2nd Brightline train on its way to West Palm Beach

The second train in Brightline’s growing fleet is on its way to West Palm Beach.

Photos posted on Facebook by rail enthusiasts late Tuesday show the train traveling through parts of California.

Brightline unveiled its first train, named Bright Blue because of the color of the markings on its passenger cars, at a special event in January.

The second train is dubbed Bright Pink.

The trains are being built at Siemens’ manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California. In all, five trains are expected to arrive in South Florida before the company launches the first leg of its passenger service this summer.

The first leg will carry passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami. Eventually, Brightline plans to expand service north to Orlando.

 

 

This retailer plans to open a new store in West Palm Beach

Shoe Carnival plans to open a new location in the remodeled Westward Shopping Center on Okeechobee Boulevard just west of Congress Avenue. img_0289

The shoe retailer’s sign is up at the plaza and construction on the store in underway. It will move into space once occupied by PetSmart.

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County

The Westward Shopping Center lost three large tenants — Old Navy, Sports Authority and PetSmart — when the Marketplace area at Palm Beach Outlets opened in 2014. The 300,000-square-foot Marketplace at the Outlets houses roughly 20 stores, most of which will are national chains and big box retailers, including the recently opened Whole Foods.img_6547

Since the exodus, Westward has gone through a rebirth.

Burlington, a national off-price retailer, opened in space that once housed Sports Authority. A Harbor Freight opened in Old Navy’s old spot.

Hhgregg to close 88 stores, including all its Palm Beach County locations

Hhgregg announced today it plans to close 88 stores across the country, including all three of its Palm Beach County locations, as part of a “turnaround effort” it said was designed to return the company to profitability.

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The company has three Palm Beach County locations — in Wellington, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County; offering discounts

All three of those stores are slated to close as part of the restructuring effort, according to an announcement posted on the retailer’s website.

Hhgregg’s only Treasure Coast location is also slated for closure.

In its announcement, hhgregg said the affected stores are expected to close in mid-April. Current inventory in those stores will be sold over the coming weeks.

Hhgregg also plans to close three of its distribution facilities, including one in Miami.

“We are strategically exiting markets and stores that are not financially profitable for us,” said Robert J. Riesbeck, hhgregg’s President and CEO. “This is a proactive decision to streamline our store footprint in the markets where we have been, and will continue to be, important to our customers, vendor partners and communities. We feel strongly that the markets we will remain in are the right ones for our customers and our business model. Our team is dedicated to moving forward and being a profitable 132 store, multi-regional chain where we will continue to be a dominant force in appliances, electronics and home furnishings.”

Bloomberg reported last week  that the electronics and appliance retailer is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

In all, the company plans to close 15 stores in Florida.

The closings will result in the elimination of approximately 1,500 positions, the company said.