Make us your home page

Bulk Nation shoppers can bag savings

Alida Farhad of Lithia bags some red rice at Bulk Nation, a new kind of grocery store that opened two weeks ago at Regency Square. The store offers more than 400 bulk items by weight.

ERIC VICIAN | Special to the Times

Alida Farhad of Lithia bags some red rice at Bulk Nation, a new kind of grocery store that opened two weeks ago at Regency Square. The store offers more than 400 bulk items by weight.

BRANDON — Spry moviegoers have stopped in to line their pockets before catching a flick.

The lunch crowd has been known to nibble. And bakers and ethnic food lovers enjoy the variety and the customization found at Regency Square's newest tenant, Bulk Nation.

Two weeks after opening at 2426 W Brandon Blvd., locals have found the store to be part grocery and part fun. With more than 400 bulk items to choose from, candy and nuts have proven the most popular, but the store also offers cereal, beans, gluten-free pasta, soup mix, dried fruits, spices and more by the scoop.

Alida Farhad of Lithia came to pick up some red rice and basmati rice to make a traditional dish for her husband, Roma, who is from Afghanistan. She also told her daughter, Rachel, a baker, about the 100-plus theme-shaped cake pans you can rent for $1.99 a day.

"It's a very good way to cater to multiple cultures," said Farhad, who is Puerto Rican and also fills bags with staples from her heritage.

Brandon's Bulk Nation is just the second opened by president Clay Donato. A Canadian-born former pro tennis player and product of Bradenton's IMG Academy, Donato opened the first store nine months ago in Sarasota. He's seen the concept work in Canada for companies such as Bulk Barn.

"The uniqueness of our store, we thought would be a great fit for Brandon," Donato said. "Buying in bulk is an increasingly popular trend."

The bulk pricing, that aims to save consumers money by avoiding packaging costs, ranges from 25 cents per four ounces of peanuts up to $7.80 for a quarter pound of pine nuts. The average cost for bulk items is from $1 to $2 for four ounces of goods.

Bulk Nation also offers pinatas you can fill with candy, along with chips and drinks for your parties. Donato said he hopes to turn the concept into a franchise and open more stores throughout Florida and the East Coast next year.

Bulk Nation is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. On Tuesdays, seniors and students receive 10 percent off their purchase. The store is planning a grand opening celebration Jan. 2. Visit for more details.

'Letter Lady' looks to help businesses

Melody Jameson puts a premium on the written word. The local writer and photographer, has launched a new service called the Letter Lady to assist residents and business owners where she says social media can't.

Whether resolving disputes, enhancing sales or even penning an old-fashioned love letter, Jameson wants to help.

"There are some important communications between human beings that email and Instagram cannot properly manage that require the well-targeted letter, often in hard copy," Jameson said in a press release. "Frequently, this is the best way to resolve disputes with companies, for example, or hit various professional business correspondence goals, and the articulate love letter always is a keeper, preserved sometimes for generations."

If you need to find the right words for a task, write Jameson an email at or call her at (813) 634-7775.

If you know of something that should be Everybody's Business, email Eric Vician at

Bulk Nation shoppers can bag savings 12/04/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming


    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]
  2. A sports rout on Wall Street


    NEW YORK — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak.

  3. Grocery chain Aldi hosting hiring event in Brandon Aug. 24


    BRANDON — German grocery chain Aldi is holding a hiring event for its Brandon store Aug. 24. It is looking to fill store associate, shift manager and manager trainee positions.

  4. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik backs film company pursuing global blockbusters


    TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's latest investment might be coming to a theater near you.

    Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, invested in a new movie company looking to appeal to a global audience. | [Times file photo]
  5. Trigaux: Look to new Inc. 5000 rankings for Tampa Bay's future heavyweights


    There's a whole lotta fast-growing private companies here in Tampa Bay. Odds are good you have not heard of most of them.


    Kyle Taylor, CEO and founder of The Penny Hoarder, fills a glass for his employees this past Wednesday as the young St. Petersburg personal advice business celebrates its landing at No. 25 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country. Taylor, still in his 20s, wins kudos from executive editor Alexis Grant for keeping the firm's culture innovative. The business ranked No. 32 last year. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]