Several new businesses have opened in Hempfield recently, including two new stores at Westmoreland Shopping Centre, while a family restaurant has closed.
In all, three new stores opened last month: Dunkin’, located inside Walmart along Route 30, and Charlotte Russe and Lids at the Westmoreland Mall.
Lupi & Leo, located along West Drive, closed in late March.
“To our many loyal customers, we are truly sad to announce that we will be closing our doors for the last time on Saturday March 26th,” said a message on their website reads. “We appreciate everyone who has supported us over the years. Thank you from the heart.”
The restaurant owners could not be reached for comment.
Dunkin’ opened Monday at Walmart, located at 2200 Greengate Center Circle. The coffee and donut store was opened by franchisee Heartland Restaurant Group. The store will bring 30 new jobs.
“We are delighted to be able to open another Dunkin’ restaurant to better serve our customers,” said Anthony Braun, COO and CFO of Heartland Restaurant Group. “We hope this location brings convenience to our customers and keeps them running on Dunkin’ whether they’re fueling up to shop or stopping in throughout the day.”
Charlotte Russe and Lids reopened last month. The two storefronts previously occupied at the mall, according to the mall’s Facebook page.
The return of these stores comes as several businesses – including Charlotte Russe, Lids and Christopher & Banks, which reopened last year – appear to be making a comeback following the pandemic, which in 2020 led to the closure of more than 12,000 stores nationwide, according to CoStar Group, which tracks real estate data.
Charlotte Russe announced in March 2019 the closure of all of its stores, including five in the Pittsburgh area. That same month, the company was purchased by YM Inc., a Toronto-based clothing manufacturer. In April 2019, officials announced that 100 Charlotte Russe stores would reopen.
The clothing store reopened at Westmoreland Shopping Center on March 31. It is located on the second floor of the old Sears wing.
Similarly, Lids has been largely affected by the pandemic, which has seen 1,100 Lids stores in malls close, according to the New York Business Times.
The company has been working to reopen locations across the country while expanding into an international platform.
Lids reopened at Westmoreland Shopping Center in mid-March. The store is also located on the second floor of the former Sears wing.
These two stores join a slew of businesses that opened in the mall last year, including Neecs Sneaks, Rock Bottom Jewellery, SpectroDolce Confectionery, Western Edge Seafood and Joseph Jacob Jewelers.
In addition to opening businesses, township supervisors recently approved plans for Tommy’s Carwash.
The car wash will take the place of the old Aquajet Express, located at 6475 Route 30, near Jeannette. Proposed plans for the site suggest the existing 6,139 square foot building will be demolished to make way for a 4,553 square foot structure. The project is conditional on several approvals from the municipal authority, PennDOT and stormwater.
In the Westmoreland Mall area, the Menards project is still on hold, township officials said.
Menards, a Wisconsin-based chain, is set to occupy the former site of the demolished Ramada by Wyndham Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center. However, despite much of the preparatory work, construction was delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic and problems finding workers and materials, officials said.
“There is no update from Menards,” Patrick Karnash, the township’s director of planning and zoning, said last month. “They still haven’t started construction on any projects in the US at this point. All of their projects are on hold. They haven’t released drawings for construction plans. There’s no news on this. stadium.