Make us your home page

Crowd packs Container Store for sneak peek

TAMPA — The Container Store knows how to organize a closet. It also knows how to throw a party.

More than 2,000 people, mostly women, packed the Container Store in Tampa on Thursday night to get a sneak peek of the store before it opens Saturday. Guests mingled among the aisles of hampers, hangers and handbag organizers, sipping wine and sampling hors d'oeuvres.

Stations throughout the store had food cleverly served in little plastic boxes and arranged in mini file cabinets and desk organizers. The cash register area was converted into an open bar, and waiters circulated the 25,000-square-foot store handing out rosemary lemonades and cucumber lime vodka drinks.

"I've been waiting for this for seven years," said Suzanne Brownstein of the Junior League of Tampa. "I have visions about organizing my garage."

The Junior League, a volunteer group that helps local children, will receive 10 percent of sales this Saturday and Sunday, an amount expected to exceed $70,000. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Garrett Boone, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Dallas-based chain, posed for photos with customers and hit the dance floor as a band belted out Dancing Queen and Isn't She Lovely, a nod to the store's target audience.

Barbara Zdravecky of Anna Maria Island has visited Container Stores across the country and was thrilled to get a location across from International Plaza, the 59th nationwide and third in Florida.

"Everyone I know wants to come to the Container Store," she said. "It has universal appeal. To get one in Tampa is a real sign that we're a good market."

Even Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn attended the preview party, not as mayor but as a dad with two young girls and a lot of stuff.

Crowd packs Container Store for sneak peek 03/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena


    The Orlando parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks saw its stock drop 3.5 percent Monday to $15.10, its lowest price of this year.

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011, before public pressure was placed on the theme park company to curtail its orca shows.SeaWorld has since announced an end to the traditional killer whale entertainment  at its theme parks. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  2. Rick Scott appoints 'my friend,' Jimmy Patronis, as Florida CFO

    State Roundup
    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches


    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy


    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  5. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.


    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.