Thursday, April 26, 2018
Business

Latino's Supermarket plans move to new, and nearby, location

VALRICO — A five-year search for just the right setting to build his dream business has taken William Guzman about 700 feet away from where it all began.

Guzman owns the Latino's Supermarket in Valrico across from the Home Depot just north of the State Road 60 and Mount Carmel Road intersection.

While he has enjoyed steady business since moving to the area from Long Island, N.Y., in 2006, he envisions a larger store to attract a broader customer base.

Guzman will raze the former Hillsboro Motel & Efficiency Apartments near his current location and construct a 7,000-square-foot fresh market visible from the highway.

"It will be more catered to international people, not just Spanish," said Guzman, who estimates 85 percent of his customers are Latino.

The new construction will replace his 13,000-square-foot operation he rents at 131 N Mount Carmel Road with a focus on what he calls reasonably priced produce and freshly prepared meals.

Guzman estimates his catering and buffet sales account for 25 percent of his business and said he donates leftovers daily to local churches and charity organizations "because Spanish food is never the same the next day."

"We try to give people good prices with good products," said Guzman, who doesn't consider larger supermarkets his competition. "Publix will always have their customers, Walmart will always have their customers and we have our customers."

Guzman said he will continue to rent space to some of the other convenient service providers his customers have grown accustomed to, such as the hair salon, locksmith and jeweler.

He expects the new store to create 20 new positions.

Learn more by contacting the Latino's Supermarket at (813) 685-9110.

Simple Life, Bass Pro relationship blossoms

The transformation from foe to friend has taken another step for Kelly Morris and his new relationship with giant outdoors retailer Bass Pro Shops.

Morris, who owns Simple Life Outfitters, recently moved out of the Valrico location he opened in 2010 to grow his brand online, through the more than 70 Bass Pro Shops in North America, traveling shows and events.

Morris, whose company garnered national attention during a trademark infringement logo battle with Bass Pro Shops that came to an amicable resolution in January 2013, closed his 1,200-square-foot shop that featured outdoors apparel on State Road 60 at the end of May.

He has since launched his Kickin' Back line, featuring various images of people from the feet down. The line is available in 29 Bass Pro Shops, with plans to expand throughout the chain by the end of the year.

"It's been pretty exciting," said Morris, who signed a vendor agreement with Bass Pro Shops. "At first, it was scary and we were getting low on funds. Now, the store closing was voluntary and working with them has been great. We are starting a brand from the ground up."

Morris said he is working on more saltwater designs that he calls "different, fresh and original."

Bass Pro Shops has broken ground on a new store in Westfield Brandon. Morris said they are targeting an early 2015 opening.

Go online to facebook.com/ thesimplelifeoutfitters to see Simple Life's offerings.

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

Comments
Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

ST. PETERSBURG --- With construction booming throughout Florida, private inspectors are increasingly reviewing the work of building contractors. But that has sometimes led to missed code violations and other problems.Now the city of St. Petersburg is...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Almost half of all homes for sale in Tampa Bay are unaffordable for first-time buyers

Almost half of all homes for sale in Tampa Bay are unaffordable for first-time buyers

Times Staff WriterAlmost half of all homes on the market in the Tampa Bay area are unaffordable for many buyers. According to Zillow, 48.7 percent of homes for sale are "high-end --- more than $348,0000 in Tampa Bay -- while just 20.5 percent are "l...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin’ Brands beats Wall Street forecast in first quarter

Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin’ Brands beats Wall Street forecast in first quarter

TAMPA — Growing sales at Outback Steakhouse have once again led parent company Bloomin’ Brands to beat Wall Street’s expectations, the latest quarterly report shows.But the Tampa-based restaurant group’s other chains are failing to keep up. Bloomin’ ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Focus crossover and Mustang will be only Ford sedans sold in North American dealerships

Focus crossover and Mustang will be only Ford sedans sold in North American dealerships

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will shed most of its North American car lineup as part of broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace.The changes include getting rid of all cars in...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Domino’s lifts curtain on ‘pizza theater’ in Lutz

Domino’s lifts curtain on ‘pizza theater’ in Lutz

LUTZ — Domino’s new ‘pizza theater’ store recently opened in Lutz, just outside of the Ballantrae subdivision. The store features the open-concept pizza theater design which offers viewing of the food preparation process.There is also a comfortable l...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Engaged couple opens chiropractic practice for all ages on W Hillsborough Ave

Engaged couple opens chiropractic practice for all ages on W Hillsborough Ave

TAMPA — Dr. Kaylee Canalungo and Dr. Kace Groff were attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in different states when a mutual friend introduced them. After graduating and working together at a chiropractic office in New York, they are engaged to be...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Clean Juice gets 3rd spot in Hyde Park Village

Michelle Piniella forecast about another South Tampa Clean Juice location in March, and now it’s official. The healthy, fresh juice concept has secured a lease with Hyde Park Village.The opening date is to be announced this summer as it is currently ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Cuban cuisine transformed at Armature Works

Cuban cuisine transformed at Armature Works

DOWNTOWN — Felicia Lacalle says cuban cooking is in her blood as she traditionally learned from her mother growing up. Since then she has perfected her craft finding ways to recreate classic dishes with a modern twist and now she aims to change the C...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Who books 4,600 hotel nights in Hillsborough? TV commercial crews, and they keep on coming

Who books 4,600 hotel nights in Hillsborough? TV commercial crews, and they keep on coming

TAMPA — Hillsborough County interim film commissioner Tyler Martinolich has a unique approach to channel surfing. He searches for two kinds of commercials: those made in his county and those he thinks should have been."Television commercials mean mon...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Why does Yelp think Asian restaurants serve cat and dog meat?

Why does Yelp think Asian restaurants serve cat and dog meat?

A strange thing happened when typing "dog menu" into the restaurant ratings website and app Yelp. It automatically generated suggested searches. There were dog massage, hot dogs, pet groomers. Also: "dog meat." But it got more disturbing. Take Yelp...
Updated: 7 hours ago