Christopher S Pecora

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Cloudy, brisk. High around 30. (Details on page A) project Facility to replace old store " PRESS Sgt. the ByPAULKRUPSKI Standard-Speaker Standard-Speaker Standard-Speaker Staff Writer Initial plans to construct a "prototype" Weis Market costing in excess of $10 million within an 85 xh -acre -acre subdivision site on Susquehanna Boulevard (Route 93) between Valmont Shopping Plaza and Transfiguration Cemetery Cemetery were warmly received by West Hazleton officials Thursday night. Harold Graber, director of real estate for Weis Markets Inc., of Sunbury, said the firm plans to close its store in downtown Hazleton and transfer its work force into the new 64,800-square-foot 64,800-square-foot 64,800-square-foot 64,800-square-foot 64,800-square-foot location. Graber said he has "a development development gun to my head from Weis" to have the store opened in the "fourth quarter of 1996." "We are undersized at our present location and have outgrown our store in downtown Hazleton," he stated. "This site is costly to purchase and site-develop, site-develop, site-develop, making it prudent to look for a co-anchor." co-anchor." co-anchor." Garber said, "We are a month away from identifying the co-anchor," co-anchor," co-anchor," but he indicated it would be a home improvement business such as Home Depot or Lowe's. Garber said the West Hazleton store will be "larger than ones planned for Harrisburg and State College. This will be the largest prototype store in our fleet. It will be a pretty unique supermarket with embellishments Hazleton hasn't seen yet." When later reminded from the audience that he should remember to use "West" in front of Hazleton, Graber said he would. "We were offered several properties properties out by Wal-Mart," Wal-Mart," Wal-Mart," he said. "We don't want to alienate Hazleton shoppers. This was the closest location to our existing store." He also said Weis will employ 50 to 60 new workers and that 200 or more people should work in the new store. 'This represents a sizeable investment investment and benefit to West Hazleton Borough. Within the plan, we have adhered to all ordinances ordinances of the borough." He also said the majority of the construction funds "would be spent on local subcontractors." The proposed subdivision is owned by Candid Estates Inc., operated by the Pecora family. Michael Pecora is president of the firm. His son, Christopher S. Pecora, a professional engineer, is a land and water resources project manager for Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc., Harrisburg, which developed the site concept plans. Chris Pecora said, "We tried in the concept plan to be sensitive to (non-commercial) (non-commercial) (non-commercial) areas which abut the property" and, while

Clipped from Standard-Speaker22 Dec 1995, FriPage 1

Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania)22 Dec 1995, FriPage 1
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