Blakely is a Clearwater native and chose to open the fourth Spanx store at International Plaza to bring her invention home.

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Tampa, Florida -- Sara Blakely, the woman who invented Spanx, is coming home to open a new store at International Plaza.

Blakely is a Clearwater native and chose to open the fourth Spanx store at International Plaza to bring her invention home.

"We are so excited to announce the opening of our fourth Spanx retail store. It is especially meaningful to me because I grew up shopping at International Plaza, now I can share Spanx with my hometown and the community that supported me from the beginning," says Blakely.

Official opening day festivities kick off with a presentation and hosiery cutting with Blakely at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 11. The first 100 shoppers to arrive at the store can choose a complimentary problem-solving product from the "Tower of Power," which houses packaged SPANX products from shapers to pantyhose ranging in retail price from $26 to $38.

In addition, "Shaping Spree" cards valued at $100 will be raffled off throughout the opening day.

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