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Published May 20, 2011

It's a brand-new business with a familiar name.

For more than two decades, Bike Works was a favorite location for bicycle riders and enthusiasts in the Riverview area. The original owner sold the business a few years ago, and the new owners shifted the focus toward upscale bicycles. That didn't work out, and the store closed late last year.

Now David Luppino, who has owned several successful bike shops in Hillsborough County, has opened Brandon Bike Works.

It's the same location as Bike Works, but there are some big differences, Luppino said of the Winthrop Town Centre store.

"Brandon Bike Works is a family shop," he said. "In the old shop, the prices for a bicycle started at $1,500. People would just walk in and turn around and walk out."

Brandon Bike Works has new bicycles from $200 to $15,000, so there's something for everyone. It's a licensed dealer of Trek, Gary Fisher and Mirraco bikes. The store also offers some used bikes and will sell bikes on consignment.

Besides bikes, Brandon Bike Works sells cycling accessories and repairs all brands of bikes.

Luppino's experience in the retail industry runs deep. He opened three bike shops in Tampa, sold those and took a break from the business for a few years. Now, besides Brandon Bike Works, he owns Just Ride Bicycles in the FishHawk Ranch area.

Brandon Bike Works opened May 6. Luppino said he plans to hold a grand opening celebration this summer.

The shop is at 6406 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., near Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Starbucks. It's open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (813) 438-8908 or visit

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JCPenney Express opens in Ruskin

RUSKIN - It's an awfully long drive from the Sun City Center area to the nearest JCPenney store in Brandon.

Now there's no need for Ruskin area JCPenney aficionados to make the trek. Dove Interiors Carpet One, at 2305 College Ave. (State Road 674), has just become a JCPenney Express center.

That means shoppers can buy anything from the JCPenney catalog, or anything that JCPenney offers online, through Dove Interiors Carpet One.

Joan Miller, president of Dove Interiors, said ordering JCPenney merchandise through her store has some distinct advantages over ordering from home. There are no shipping charges, and shoppers can have their purchases delivered to Dove Interiors Carpet One so they don't have to worry about them being delivered while no one is at home.

Customers can also make credit card payments at Dove Interiors.

The center is open now. A grand opening celebration is set for June 7. Customers can register now for four weekly drawings for a $100 JCPenney Express gift card.

Dove Interiors Carpet One, which specializes in carpet, flooring and window treatments, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For information, call (813) 645-9590 or visit

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