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Bits of business | McAlister’s Deli coming to Penn State campus

McAlister’s Deli signed an agreement with Penn State to open a location in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus.

This is the restaurant’s first location in Pennsylvania. Representatives did not say when the deli would open.

“As we continue to develop McAlister’s Deli nationwide, opening in non-traditional locations like colleges and universities is an important part of our growth strategy. Penn State has one of the largest self-operated food service programs of any college or university in the U.S. and we are excited to be working with the university to bring McAlister’s to State College,” said McAlister’s President and CEO Frank Paci in a prepared statement. “We look forward to introducing our great food and genuine hospitality to the thousands of Penn State students, faculty and Nittany Lion fans that visit the University Park campus every year.”

Founded in 1989, McAlister’s offers dine-in, take-out and catering service, and has more than 320 restaurants in 24 states.

The company has corporate offices in Alpharetta, Ga., and Ridgeland, Miss.

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New workout facility could open this summer

Clint Frazier hopes his newest business will be open to the public by August.

Frazier, the owner of Anytime Fitness, bought property at 2351 Commercial Blvd. in College Township. The facility will be housed in a 5,600-square-foot facility, and will offer a full range of equipment for cardio and strength training, and will hold group classes and personal training, Frazier said.

Anytime Fitness is national fitness chain with 2,500 locations globally and 2,000 location around the country.

Frazier will employee about five people, he said.

“I want it to be a place where our members aren’t a number,” he said. “We stress a family atmosphere and focus on fitness of any level.”

Frazier is a lifelong resident of Bellefonte and has been in the food service industry for 15 years.

“We’ve been in the food concession business, but we also understand the importance of being active and the benefit in leading an active lifestyle,” Frazier said. “I want to convey that to the public and be on the other side of what we usually do.”

Foxdale Village earns five-star ranking

Foxdale Village was recognized in U.S. News and World Report among the best nursing homes of 2014.

At the top of the Pennsylvania nursing homes list are those with a rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care. About 25 percent of all nursing homes in Pennsylvania earned an overall five-star rating, according to a report from Foxdale Village.

Currently, Foxdale Village is the only five star nursing facility in Centre County, the report said.

Foxdale has 46 skilled nursing beds in Anthony House for short and long-term care including rehab, as well as two dementia care neighborhoods.

A report from Foxdale Village said it is designed to meet the needs of those who require around-the-clock assistance.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition,” said Joy Bodnar, director of health care services. “We commend our entire team of nursing, dining, social service, therapeutic recreation and environmental services staff in contributing to our reputation for quality health care.”

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