A Lakeland couple that owns seven of the eight Tampa Bay area Play It Again Sports stores on Thursday was named large retailer of the year by the Florida Retail Federation. Sandy Fortin, a 61-year-old former Tampa Belk Lindsey executive, and his wife Judy, 60, built their business in a decade from a single store to a 30-store statewide franchise that generated $23-million in sales in 2007. Play It Again Sports gets 25 percent of its business buying and selling pre-owned sport equipment. Winners in the statewide trade group's categories for smaller stores were John Shepard, owner of Carpet One Floor in Panama City, and Adele Aletti, owner of Gone Bonkers, a gift shop in New Smyrna Beach.
Sporting goods retailer wins a top honor
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