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Former Scotty's is site for huge apparel sale

An Ohio closeout clothing company takes over the space occupied until last summer by the hardware chain.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 22, 2002


NO, SCOTTY'S ISN'T SELLING WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR: Like some loose South Tampa lips have leaked. It's just that the building at 4221 W Gandy Blvd. that was occupied until last summer by the hardware chain has been taken over by MJR Sales Inc. The Columbus, Ohio-based closeout clothing seller will open for another event sale today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

But that stuff you've heard about a huge selection of discounted name brand women's apparel, everything from underwear to shoes to accessories, is true. As is the fact that there are no dressing rooms in the bare-bones store.

No word on when the next sales event will be, but it likely won't be for a couple of months. At the store you can join the MJR mailing and get in the loop.

And if this weekend's sale doesn't satisfy your inner scavenger, keep your eyes peeled across the street for next month's . . .

BURDINES DISPLAY AND PROP SALE: Those who show true attention to retail detail know that department store prop sales are unique opportunities. You can score a giant fake bottle of Pleasures, or an impossibly perfect Christmas tree, or maybe even a giant Swatch prop that your teen will cherish at least until her sophomore year. Anything that was once in a store display is fair game.

The sale will be April 25 and 26 from 7 a.m to 3 p.m., at the deparment store's 4130 W Gandy Blvd. location. Mannequins, factices (those giant perfume bottles), fabrics and linens, antique furniture, etegiers, artificial holiday greenery and other store fixtures will be available.

Can someone tell us how one stuffs a mannequin into the car trunk without feeling a little creepy?

NEW STORES AT WESTSHORE PLAZA: The latest salvo fired in the mall war between the plazas WestShore and International is the arrival of two in-store boutiques and a handbag and travel accessory store at WestShore.

Prada and Gucci plan to open 200-square-foot outposts inside Saks Fifth Avenue on Saturday. You know the drill -- handbags, belts, small leather goods.

El Portal, purveyor of handbags, travel and business accessories, expects to open a second Florida location at WestShore by late April.

INDEPENDENT PLAZA: Is a retail/office plaza that will replace the mound of dirt at 1416 W Kennedy Blvd., across the street from the Ferman car dealership. Don Arias, son of property owner Celestino Arias, says construction should be complete in four months. It will boast 7,033 square feet.

No, the building's name doesn't mean that it will be franchise and chain-store free. It's named after the old Tampa company Arias' grandfather founded, Independent Ice.

-- Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Call Michael Canning at 226-3408 or e-mail canning@sptimes.com.

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