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Sheetz celebrates grand opening of newest location

Happy Valley’s newest Sheetz location has opened — beer cave and all.

Sheetz executives celebrated the grand opening Thursday at the new State College store located at 223 Colonnade Blvd.

The 6,000-square-foot store has 10 gas pumps, two outdoor seating areas and the other usual amenities — touch-screen ordering systems for food, an ATM and indoor restaurant seating.

The latest opening puts three Sheetz stores within 2 miles of each other. The two others are located off North Atherton Street and Valley Vista Drive. The store will employ about 30 to 35 people.

For a limited time, customers were treated to free self-serve coffee and soda at the new location. The grand opening also featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Prizes were awarded from 10 a.m. to noon, which led up to a $1,000 Sheetz gift card giveaway.

Sheetz also donated $2,500 to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania as part of the grand opening.

Monte Carlo relocates restaurant

If you can’t find Monte Carlo Pizza and Wings, it’s because it has moved on after 12 years at the restaurant’s original location.

The eatery and property owners at 709 Bellaire Ave., did not renew a lease due to a proposed development on the land, prompting Monte Carlo to relocate to 906 W. College Ave. Developers Neil Herlocher and David Paterno plan to demolish the restaurant’s former location, a laundromat and University Drive Car Wash to build a four-story apartment building.

Monte Carlo manager Mohamed Baccouche said the restaurant recently reopened after being closed for more than two months.

“So far, so good,” Baccouche said. “We can’t complain. We getting things going, and we have a lot of people still coming from University Terrace calling for delivery or coming here to check out the new place. It’s all exciting.”

Monte Carlo has taken the place of Aardvark Kafe, which closed in May 2016. The space seats about 30 people.

OrderUp put out an email blast Tuesday to inform customers about the move, which was supposed to be an expansion.

“We were about to open a second location over here before the news about the lease,” Baccouche said. “After that lease wasn’t going to be renewed, the safest move was moving the whole business over here.”

Family Clothesline expanding

You can never have enough space in downtown State College.

Family Clothesline will get some breathing room, possibly by mid-September.

The retailer agreed to a lease of about 1,900 square feet of space vacated in May by Dwellings. The decision to increase Family Clothesline’s footprint was easy when the space became available.

“Retail space is at premium in downtown State College, and spots don’t become available often,” Family Clothesline apparel buyer Caroline Gummo said. “The opportunity was a no-brainer, because we needed the additional space.”

Family Clothesline opened in 1985 as a mom-and-pop shop in the basement of its existing space and first expanded 13 years ago. The latest expansion will allow the retailer to triple its Nike apparel footprint.

“It will be a high-end Nike shop that is going to wow our Penn State customers,” Gummo said. “Nike is a huge component of our sales, and it will look really amazing once we open it up.”

Comcast increases speed possibilities

Comcast announced Wednesday the launch of a new internet service in the State College area that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second to residential customers.

The company also provides its 1 gigabit service in the Lancaster and Harrisburg areas.

The company’s new service will use DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver the speeds over the existing communications lines that are “already in most people’s homes,” according to a release.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli