Business news of local interest

Popeye’s under construction

Site work is underway for a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurant on East Plank Road next to Wendy’s.

The restaurant is expected to open in early August, said a spokesman for Lawruk Builders Inc., which is doing the site work.


JARI sets Lunch n Learn

The Next JARI Lunch n Learn will be held at noon Thursday at JARI Center,

160 Jari Drive.

Jonna Contacos-Sawyer of HR Consultants Inc., will share the definition and necessity of preparing a strategic plan.

The cost to register is $5 per person, and lunch will be provided. To register, visit and click on the calendar to access the registration form or contact Lauren Brewer at


Local company receives grant

A local company is among the 17 selected to receive grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection for alternative fuel projects that will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania.

A&M Transit Co. of Claysburg will receive $19,982 for the conversion of six 72-passenger diesel school buses to propane.

Nearly $2 million in grants were awarded across the two categories. The awards for vehicles will save about 650 thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually.

Foley to speak at chamber event

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. May 11 at The Casino at Lakemont Park.

Thomas Foley, president of Mount Aloysius College, will present “Workforce Development & Higher Education: The Common Ground.”

The cost to attend is $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers and includes a full breakfast buffet.

For more information or to make reservations, visit the chamber online at or call 943-8151.


Dentist takes over practice

Dr. Maria “Mimi” Lopez, has taken over the dental practice at 1633 N. Juniata St. operated by Drs. David Montrella and Adolph Klingner, who have retired after 44 years in business.

The office is now called Hollidaysburg Family Dental PC.

Lopez received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, an associate degree in dental hygiene from Allegheny College of Maryland as well as an expanded function dental assistant degree from Median School of Allied Health.