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By Times Staff
Published May 28, 2007


Here's a chance to buy a piece of Lou Pearlman

The Backstreet Boys' gold records, other boy band memorabilia, computers, office furniture, Dale Chihuly glass art, jet skis and aircraft parts will be among the items on the auction block at 11 a.m. June 12 in Orlando. It's all part of a bankruptcy trustee's efforts to raise money to pay off creditors of music producer Lou Pearlman and Trans Continental Airlines. A list of auction items and online bidding will be available through BidSpotter.com for those who can't make the trip to Trans Continental headquarters at Church Street Station. Or contact Stampler Auctions toll-free at 1-800-330-2437.

Latino shoppers get a new channel

HSN has not called itself Home Shopping Network for years. But lawyers for the St. Petersburg TV shopping network have noticed a potential rival called Home Shopping Latino is being formed in Miami to take a stab at creating a Spanish language shopping channel. After closing down its Home Shopping Espanol after an ill-fated 20-month run, HSN can relate to the challenges ahead. The new venture, which has no connection to HSN, recently hired former HSN production manager Ysmael de Los Santos as an operations executive. The group, which will be branded as Viva TeleCompras, is trying to raise $30-million through a private placement to get on the air.

Bojangle's brings its chicken back

Popeye's, KFC and Church's are getting a run for their money in the spicy fried chicken department. Bojangle's Chicken & Biscuits is coming back into the Tampa Bay area market after a 17-year hiatus. The Charlotte, N.C., chain, which closed its 100 Florida stores in 1990, brings a different offering to the fast food wars. Bojangle's is open for breakfast from 5:30 a.m. until late at night. Its biscuits - including the dough - are made from scratch on site, and never frozen or par baked. "We pay our biscuit makers more because we consider them artists, " said Eric Newman, executive vice president of development for the chain that's rebuilt to 385 stores. "We should have a few stores around Tampa Bay early next year." Popeye's, which recently pulled back to 17 stores after a new franchisee closed stores in Safety Harbor and New Port Richey, took advantage of the vacuum created by Bojangle's missteps 17 years ago to grow to 1, 825 stores this year.