WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — While many communities are dealing with business closures during this pandemic, one is the scene of construction.
Wilkes-Barre Township is in the midst of several businesses being built. Construction on a new Dollar Tree is well underway at Commerce Commons slated to open in the fall. Work on a new Burger King is making also progress, along Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, at the former Country Ski & Sport business site.
The pandemic stalled and appeared to dash any hope of a new plans for a new Panera Bread one replacing the old one destroyed two years ago by a tornado. But site work started just last week for a new one.
“People like it. You know, people that I run into asked me if it was coming back and so I’m sure a lot of people will be happy to see it come back,” Tom Zedolik, Code Enforcement & Zoning Officer in Wilkes-Barre Township said.
Meanwhile, McDonald’s plans to permanently close 200 of its U.S. restaurants this year, but a new one will be built to replace the old one on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.
“It’s great. We need more stores. We definitely need more stores in the area. It’s tough under the circumstances,” Leah Popek, a Schickshinny resident said.
And if that wasn’t enough, two more hotels are being built near Mohegan Sun Arena. The business boom is good news for tourists and shoppers.
“I love shopping. I went shopping today and I could go shopping every single day if I wanted to,” Cadence Popek from Shickshinny said.
It’s also very good news for people who called the township home.
“It keeps our taxes low as a residence,” Zedolik said. “You know, the more business we have so then they have money to provide services.”
Revenues are so good in Wilkes-Barre Township that its residents do not have to pay a garbage fee.