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March 17. 2013 2:56AM

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DALLAS – Weis Markets has purchased the former Friendly's restaurant building along state Route 415 for $950,000, but what the Sunbury-based grocer plans to do with the property is unclear.

Dennis Curtin, a company spokesman, confirmed the purchase but said we don't have any plans to discuss at this point.

The 4,053-square-foot Friendly's building sits on a .56-acre lot that borders the Weis Markets parking lot for the chain's Dallas store. The former eatery is just south of the existing PNC Bank, which also abuts the Weis parking lot, which is situated between state Routes 415 and 309. Weis does not own the PNC bank building or lot, Curtin said.

Dallas Borough has no plans filed for any changes to the properties.

The Friendly's, which closed last January, was owned by Friendly Silverman Holdings of White Plains, N.Y. Efforts to find a listing for that company were unsuccessful. The Friendly's opened Jan. 1, 1986. Prior to being a Friendly's, the building housed an Elby's restaurant.

In unrelated Weis Markets news, the 63,000-square-foot West Hazleton store has been remodeled with all-new décor, larger produce, bakery and deli departments, an expanded pharmacy, increased variety in the store's grocery section and a 35-seat café where beer is sold for take-out and on-premise consumption.

Curtin said the total cost of that project was $3.7 million.

That project came on the heels of an even larger and more expensive one in Mountain Top, where Weis completed a $4.7 million expansion and upgrade to its store along state Route 309.

That 3,500-square-foot expansion included larger produce, deli, meat, dairy and seafood departments. A new facade, larger entrance and freshened interior décor were also part of the upgrades. In addition, the pharmacy, which was located at the opposite end of the shopping center, was consolidated into the expanded store. An eight-pump gas station was built in the parking lot.

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