RIVERVIEW — There's one thing that has been missing from the ever-growing retail environment in the Ruskin-Apollo Beach area, Charlie Boscarino said.
An off-price department store.
So Boscarino, the vice president of leasing for RMC Property Group, says the opening of a Marshalls on U.S. 301 just south of Big Bend Road is big news for local shoppers.
"It's definitely a piece that was missing from the market," he said.
Marshalls is slated to open this summer or early fall. It will be in the same plaza as Beall's and Dollar General. That means it will fill a price gap between those two stores in the plaza, but will also help make the surrounding area, which includes a Publix, a more thorough shopping destination.
"It means that people who live in the area won't have to go all the way into Tampa or Brandon," Boscarino said.
Currently, SouthShore residents must drive to Brandon's Regency Square or Tampa's Britton Plaza to shop at Marshalls.
Marshalls emphasizes current-season name-brand apparel for men, women and children, but also carries beauty products, luggage, and home furnishings and accessories, all at bargain prices.
For information, visit marshallsonline.com.
Continucare expands Plant City center
PLANT CITY — Continucare's Plant City Medical Center recently completed an expansion and major renovation.
The center now has about 11,000 square feet and includes 18 examination rooms.
Continucare is based in South Florida and has 19 medical centers in Hillsborough, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
"Continucare is a primary care provider specifically targeted for seniors," said Al Palombo, Continucare's senior vice president of corporate communications. "Our approach is really a patient-focused method of care."
The method combines the latest medical technology with an old-fashioned approach to patient service, he said. The Plant City center has four doctors, but all patients will have their own doctor who will take care of all their needs.
When Continucare patients have to be admitted to a hospital or referred to a specialist, the staff from Continucare works with them on Medicaid or Medicare paperwork and problems. Almost all of Continucare's patients use Medicare or Medicaid.
The Plant City center includes a self-dispensing medication service. Patients can get up to a three-month supply of several commonly prescribed drugs at the time of their appointment with their primary care physician, eliminating the need for a trip to the local pharmacy.
Continucare has Spanish-speaking staffers and doctors who speak English, Spanish and German.
Continucare is at 228 W Alexander St., just west of the James L. Redman Parkway. Visit continucare.com or call (813) 754-5480.
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