A Wooden Nickel Restaurant will be built in the eastern portion of the strip plaza where a Shop'n Save is being constructed in Norwin Towne Square.
Joe Spirer, a partner in Colony Norwin LLC of North Huntingdon -- the firm that owns most of the plaza -- said Jeff Ross, owner and operator of the new Shop'n Save, also will run the restaurant.
Mr. Ross is a franchisee of Shop'n Save stores in Olympia Shopping Center in Mc-Keesport and others in Mount Pleasant Borough and Connellsville. He also owns The Wooden Nickel Restaurant in Monroeville.
Mr. Spire said he expects construction of the 38,000-square-foot grocery to be finished by the end of the year and the store to open early in 2014.
Construction and opening of The Wooden Nickel is expected to occur concurrently with the Shop'n Save, he said.
Other changes have been occurring in the plaza in North Huntingdon.
China Garden restaurant moved into its new location in the former Parkvale Savings Bank on Malts Lane last week, Tom McGuire, North Huntingdon building inspector, said. The move will enable Colony to demolish the old China Garden, he said.
Demolition of the wing of stores behind the former Scozio's Shop'n Save in the plaza is the next phase in the reconfiguration of the square. The site of the former Shop'n Save, which has been torn down, will be used for parking.
Earlier, a former BP service station, a tire store and a small PNC bank branch in the middle of the plaza were torn down to make way for construction of a new Bob Massie Toyota dealership in the square.
Bob Shuster of RWS Development Inc. of North Huntingdon, the company building the new dealership, said he expects the building to be finished by the end of July. Representatives of Bob Massie Toyota did not immediately return calls about an expected opening date.
In addition, Sun Capsule Tanning Salon moved into the plaza's arcade, Sky Nails moved into what was part of the former Dollar General store and the UPMC rehab center moved into another portion of the former Dollar General store.
Dollar General moved into a new location across Route 30 from Norwin Towne Square, and Grande Pizza moved into the space formerly occupied by Java Trails Coffee Shop in the plaza.
"The arcade is completely filled with either existing or new tenants," Mr. Spirer said.
No new tenant has moved into the former Alexander's Athletic Club, he said.
In other changes, Z Beer moved into the former Isaly's storefront just west of the Pizza Hut takeout store, and all stores to the right of Z Beer were torn down, Mr. Spirer said.
The land where the stores were west of Z Beer is now part of the Bob Massie Toyota property.
Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.