Business news of local interest

DABC sets tour

Downtown Altoona Business Community will host a tour of the former Dunmire Printing Building, 820 12th St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 5.

Judy Coutts, architect and developer with A Better Address LLC, will lead three tours of this mixed-use, commercial and residential project. Tours will leave at 6:10, 6:40 and 7:10 p.m.

Attendees will see the changes made to the 125-year-old structure to accommodate two upper floors of upscale apartments and the first-floor commercial space.

Tours will begin and end on the ground floor, where attendees can enjoy complimentary food and drink provided by 1211 Brisket and get a sneak peek of Escape Altoona Co., Altoona’s newest escape room created by Rob and Amanda Eberhart and scheduled to open in June.

You do not have to be a member of the Downtown Altoona Business Community to attend, but call DABC President Suzanne Border at 931-5487 to reserve a tour time because groups are limited to 12 people.

Dollar Tree to add third store

Dollar Tree will open its third Altoona location in the former Kopp Drug Store building at 700 Valley View Blvd.

PAC Realty has signed a long-term lease for Dollar Tree to occupy the 9,600-square-foot building, said Bob Varner, vice president of real estate and brokerage of Pennswood Commercial Realty LLC, Altoona, who brokered the deal.

The building had been vacant since 2014, when Rite Aid Corp. purchased the assets of nine Kopp pharmacies.

Dollar Tree is expected to open during the third quarter of this year, Varner said.

Dollar Tree also has locations in the Holliday Towne Center Plaza in Duncansville and the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center.

Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Co., now operates more than 14,800 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces.


JARI sets Lunch n Learn

JARI will present its Lunch n Learn program from noon to 1:15 p.m. June 7 at JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive.

John Moore, founder of Moore Power Sales, will present “Sales Strategies.” Attendees will understand a systematic process to qualifying or disqualifying right and wrong opportunities.

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