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Bits of Business: College Township Sam’s Club to build fuel station

A fuel station at Sam’s Club in College Township will open soon.

Store general manager Rich Fickes confirmed that a standard Sam’s Club 12-pump fuel station was being built for Sam’s Club members.

The target date for the fuel station’s opening is by the end of April, but Fickes said that could change.

“The fuel stations are a benefit nationwide to Sam’s Club members,” Fickes said. “It’s a measure we took to have the same offerings that you’d see anywhere else at any other Sam’s Club.”

The construction is part of a larger project Sam’s Club began about a year ago, with renovations to the store followed by a grand re-opening Sept. 5.

The club never actually closed during the six-month remodel but, Fickes said, the store got a complete facelift.

“It’s sort of like an entire new building,” Fickes said. “We basically expanded some of our more popular areas of the store, scaled back a few others and gave customers a few more options when they walk in the doors. The whole idea for the remodel was to give customers what we feel they wanted.”

The store added a pharmacy with a hearing aid center and a rotisserie department, and it expanded the fresh meat, deli and frozen food sections. A cafe also has been added and there’s now a self-checkout option at registers.

Ribbon cutting held for Fulton Bank

Fulton Bank held a ribbon cutting Jan. 23 to celebrate the recent opening of the new Fulton Building in the Fulton Center, 2009 N. Atherton St. in State College.

The building, which is next to the bank branch office, has about 11,000 square feet of space on three floors and houses the bank’s administrative services team, which includes the commercial banking team.

Jersey Mike’s Subs occupies the lower level, and space is available for lease in the building, which opened in December.

The additional square footage that is for lease is approximately 3,200 square feet with the possibility of additional storage space, a professional office or retail.

The existing nearby Fulton Bank branch, which opened in 2008, will continue to serve customers.

Loving Care Agency sold

A State College pediatric home-health services branch was part of a national acquisition last week.

Epic Health Services, a Dallas-based pediatric nursing and therapy provider, bought New Jersey-based Loving Care Agency, which has a branch in State College.

The transaction took place Jan. 12.

Loving Care Agency provides services by clinicians, nurses, home-care aides and therapists to medically fragile children and adults in their homes.

The number of patients Epic provides services to grew from about 6,000 to 7,500 nationwide as a result of the sale.

The sale will be completed in February, and Loving Care Agency’s adult division will be spun off into a separate operating entity from Epic Health Care Services.