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Shipping container in place at first Smalls Sliders location in Ocala

A cheeseburger slider chain that is developing two new locations in Ocala has unveiled its first iconic structure in the area.

Dunnellon couple opens new cafe on wedding anniversary

A Dunnellon couple celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in grand style last month with the opening of a new cafe.

New storage facility nearing completion in south Marion, another on the way nearby

While construction of a new storage facility in south Marion County nears completion, another facility is planned for a different site a few miles south.

Downtown Ocala shop closing after decades in business

A shop in downtown Ocala is closing its doors after over three decades in business as the owner moves on to other creative endeavors.

Restaurateur breathing new life into former seafood staple in Ocala

A restaurateur is breathing new life into a west Ocala space with a menu that features a variety of seafood and chicken options.

Have you tried this new cafe in Ocala?

A new cafe near downtown Ocala has drawn hundreds of favorable reviews from visitors in its first few months.

Third new Mexican restaurant in Ocala this year nearing completion

A new Mexican restaurant under construction near the Paddock Mall is nearing completion, marking the third such restaurant to open in Ocala this year. 

Fast food chain gets approval for new mural on south Marion location

A fast food chain with over 500 locations across the country has gotten approval to add a new mural to one of its locations in south Marion County.

Poké Go opens new ramen, bubble tea restaurant on SR 200

A new restaurant specializing in poké bowls, ramen, and bubble tea recently opened along Ocala's busiest highway.

Popeyes opening soon at Ocala’s Paddock Mall

A new Popeyes location under construction at the Paddock Mall will "open soon."

New boutique features several ‘shoppes’ in east Ocala

A new boutique has opened in east Ocala, featuring products from local entrepreneurs who are making the transition from pop-ups and online sales to a brick-and-mortar store.

New Paddock Market cleared out as construction progresses towards fall opening

The site of a new artisan market at the Paddock Mall has been cleared as crews work to completely renovate the space.

New car wash company expanding into Ocala

A new car wash company that is planning to develop its first six locations in the state of Florida will open one of those establishments in southeast Ocala.

Crews working on new cheeseburger slider spot in Ocala

Construction crews are working on a new cheeseburger slider restaurant that plans to open later this year along Ocala's busiest thoroughfare.

ResCare Community Living Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary

ResCare Community Living celebrated its 40th anniversary and highlighted long-time employees at their Ocala Cluster.

Starbucks abruptly closes location at Paddock Mall

A company that runs dozens of Starbucks at malls across the country has permanently closed its location at the Paddock Mall in Ocala.

22 new restaurants have opened in Ocala in 2024

Nearly two dozen new restaurants and food trucks have opened in Ocala since the beginning of this year, with at least 13 more in various stages of construction.

19 restaurants have closed in Ocala in the past 12 months

At least 19 restaurants have permanently closed their locations in Ocala over the past 12 months, including several businesses that also celebrated grand openings during that same time span.

Ocala restaurant owner says he ‘invested in the wrong city’ while announcing business closure

A business owner says he made a "huge mistake" opening a new restaurant in east Ocala and will close his establishment less than a year later, citing "low household incomes," a lack of "black-owned businesses," and a smaller population (but larger area) in Ocala relative to his hometown of Gainesville.

New Italian restaurant saves iconic sign in east Ocala after coming into compliance with city

The owner of a new restaurant under construction in east Ocala was able to salvage an iconic sign along East Silver Springs Boulevard that belonged to Lorito's Italian Kitchen, which closed in 2023 after five decades in business.

The Sunny Pint permanently closes east Ocala taproom

A taproom and eatery in east Ocala that was open for just over six months before temporarily closing in April has announced that it will not re-open its doors.

582 horses sold for $21.3 million at Ocala Breeders’ June Sale

Nearly 600, two-year-old horses sold for over $21 million during the Ocala Breeders' June Sale this past week.

New Halal food truck joins park in south Ocala

A new food truck that specializes in halal dishes joins the growing food truck park in south Ocala that opened earlier this year.

Dining space with multiple restaurants under construction near downtown Ocala

Crews are making brisk progress on a new, modern dining concept under construction near downtown Ocala that will feature a 1920s speakeasy, Asian fusion restaurant, Mediterranean tapas spot, and craft brewery when it opens later this year.