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Restaurants close for AutoZone development

Long John Silver’s on East College Avenue has closed. AutoZone is expected to rebuild on the location this year.
Long John Silver’s on East College Avenue has closed. AutoZone is expected to rebuild on the location this year. adrey@centredaily.com

A&W/Long John Silver’s closed at 2605 E. College Ave.

An AutoZone will take its place. The retail auto parts store plans to open by December, though AutoZone spokeswoman Tracy Houston said that the scheduled date could change.

It is unknown if A&W/Long John Silver’s will relocate.

AutoZone plans to tear down the existing 2,722-square-foot building and rebuild one that is 7,382 square feet. The retailer would also foot the bill for 29 parking spaces, landscaping, lot lighting and a new concrete sidewalk along the southeastern side of the development.

Houston said AutoZone will employ about 10 people.

The AutoZone would be located next to A&A Auto Stores, a regional company with 18 shops in Pennsylvania. A&A Auto Stores did not respond to requests for comment.

Launched

Penn State President Eric Barron hosted a ribbon-cutting Thursday at Happy Valley LaunchBox.

Happy Valley Launchbox is located at 224 S. Allen St. in downtown State College.

The university’s new no-cost business pre-accelerator program is an Invent Penn State initiative, one that drew 40 applicants for its first cohort. Five startups were picked and have begun to work in the space.

The teams will complete 10 weeks of business startup training, have access to no-cost legal and marketing consulting and have free co-working space that’s available to their teams 24 hours a day for up to nine months. Applications recently opened for a summer cohort.

The program can facilitate up to 30 startups per year.

Linked for life

Centre LifeLink EMS was selected as the 2016 Seven Mountains EMS Council Distinguished Agency.

The ambulance service’s personnel accepted the award in Danville at the 2016 EMS Council.

Centre LifeLink responded to more than 6,000 calls and logged more than 14,000 volunteer hours in 2015. It has also responded to natural disasters in recent years, including in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Louisiana.

Ace? Here

Ace Answering Service attended the 2016 Startel National Users Group conference in San Diego.

Companies at the conference exchange ideas and best practices in the telephone answering service industry.

Ace’s Lucas Hakes, Kristal Fye and Kayla Krishak attended seminars ranging from employee training to HIPAA compliance practices.

“The conference allows us to measure our metrics in many areas, and helps us to ensure we are implementing the best tools for our customers,” Fye said.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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