The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 16, 2008

Retailers plan plaza openings

A flurry of retail activity recently in the Johnstown region will bring a number of changes in Richland Township.

Bel Air Plaza is poised to rebound during the next few months from a tough 2007 that witnessed the departure of three longtime tenants.

Altmeyer Home Stores and Harbor Freight Tools have confirmed they are planning store openings during the spring.

A spokesman for Harbor Freight, a California-based retailer of hand and power tools, confirmed the chain has a tentative opening date set for April. But he also said he could not provide any details because the deal isn’t final.

The new Altmeyer’s, which is expected to open during the next two months, would mark a return to the market for the chain based in Delmont, Westmoreland County. The company closed its store in the former Richland Mall during the 1990s.

The stores feature what President Rod Altmeyer referred to as “soft home furnishings.” Its major lines include products for the bed, bath, kitchen and windows, all sold, he said, at discount prices.

“We had a successful operation, and we know the people in Johnstown like our merchandise and especially our prices,” said Altmeyer, whose chain will grow to 12 locations with the Johnstown opening.

“We try to let people know there is a lot of good merchandise out there, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.”

Four new businesses either have opened or will open at University Park Plaza. The Corral restaurant and lounge – formerly Penn National – now is serving customers while Cozumel Mexican Restaurant, Dunkin’ Donuts and Fox’s Pizza all are under construction.

Also, according to a recent advertisement placed in The Tribune-Democrat by Zamias Services Inc., Team Kia soon will be moving down the street from 1605 Scalp Ave., Richland Township, to the Richland Plaza.

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