Now deeply into construction, Tampa’s next mega-mansion will rise three stories tall and spread out over a 47,000-square-foot space, roughly half the size of some Publix grocery stores, and likely feature rooftop gardens, fountains, and a dozen bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms.
Luckily for guests and visitors, the mansion will have an open-door policy and everything inside will be for sale. The couches in the living room, the robes in the bathroom and the wine glasses in the kitchen. That’s because this mega-mansion will be a Restoration Hardware “Gallery” adjacent to International Plaza mall, one of just four supersites the San Francisco-based home design retailer will open around the nation this year.
While most other retailers are closing stores or shrinking stores to better compete with online rivals, Restoration Hardware is very much going the other direction, building big. Very big. And the retailer thus joins a small pack of companies bucking current trends and going for mega-stores: Bass Pro Shops and Academy Sports among them.