supplements, weight-loss products and vitamins.
The shop was taken over by Tonya and Thomas Fracasse, of Punta Gorda, in July, according to the store's Facebook page.
Pandora jewelers to open inside Mall at UTC
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Jewelry store Pandora is the latest store coming to the Mall at University Town Center.
The Danish company filed its building application Tuesday with Sarasota County for an 840-square-foot boutique in the mall's center court.
Pandora was founded in 1982 in Copenhagen and is publicly traded in Europe.
Pandora has its line of jewelry in several area stores and also has company stores inside the Westfield Southgate Mall and Westfield Brandon.
Pandora will join other mall jewelry stores Kay Jewelers, Mayors and Zales. Mall anchors include Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's, Apple, Crate & Barrel and H&M.
The 880,000-square-foot, two-level mall is expected to open Oct. 16 off Cattlemen Road and University Parkway.
Record number of tourists visited Florida
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida had a record number of visitors this spring.
Gov. Rick Scott was expected to announce Tuesday that 24 million tourists visited the state during the second quarter of 2014.
That's a 3 percent jump over the same time period a year ago.
Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing arm, estimates the record number includes 2.8 million visitors from overseas and 1 million Canadians.
Scott has pushed to increase spending on Visit Florida advertising to try to boost the state's tourism industry.
This fiscal year, the state set aside $74 million for the effort.
Last year, nearly 95 million people visited the state.
Scott wants to boost that number to 100 million even though legislators did not increase funding for Visit Florida as much as he wanted.
-- Herald staff and wire reports