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Grocer GFS Marketplace comes to Carrollwood

CARROLLWOOD — A major wholesale and retail supplier of food service goods is building its newest store at the site of the former Buca di Beppo.

Michigan-based GFS Marketplace plans to open its 10th Florida store at 11511 N Dale Mabry Highway some time in May 2010, said company spokeswoman Suzette Murchison. Construction began in October when the company tore down the former Buca di Beppo building, once a popular Italian restaurant known for its huge portions.

When completed, the 15,000-square-foot GFS Marketplace will employ 30 to 35 people, Murchison said.

"Customers will find a large selection of produce and dairy, grocery and frozen, paper and janitorial products in larger pack sizes," she said. "Unlike the wholesale clubs, Gordon Food Service is committed to serving the needs of the community and does not charge a membership fee to shop in their stores and is open to the public."

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Gordon Food Service markets itself as the largest family-owned distributor of food service products to restaurants, schools and food service operators in the country, Murchison said. The GFS Marketplace Stores, which first began in 1979, is also the primary supplier to many smaller operators who prefer to pick up their products, Murchison said. There are currently more than 130 GFS Marketplace stores throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Tennessee. The company opened a location in Brandon this year.

For more information about GFS Marketplace, visit

Swimwear store moves across the bay

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — After more than 10 years in Hillsborough County, custom swimwear store Suits You Swimwear, moved to the other side of the bay.

The company closed its store at 11288 W Hillsborough Ave. last month and reopened at 29184 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater.

Clyde McCudden, who co-owns the store with his wife Lucy, said they needed to accommodate their growing business.

"We had 1,300 square feet before," he said. "Now we got 3,000 square feet."

Though the swimwear store has operated for only a few weeks in its new location, McCudden said he expects the business will do just as well in Clearwater as it has done in Town 'N Country.

"We're a niche-based business," McCudden said. "People come to us for a reason because we do a lot of custom suits." specializes in swimwear for women and men for modeling, as well as fitness and bodybuilding competitions.

McCudden said that the cover girls of the Hooters and Wing House 2010 calendars are wearing his suits.

The extra space will also allow them to branch off into some mainstream swimwear in addition to custom jobs, McCudden said.

For more information about Suits You Swimwear, visit or call (727) 784-0844.

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Grocer GFS Marketplace comes to Carrollwood 12/03/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2009 3:30am]
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