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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Don't miss it: Crate & Barrel opens Thursday in Tampa


Has the Tampa Bay retail industry arrived?

Well, when it comes to home goods options, this place ain't too shabby.

We hailed the recent opening of Ikea. We already take Pottery Barn and Ethan Allen for granted. And now...

Crate & Barrel opens on Thursday!

Yep, at 10 a.m. tomorrow, the doors will part for the public on the gleaming white mod structure located at the West Shore Boulevard entrance to International Plaza.

For design junkies, the store is definitely worth checking out now. (And make sure to stop in at Christmas -- Crate & Barrel has so many cute ornaments at far more reasonable prices than Pottery Barn.)

But here's something to keep in mind for the not-to-distant future. According to savvy Times' retail biz reporter Mark Albright, Crate & Barrel runs true clearance sales on unsold goods twice a year, in January and in June. And even though our local store is just opening, the sale happens on a national scale, so keep your eye out for deals and steals starting June 5.

~ Deal Diva Colleen, who thinks she might like to go store-hopping this weekend between Ikea and Crate & Barrel and not tell her husband how much she spends.

(Photo by Times photographer Martha Rial)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:16pm]


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