UNVIERSITY PARK -- The Cheesecake Factory has opened a hiring center in the Shoppes at University Town Center in preparation for its new restaurant.
The Cheesecake Factory is looking to hire about 250 employees for its Mall at University Town Center restaurant, general manager Tim Madrid said.
A hiring center has been established beside Tandoor Indian Cuisine in the shopping center off of Cooper Creek Boulevard. Applicants should apply at cakecareers.com. A Cheesecake Factory representative will contact applicants to schedule an interview at the hiring center.
The restaurant is hiring servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, prep cooks, dessert/espresso makers, bussers, cashiers and dishwashers.
The restaurant is scheduled to open Oct. 16 inside the new mall off of Cattlemen Road and University Parkway.
Delta to add spring route between SRQ and JFK
MANATEE -- Delta Airlines will launch temporary Saturday service between Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
The once-a-week round trip will run from Feb. 14 through April 4.
Delta already serves SRQ with year-round daily service to Atlanta and LaGuardia airport in New York. It also provides seasonal service to Detroit.
The new flight will depart JFK for Sarasota-Bradenton at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at 11:50 a.m. It will depart for New York at 12:30 p.m. and arrive at 3:20 p.m.
Delta will use a 76-seat CRJ-900 aircraft for the flights.
Great American Cookies coming to Mall at UTC
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Mall at University Town Center shoppers looking for a quick snack will find it at the Great American Cookies.
The Atlanta-based chain filed a building application Wednesday, becoming one of the latest additions to the new mall, which is a little more than 30 days away from opening.
The cookie company started in 1977 using a family chocolate chip cookie recipe, eventually expanding to all-things cookies. The bakery typically hands out free cookies every year on tax filing deadline day, April 15.
The parent company of Great American Cookies, Global Franchise Group, also owns Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker.
The company also has a shop inside the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall and International Plaza in Tampa.
Tervis hires officer to develop sales, business
NORTH VENICE -- Gary King has been named chief sales and business development officer for Tervis Tumbler.
King previously worked for Hallmark, Crayola and Pure Fishing. He has a track record of developing new business models, relationships and revenue
growth with major retailers, as well as independent retailers.
Tervis partners with more than 8,000 retailers nationwide and currently has 34 Tervis stores in 13 states. Tervis has been growing quickly and employment has tripled since 2010. The company employs more than 900 people. Tervis has grown its product assortment by developing new products from accessories to water bottles, added dozens of new licenses such as Hello Kitty and Harley-Davidson, as well as expanded licensed product lines to include Disney's Frozen and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
King has already stocked his office with his favorites, which include: an Oklahoma Sooners tumbler -- his son is a senior at the university, a Dallas Cowboys water bottle supporting his favorite football team, as well as a St. Louis Cardinals mug in honor of his hometown.
-- Herald staff reports