Openings and closings: commercial events in the region | Lehigh Valley Regional News


From new apartments approved to restaurants reopening and ready to serve, here’s your weekly look at what’s happening with businesses in your neighborhood.






ABE ATIYEH WAREHOUSES: 1492 Van Buren Road, Palmer Township

A hearing on the conditional use of the developer’s proposed warehouses has not yet concluded, with Palmer’s supervisory board due to discuss it again on September 27. Residents and some township officials criticized the proposal. Read more.

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AIR AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS INC.: Township of Upper Macungie

The global industrial gas company plans to help the UK reduce carbon emissions through a partnership. Air Products announced this week that it will work with Associated British Ports to build Britain’s first large-scale ‘green hydrogen’ plant in the Port of Immingham.

Green hydrogen, produced with minimal environmental impact, can be used instead of fossil fuels in heavy industry and transport.

Air Products will also welcome liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) from carbon capture projects, as this pollutant is heading for permanent storage under the North Sea.

The project reflects the philosophy set out this year by Air Products Chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi: “Our growth strategy and our sustainability strategy are one.

The company aims for net zero emissions by 2050. Read the full story.

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BYRON PLACE PIZZERIA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT: 124 S. Walnut Street, Bath

The new pizzeria held a grand opening to introduce its varied menu to the Bath community.

Byron Place serves stromboli, hot sandwiches, cold subs and grinders, wraps, burgers and cheesesteaks. In addition to pizzas and Italian standards, it also serves lamb and chicken gyros, as well as a Buffalo chicken cheesesteak.

Byron Place is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.

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JENNY’S KUALI: 102 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem

The Malaysian and vegetarian restaurant in South Bethlehem will close at the end of September, having served “999,999 dumplings”, according to owners Jenny and Roy Lim’s Facebook post. They operated Jenny’s for 10 years, and the House of Chen in Allentown before that.

Kuali means “wok” in Malay. Both Lim were born in Malaysia.

Jenny’s will continue to sell sauces and cookbooks, and run pop-ups and classes. The restaurant wasn’t just a local favorite, it was an institution of Lehigh University, serving thousands of students over its decade. Get all the information.

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KHANISA’S: 118 Northampton Street, Easton

The pudding bar moves to Allentown after problems at its Easton address. Khanisa’s next stop will be the downtown Allentown Market, with a grand opening on October 1st.

The dessert company complained about problems with its building and said city officials were slow to respond. Mayor Sal Panto took issue with some of Khanisa and Sean Darby’s remarks and said the main issue was between the company and the building owner.

The Downtown Allentown Market is located at 27 N. 7th St. Read the full story.

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SUPPLY AND LEHIGH LANDSCAPE NURSERY: 1040 Riverview Drive, Walnutport

The Walnutport Gardening and Landscaping Company on Riverview Drive (Route 145) plans to hold a grand opening on October 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. , building materials and decorative stones for delivery or collection.

Lehigh Landscape serves the contractor and homeowner markets.

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LEHIGH VALLEY II AND III SHOPPING CENTERS and HYDRA LAKE: Hanoverville Road, Lower Nazareth Township

Construction of a warehouse is progressing on the site and near the former Dutch Springs water park. Developer Trammell Crow said Lehigh Valley Trade Center II (LVTC II) at 4939 Hanoverville Road is nearing completion, adding 527,000 square feet of warehouse space.

Groundbreaking is underway for LVTC III, near the quarry now known as Lake Hydra. These distribution buildings will cover approximately 588,000 square feet and will be completed by the end of 2023.

The quarry has been retained for recreational diving and training. Trammell Crow donated land to DIVE LLC, formed by Ken Kraft and Jim Folk, to operate the dive site. This not only means diving for fun and certification, but emergency response teams will continue to train at Hydra Lake. Read more.

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REFINISHED FURNITURE BY RACHEL, LANDSCAPING AND EDGE EXCAVATION, AUGUST BLOOM DESIGNS: 205 Blue Valley Drive, Bangor

The Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting with the three Haffling siblings – Connor, Lauren and Rachel – on September 10.

Rachel, 17, started Rachel’s Refinished Furniture three years ago. Connor, 18, runs Edge Landscaping and Excavation, and Lauren, 22, started August Blooms. She makes hand-tufted rugs and wall hangings after studying textiles at the University of Moravia. Get all the details.

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WALLY’S DELI: 1245 rue Chestnut, Emmaüs

The delicatessen could close after 33 years unless new employees come through the door soon. Wally’s said on Facebook that staff shortages will force it to close by the end of September.

Wally’s Allentown location will remain open.

Hiring has been a challenge in many industries, with a 4.3% unemployment rate in Pennsylvania and warehouses pushing up hourly wages. Read more.

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WAWA, BANK, HARVEY’S CORNER APARTMENT COMPLEX: 4900 Freemansburg Avenue, Bethlehem Township

Wagner Enterprises’ plan to develop the vacant corner east of the CVS store on Freemansburg Avenue will go back to township zoning officials, after a meeting on Wednesday ended after 2.5 hours.

The proposed Wawa with gas pumps, a Fidelity bank and two apartment buildings at a location known as Harvey’s Corner needs zoning code exemption.

On social networks, some people have welcomed another Wawa, especially in an area of ​​the township without gas stations. Others objected to adding traffic at the intersection of Freemansburg Avenue and Wagner Drive.

The hearing will resume September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Township Building, 4225 Easton Avenue. Discover the whole story.

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Berk O&C

FOR EXAMPLE SMITH: 1 Corporate Blvd., Sinking Spring

After nearly 100 years of supplying HVAC equipment and fuel, EG Smith Inc. has taken on a new name: Rhoads Energy.

Lancaster-based Rhoads Energy acquired EG Smith in 2009.

“Having all the businesses under one name makes a lot of sense,” said Ed Smith, former owner of EG Smith, which was founded in 1923.

Rhoads Energy said the change will consolidate a regional service team under one roof. Read more.

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GRANDVIEW SPEED: 43 Passmore Road, Washington Township

The track’s future is in doubt after its owner agreed to sell Grandview to Copart Inc., a company that started as an auto salvage yard and now runs online auctions for cars.

Nothing is official yet, although Copart plans to discuss the future of the track with township officials. The company sells more than 2 million vehicles per year. Copart trades on the NASDAQ market under the ticker symbol CPRT.

Buying Grandview Speedway may be a big deal, but Copart can handle it: the company’s market value at the current stock price is around $28 billion. Get more information.

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Poconos Charcoal O&C

THE ART OF ESCAPE: 61 S. Tulpehocken Street, Pine Grove

Schuylkill County’s only escape room held a grand opening on Monday. Teams can work to find clues and puzzles to escape a room in 60 minutes.

Escape rooms can be used for parties and as team building exercises. Rooms can accommodate up to eight people.

Art of Escape is family-friendly and suitable for all ages, according to the company’s website.

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ST. LUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK: 100 St. Luke’s Lane, Stroudsburg

The hospital chain is expanding its Monroe County campus, with the expansion expected to be completed in early 2024.

St. Luke’s only opened the campus in 2017, but was already planning for growth.

“Over time, we’ve found that the rate of growth just isn’t slowing down,” chief medical officer Dr. Douglas Degler said, and this may not be the latest campus expansion. Read more.

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Southeastern AP O&C

ENCOURAGE HEALTH: 2660 Audubon Drive, Township of Lower Providence

A 50-bed rehabilitation hospital that will provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services will be built, with no specific date.

Encompass Health, an Alabama-based company, will help people recover from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and orthopedic problems.

When it opens, the hospital will be Encompass Health’s 10th location in Pennsylvania. Read the full story.

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QUINZEQUATRESEPT CRITICAL SYSTEMS REALTY: Township of East Whiteland

A data center developer plans to construct two buildings of approximately 1 million square feet each in Chester County. 1547 Critical Systems Realty, known as 1547, said East Whiteland has approved the construction of two centers, and another five million square feet could be developed nearby.

1547, based in Matawan, New Jersey, worked with Green Fig Land Co. to acquire over 100 acres. The buildings will house computers and storage systems. Get more information.

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West NJ O&C

WARREN LANES: 671 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg

Pumps can replace trash cans at Warren Lanes. QuickChek has obtained permission to build on the site. The 24-hour store would have 16 gas pumps and two electric vehicle charging ports in addition to the convenience store.

The current owner of the tracks said its lease expires in 2023. QuickChek still needs approval from the NJ Department of Transportation before proceeding. Read the full story.

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