Openings and Closings: Business happenings around region | Business News

From new homes being approved to restaurants reopened and operational, here’s your weekly breakdown of what’s happening with businesses in your neighborhood.







Lehigh Valley O&C

AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC.: 1940 Air Products Blvd., Upper Macungie Township

The global industrial gases company plans to invest half a billion dollars to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen in upstate New York. The plant in St. Lawrence County, near the U.S. border with Canada, is scheduled to start up in 2026 or 2027, the company said in a statement.

Air Products promotes the use of hydrogen as a substitute for fossil fuels in transportation and heavy industry. Continue reading.

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CHICK-FIL-A: 6379 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie Township

The existing restaurant has received approval for a 300 square meter extension. The fast-food chain plans to add a second drive-thru lane as part of a plan to reduce traffic congestion.

There will also be some changes to parking, lighting, and landscaping associated with the addition. Get the full story.

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MID PENN BANK: 3900 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Parish

The Harrisburg-based bank has opened its first full-service branch in the Lehigh Valley. The South Whitehall office is in the Shops at 3900 Hamilton Center, which is also where Bixler’s Jewellers, Barre3 Studio and Talbot’s are located.

Mid Penn Bank has retail locations in 16 counties of Pennsylvania. Get the details.

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POPEYES: 701 N. 19th St., Allentown

The Allentown Planning Commission has delayed a decision on a new fast-food joint on the site of the former Greek restaurant Nostos.

The commission raised questions about the layout of the building, truck traffic, and sightlines on the street. The planners asked the developer to review the comments and revise the proposal.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen serves New Orleans-style fried chicken. Continue reading.

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STAR CRETE/ MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING: 3311 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem Township

The former concrete plant at the intersection of Farmersville Road and Easton Avenue has sold for $1.58 million and that could make way for a medical office building.

A 45,048-square-foot two-story building was proposed for the land.

Bethlehem Township is reviewing the plan for the 12-acre site. Get the full story.

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SUPERSETS GYM: South Mall, Allentown

The local gym will open its third location in South Allentown, with no opening date set yet. SuperSets has leased 19,000 square feet on the South Mall.

The first SuperSet is located at 2450 Schoenersville Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County and a second is underway at 2429 Nazareth Road in Palmer Township.

Founded by Ed Frack, SuperSets’ goal is to help clients “get the body they deserve.” Get the details.

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VERSANT: 3452 Easton Ave., Bethlehem Parish

The jewelry boutique will close later this year, but the store will be consolidated at Gary Werkheiser’s other location in Saucon Valley Square. He remains active in the jewelry business of Werkheiser, but after decades of working with precious metals and gemstones he is planning partial retirement.

No final closing date has been set for Versant, which is conducting a sell-off. The shop is in an 18th-century farmhouse. The building is also for sale. Continue reading.

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Berk's O&C

DSW: 1101 Woodland Road, Wyomissing

DSW Woodmill Commons has relocated to Berkshire West, 1101 Woodland Road in Wyomissing. DSW stands for Designer Shoe Warehouse and sells men’s, women’s and children’s shoes and accessories.

DSW operates more than 500 stores across the US and is part of Designer Brands, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DBI.

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EXTREME BOXING CLUB READ: Berkshire Mall, Wyomissing

Coach Michael Melendez has opened his new club at the Berkshire Mall where PacSun used to operate. Melendez said his goal is to teach kids discipline through boxing.

“I believe boxing saved my life and I want others to do the same,” Melendez said. Boxing can get kids off the streets and boost their confidence, he said. Continue reading.

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Pocono's Coal O&C

FRACKVILLE NAPA AUTO PARTS: 208 S. Green St., Frackville

The auto parts store celebrated a grand opening along with the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and the Frackville Business & Professional Association.

During the celebration, the store raised food and cash for the Frackville Food Pantry.

NAPA stands for the National Automotive Parts Association, which was founded in 1925. Today there are more than 6,000 NAPA stores in the United States

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FYZICAL THERAPY & BALANCE CENTER: 1544 Route 61 South, Cressona Mall, North Manheim Township

The new physical therapy center was opened in partnership with the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and the Pottsville Business Association.

Founded in 2012, Fyzical has more than 470 centers in 45 states.

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Southeast PA O&C

PDC MACHINES: 1875 Stout Drive, Warminster

The hydrogen compressor maker showed off a new plant in Lower Salford this week. PDC’s equipment is used in hydrogen refueling stations to refuel cars, trucks, vans, forklifts and more.

Mateen Afzal, president of the family business, said the new facility will add an additional 150,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Get the full story.

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Western NJ O&C

SELF STORAGE AMWELL VALLEY: 470 NJ Route 31, Ringoes

The 265 unit storage business was acquired by Maya Capital Partners. The New York City-based real estate investment firm will operate the Hunterdon County location and other recently acquired properties under the Drive-Up Storage brand.

“We believe that during times of volatility and distress, self-storage is uniquely positioned to excel,” said Samir Mistry, co-founder of Maya Capital Partners, in a statement.

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NORWAY CAP: 350 Marshall St., Phillipsburg

The nonprofit group buys the former Sullivan’s on the Main restaurant in Phillipsburg. Norwescap will refurbish the building and then use it for programs to educate and feed the people.

Norwescap was established in 1965 to serve low income people in the counties of Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex. The focus is on early childhood education, vocational training and a blackboard. Get the details.

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