Get ready, because Hulkamania is about to hit Clearwater Beach, brother!
Longtime Clearwater resident Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, is set to open a retail shop on Mandalay Avenue, just a leg drop away from his new North Beach home.
The shop, located on the upper level of the Pelican Walk Plaza near the Jolley Trolley offices, will sell new Hulk items as well as display some of his personal memorabilia; it should be open for business in approximately 10 days, according to property manager Mike Buonos.
"Terry lives here, he loves it here, and he wants to have a presence here," Buonos said from the site of the soon-to-be-completed shop. "It makes sense for him to do something like this here."
Hogan, who on Eldorado Avenue, will make appearances at the shop, as will other wrestlers, and have autograph signing sessions for fans, according to Buonos.
Buonos says Hogan's daughter, reality TV star/singer Brooke Hogan, as well as his new wife, Jennifer McDaniel, will also be a part of the business, although he wasn't sure in what capacity.
But the man behind sprucing up the burgeoning North Beach plaza believes the wrestler's shop alone will help increase traffic at the location.
"It's going to increase tourist traffic, because he himself is a tourist attraction," Buonos says. "People love Hulk Hogan."