New Fresh Market opens
The Fresh Market opened its long-anticipated store in Mt. Lebanon, where grocery shoppers can expect to be greeted by the daily aroma of baking bread and pies, as well as fresh brewed coffee to sample. The 19,000-square-foot store on Washington Road will offer a product line of about 40 percent organic foods, and -- unless the store is having a very busy day -- shoppers with several bags can expect to be offered help getting the goods to the car.
Whole Foods to expand
Construction on an expansion of the Whole Foods Market in East Liberty could start as early as the first of the year. The grocery store, which opened in 2002, may add 11,600 square feet to the existing 32,000-square-foot space, according to a developer working with the grocery chain on the project. Another, perhaps even more crucial, part of the expansion calls for increasing the store's parking lot by a third.
Pittsburgh Playhouse on move
Point Park University filed an application for permission to demolish three buildings on Forbes Avenue -- including the former Honus Wagner sporting goods store -- so it can relocate the Pittsburgh Playhouse from Oakland to Downtown. The demolition is estimated to cost $700,000 and construction is expected to start in 2014 once design work is finished this year. The relocation, officials said, has the potential to bring another 300 students to Downtown.
Four-day weekend a hit
Workers who took Friday off and enjoyed a four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend were among many across the country who pounced on the perfect opportunity to take a long break, according to Post-Gazette business reporter Michelle Hackman. Following the midweek holiday, many businesses shut down Friday or maintained a skeleton crew on the assumption that a good number of their clients were taking the day off, too.
Pay cut for Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is feeling some of the salary downsizing pain that so many others in the country are facing, but maybe not to the same extent. The 71-year-old lifestyle diva and chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. agreed to take a pay cut of 10 percent to stem the losses her company is facing. She will still pull in $3.5 million this year, although she may have to give up reimbursement for chauffeur, Internet and home-security services.
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