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Top 10 Business Observer stories of the first half of 2024

While some news is of closings and layoffs, people and companies in the region are also busy buying land, expanding and taking risks.

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 5:00 a.m. July 7, 2024
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An analysis of the most-viewed stories in the Business Observer the first half of 2024 reveals, in a small sample size, two conflicting themes. 

One theme: in several so-called legacy industries — shipping documents via trucks and planes and shopping malls, to name two — businesses are shrinking in size and employees. On the other hand, entrepreneurial-minded business leaders are seizing opportunities to grab and grow market share, even in restaurants and grocery stores, two sectors especially crushed by inflation and high costs. 

One other theme: people in the region are busy: Out of the top 20 most-viewed Business Observer stories from Jan. 1 to June 30, 17 of them involve entities opening, closing, buying, demolishing, persevering land or and/or choosing Florida for a market debut for a new brand. (Two others of the top 20 involve reporting of news somewhat reflective of challenges many have experienced in the economy. One headline read: Collier County ranked worst county in Florida to raise a family, from a report. The other, Home sales report: Sarasota-Bradenton leads nation in slashing prices, came from a Redfin analysis.) 

One final quirky discovery: The two most-viewed stories so far in 2024 were both published on the same day, Feb. 27, and both had the word mall in the headline.

The top 10 most-viewed stores in the first six months of the year are:



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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