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Partnership launches TIA retail opening

From left to right, Susan Stackhouse, Joe Lopano, Paul Collica and Roberto Torres attend the grand opening of Tumi/Swarovski. Photo courtesy of  Roberto Torres.
From left to right, Susan Stackhouse, Joe Lopano, Paul Collica and Roberto Torres attend the grand opening of Tumi/Swarovski. Photo courtesy of Roberto Torres.
Published Dec. 16, 2016

Tampa entrepreneur, Roberto Torres, President of Black and Denim, a local manufacturing clothing company was given an opportunity to join Stellar Partners in a new venture inside Tampa International Airport.

"The CEO of Stellar Partners, Susan Stackhouse approached us and asked us if we wanted to partner," Torres said.

On Dec. 11, an official grand opening took place for the new retail space that consists of Tumi and a Swarovski inside the international terminal, Airside F.

"It is the first store of the airport expansion to open in that particular terminal," Torres said. "This is the first of seven stores. The rest will open in the airport sometime next year."

Tumi is a luggage store that also carries vests and jackets that transform into traveling pillows.

Swarovski sells pretty much everything their traditional stores do including jewelry, pens and ornaments.

"It's amazing to me that a local company is able to provide this service to our international travelers," Torres said.

A second Tumi/Swarovski location is set to open outside the airport in the future.

"The two stores seem to complement each other so well," Torres said.

For more information visit, stellarairportstores.com/our-stores/tumi_swarovski.

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