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HOME IMPROVEMENT: Do-it-yourselfers in Riverview, a Lowe's will be opening near the end of 2005 at U.S. 301 and Gibsonton Road. The home improvement warehouse will have 116,000 square feet of space, not including the 29,000-square-foot garden center. The addition will be the second Lowe's in the Brandon area, with the other on Causeway Boulevard. A request for a Valrico location, near State Road 60 and Mount Carmel Road, will be considered by county commissioners Tuesday.

POTTERY STORE: Monterrey Pottery opened Dec. 27 at 432 E. Brandon Blvd. with imported products from Spain and Mexico. The store features Talabera pottery from Mexico, which is perfect for accenting gardens or patios. Among the store's offerings: coffee mugs, pitchers, wall hangings and chimeneas. Prices range from $2.99 to $225 and store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 571-5730.

RESTAURANT CLOSING: There's one less place to dine on Brandon Boulevard. The popular 902 East Restaurant, at 902 E Brandon Blvd., closed Dec. 31. "We weren't getting a lot of return for the amount of hours spent," owner Dave Chapdelaine said. Besides serving American food, the eatery was a spot for meetings and local events. Owners of the restaurant will honor all gift certificates at 220 East, at 220 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. Call 259-1220.