Retail and catering: changes are taking place in the region | Business


Changes are happening locally in the retail and restaurant sectors.

A Bath & Body Works store will open in the Strabane Square shopping centre, according to a sign in the window of a store where Dollar Tree previously operated. This space is being renovated, with a likely summer launch.

Pittsburgh-based Echo Realty, which handles rentals at the South Strabane Township location, could not be reached for comment.

Bath & Body Works also has stores in Washington Crown Center, Tanger Outlets Pittsburgh (South Strabane) and South Hills Village.

Changes have also taken place at a Southpointe dining destination. A Mexican restaurant is still located at 325 Southpointe Blvd. – but it’s a new company with a new tenant and a new name.

Los Bajitos Mexican Restaurant & Grill, which sits at the intersection with Technology Drive, is part of a four-unit multi-tenant retail building owned by Landmark Ltd. Partnership.

This mall unit previously housed Los Chiludos Fresh Mexican Grill, which had been a mixed-use park staple since 2010. In early March, however, owners Tera and Jose Lemus announced on Facebook that they were moving Los Chiludos to Anna. Maria Island, Florida. The couple plan to open the Holmes Beach location in June.

“We will be about (half) the size of our Southpointe location and (will) be more of a quick-service restaurant than a full-service restaurant,” Tera said in an email message. She added that they had sold their previous location “and some of the proceeds.”

Orlando Crusdirector of Los Bajitos, said the renowned Cecil Township restaurant opened on April 11. A number of former Los Chiludos employees are on staff.

“Everything went well,” said Crus, who was an employee of Los Chiludos.

Los Bajitos is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Two stores recently opened in South Hills Village and five more will be launched in the coming months, according to a press release on Monday.

LA7, a 7,429-square-foot womenswear brand, now operates on the lower tier near Target; and Lovisaa jewelry store, opened on the upper level near Pandora.

Lovebag is something old that will become something new. It’s a furniture retailer undergoing a complete remodel before reopening in the fall as an interactive store. A temporary location will be open during the upgrade, across the hall on the lower level near Macy’s.

The village, which is mostly in Bethel Park with a small portion in Upper St. Clair, will also host:

  • a soon-to-open specialty sports store on the lower level near Target;
  • a women’s fashion brand (5,877 square foot storefront);
  • a men’s clothing store that will launch its second Pittsburgh-area location this fall (2,967 square feet);
  • which is expected to arrive this summer (2,104 square feet).

Empty room

The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new Executive Director following the departure of Dorothea Pemberton. His last day was Thursday.

The chamber board said on its Facebook page on Monday: ‘We thank Dorothea for her years of service to the chamber and wish her well.

For many years, Pemberton’s husband Les had fun serving as Santa Claus in Monongahela during the holiday season.

First Commonwealth

For the fourth consecutive year, global media company Forbes has named First Commonwealth Bank one of the world’s best banks for 2022.

The Indiana, Pennsylvania-based institution is one of 75 U.S. banks — and 435 banks from 27 countries — to be so designated.

Mike PriceCEO of First Commonwealth Financial Corp., said in a prepared statement, “We continue to be honored by recognition from Forbes…This award is an excellent follow-up to our achievement last year as #1 ( Small Business Administration) lender in Pittsburgh and one of the top SBA lenders in Ohio.

Forbes, in conjunction with analytics firm Statista, has selected the world’s best banks for 2022 based on an independent survey of more than 45,000 global banking customers.


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