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DISCOUNT BOOKSTORE OPENS AT THE LANDING

Books are back at The Jacksonville Landing.

Discounter Book Liquidators has opened a store at the downtown retail and entertainment center in the space vacated by B. Dalton five months earlier.

Book Liquidators is operating under a temporary lease until the Landing begins a major renovation project later this year, Landing spokeswoman Nathalie Lobefaro said.

The nearly 3,400-square-foot store sells books at 50-80 percent off the regular price.

Christopher Calnan/The Times-Union

LOCAL REAL ESTATE FIRM SAYS OFFICE MARKET RECOVERING

The Jacksonville office market has stabilized and is slowly improving, according to an analysis by Fran Pepis, vice president at Colliers Dickinson Commercial Real Estate Services.

"Lease rates for Class A office space average $19.50 per gross square foot," Pepis said in a written statement. "That's not stellar, but it's moving in that direction."

Pepis said last quarter's absorption rate, the amount of space tenants are leasing in a market, is positive for the first time since 2003.

Colliers Dickinson is a Jacksonville-based full-service commercial real estate firm.

Ryan Geddes/The Times-Union

LAW CREATES NEW NAME FOR AIRPORTS AGENCY

Jacksonville's airports are now being overseen by a new agency -- kind of.

Based on a bill signed by Gov. Jeb Bush last week, the name of the airports board is being changed to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, with "aviation" replacing "airport." The change is designed to show the breadth of work the authority does.

Timothy J. Gibbons/The Times-Union

BUSINESS HEALTH PAPER RECOGNIZES RIVER GARDEN

Florida Medical Business, a Miami-based business health newspaper, named River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health & Aging Center in Mandarin the state's "Best Long-Term Care Facility," according to a news release.

River Garden provides long-term, convalescent and short-stay rehabilitative care to frail at-risk elderly.

Originally aimed at serving Jewish elderly with special needs, the facility now provides respite and hospice care, adult day care and geriatric assessment and counseling to the entire Jacksonville community.

Alison Trinidad/The Times-Union

NATIVE SUN LAUNCHES HEALTHY INTERNET SITE

Native Sun Natural Foods, a natural and organic supermarket in Mandarin, has launched a redesigned Web site, www. …

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