BRANDON — Big Lots has made some big changes at 15 of its Tampa Bay stores, including its location at 843 W Bloomingdale Ave.
The closeout retailer will feature four days of giveaways and specials beginning 9 a.m. Friday. Changes at the newly remodeled locations include all new flooring and ceilings, fresh paint, updated fixtures and upgraded lighting, along with new cash wraps, restroom facilities and outdoor facelifts.
The improvements allow for cleaner, clearer aisles, making for an improved and more organized store layout, according to Andy Regrut, director of investor relations.
Regrut said this is the second wave of full-market remodeling after the company began investing an average remodeling budget of $300,000 per store last year in California and Miami.
"We wanted to take important markets and give them a significant remodel," Regrut said. "We want the shopping experience to be like-new and the focus to become more customer-centric."
The Big Lots in Plant City (1427 S Collins Street) and Ruskin (3048 E College Avenue) also will celebrate with festivities running through Monday.
Fresh Market breaks ground in Valrico
The Fresh Market has broken ground on its first east Hillsborough location after signing a lease this year in the Lithia Crossings shopping center at 3470 Lithia-Pinecrest Road, but no opening date has been announced yet.
Health-conscious shoppers who have visited the two Tampa locations or two Pinellas County locations know the store has gained a reputation for its large produce department, full-service meat and seafood counters, deli and prepared foods department, in-store bakery, floral and coffee selections.
Since the first store opened in Greensboro, N.C., back in 1982, the company has grown to 136 locations in 26 states, including more than 30 in Florida, and it is publicly traded on the NASDAQ.
"The Fresh Market's inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of European markets," Craig Carlock, president and chief executifve officer, said in a news release. "Our customers enjoy shopping in an environment that appeals to all the senses."
Customers can look forward to a selection of more than 400 produce items, many of which are organic, including choices such as antibiotic-free chicken and hand-trimmed, aged beef from its butcher shop.
The bakery department will feature more than 30 kinds of freshly baked bread and 14 varieties of pies, while the European-style delicatessen will serve more than 200 varieties of imported and domestic cheeses.
When it does open its doors, hours of operation for the store in Valrico will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.