Business news of local interest

Friday’s restaurant closes

The TGI Friday’s restaurant at 2900 Plank Road closed its doors at 8 p.m. Monday.

“The franchise-owned TGI Fridays restaurant in Altoona formally closed solely due to business reasons. In total, the restaurant had more than 20 active employees. This was a decision that was not made lightly, as we understand the impact it has on its team members, as well as our guests who have enjoyed dining with us,” said TGI Fridays spokesman Brian Conway in a statement.

TGI Fridays opened in Altoona on Oct. 10, 1994.

Conway said the nearest TGI Fridays restaurant is in State College.


Nursing program recognized

The No. 1 ranked nursing program in Pennsylvania by has achieved another milestone.

Saint Francis University’s Nursing Program received notice from the Pennsyl­vania State Board of Nursing that its 2018 National Council Licensure Examination pass rate was 100 percent.

This news makes Saint Francis Nursing the only nursing program in the state to have a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the past five consecutive years.

Food safety program set

Penn State Extension will be offering a ServSafe Food Safety Certification Training course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and from 9 a.m. to noon with the certification exam at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, 1309 11th Ave., Altoona.

Cost for the two-day certification course is $185.

Elaine Smith, extension educator for Penn State Extension, will be the instructor.

For more information, call the Blair County Extension Office at 940-5989. Regi­stration deadline is Nov. 19; seating is limited. Register online at or call registration support at 877-345-0691.

HRMA to scheduled to meet

Human Resource Management Associ­ation of Blair County’s November educational meeting will be held from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at Park Hills Country Club.

Attorney Patrick Fanelli will present “Dealing with Employee Performance Issues, Discipline and Documentation.”

This session will provide insight for dealing with employee discipline, performance issues, termination and preparing complete and effective documentation for workplace issues.

The event is free to HRMABC members, $30 for nonmembers. Breakfast is included.

Register at

New music format introduced

“JACK-FM” is now broadcasting in the Altoona/Ebensburg radio markets.

Lightner Communications LLC launched the new format on Thursday on WYUP 107.1 FM and 1400 AM.

“107.1 JACK-FM is fun, surprising, happy and energetic,” said owner Matt Lightner in a statement. “It’s not repetitive, predictable or boring. The music mix does not fall into a traditional radio industry format. It’s a creative format approach known as ‘Adult Variety.'”

107.1 JACK-FM includes an ever-changing playlist.

JACK-FM is on-air in 61-plus U.S. markets, and Time Magazine called it “The most successful branded music format to be launched in 25 years.” Jack FM’s trademark phrase is “Playing What We Want,” Lightner said.

Lightner is also the owner of WTRN-AM, Tyrone, which he purchased a little over a year ago.

“I plan to put the same investments into our 107.1 JACK-FM station as we did for WTRN, making it a top station in our market,” Lightner said.