Bulk Nation, the Tampa, Florida-based bulk food specialty grocer, will host grand openings for its Clearwater and Lakeland stores this month, according to Clay Donato, Bulk Nation president.
The Clearwater grand opening will be Sept. 16-18, and the Lakeland grand opening will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2. A portion of sales those days will benefit local chapters of the YMCA in each community.
“With the opening of our stores, we think it important to build a connection with the communities,” said Donato, who is board chairman of the Brandon, Florida, YMCA. “The Y has many needs, and we think this is a good fit.”
As part of the grand openings, complimentary food samplings will be offered. In addition, raffles and other giveaways will be part of the festivities. Special prices will be promoted through advertising flyers.
Additional Bulk Nation Florida store openings are scheduled for October in Tarpon Springs, Kissimmee and Clermont. The retailer also will open new stores in Orlando under a franchise agreement in 2016 and 2017, with plans calling for at least five new stores under this agreement.
Founded in 2013, Bulk Nation is a bulk food specialty grocery company offering more than 3,000 bulk specialty food items, including dried fruits, nuts and vegetables, as well as spices, coffees, teas, ancient grains and candy.
Bulk Nation currently has stores in Brandon, Largo and and Orlando, Florida.
*Editor’s note: Read more about Bulk Nation here.