After many new dates and times to open IHOP on 1661 S. Atherton St., officials have confirmed another new opening date.
Representative Craig Hoffman told the CDT last week the restaurant will open Wednesday with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.
We were still getting things approved and getting everything sorted out, Hoffman said about the delay.
He added that IHOP has to use a specific decor.
It was just typical construction delays, he said. The restaurants have a style that has to meet IHOP standards.
The restaurant will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 7 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, according to Hoffman. However there is a sign on the IHOP building that says open 24 hours.
I apologize for the inconsistent information the CDT has been given by IHOP.
Hoffman said the restaurant will employ about 120 people. The building has a capacity of 240 people.
Furniture store opens
Bill Klaban, the owner of Tubbies and Spa store, opened a home furnishings store on Benner Pike last month.
Klaban said with the new store, came a new name that he hopes will represent the store appropriately: Klabans Home Furnishings.
We sell upscale, American-made furniture, Klaban said.
The store, 2952 Benner Pike, Bellefonte, moved into a 40,000-square-foot facility that was formerly Wolf Furniture. Klaban said the space was vacant for more than seven years, and it took Klaban about a year to remodel after purchasing the facility in December 2012.
It became time for us to move into a bigger space that allows us to have a store with good visibility and a convenient location for our customers, Klaban said.
Klaban said customers come in from a 90-mile radius.
What people get is a personal experience with staff who is knowledgeable and good with design, Klaban said.
Klaban has been in the general furniture business for 40 years and has been a Centre County resident for 60 years.
The store is open Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and can be reached at 548-7972.
Gardners on the move
Last Sunday, Gardners Candies opened its new North Atherton Street location.
President Sam Phillips said while it had a soft opening on Sunday, there would be a ribbon cutting Jan. 27 and an official grand opening Feb. 1.
The store moved from Nittany Mall after the lease expired, Phillips said.
We were able to find a much bigger space about twice the size to allow us to have more variety in the store, Phillips said.
The space is about 3,000 square feet and is situated between Panera Bread and T.J.Maxx at 1613 N. Atherton St.
We did OK at the mall, but when that vacancy occurred, we had to jump on it, Phillips said.
The busiest time for the store is the five days leading up to Easter, with Christmas following. Between the two holidays, Phillips said it counts for about 80 percent of annual sales.
The store is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and can be reached at 800-242-2639.
Gap heads north
On Friday, Gap and Gap Kids closed in the Nittany Mall, according to a Gap Kids employee. The new store on North Atherton Street in the Trader Joes Plaza is expected to open by the end of the month.
An Old Navy and Mens Wearhouse are also moving into the same plaza. Al Pringle, of Keystone Real Estate, which is representing the property, said the stores should be opening in the next 50 days.
Spot for students
The Perk is a student hotspot that features free tanning, a coffee bar, Wi-Fi, a computer lab and more, for residents.
The Perk, 220 W. College Ave., is located next to Five Guys.
Britney Milazzo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-4648.