Rick Shrum

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Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a business reporter in 2012. Prior to that, he was a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he won a Golden Quill and three other writing awards. He has worked for daily newspapers for 30-plus years, splitting time between news and sports operations. A lifelong Pittsburgher, he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Chartiers Township Microtel construction ahead of schedule

Chartiers Township Microtel construction ahead of schedule

May 12, 2013

The Microtel hotel being built – assembled? – in Chartiers Township may be completed sooner than anticipated.

“I’m not a ‘count your chickens’ type of person, but it may open in August,” said Tejas Gosai, one of four partners of the 80-room, extended-stay Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham facility.

Gosai originally estimated a late 2013 opening.

The hotel is under construction near a BP gasoline station off Racetrack Road, just west of the Interstate 79 overpass. It will be on 2 1/2 acres of a 4-acre tract near the I-79 exit ramp.

This Microtel will consist of a number of modular structures, built in Michigan and transported here, that will be put together to form the hotel. The rooms will be simple and offer few amenities to keep down the price.

“It’s like Legos being stacked up,” said Gosai, who is partners with his father, Kam, Perry Monpara and Sujay Patel.

The Gosais also are building a Studio 6 motel off the Houston/Route 519 exit of I-79 – near another BP station and the headquarters building of Nello Construction.

Those two I-79 facilities will double Tejas Gosai’s hotel interests. He also is the owner/manager of the Best Western Garden Inn and Holiday Inn Express in Bentleyville.

Tanger job fair

You can shop for almost anything at Tanger Outlets – including a job.

Tanger will have its semiannual job fair from noon to 7 p.m. May 23. Several stores will set up tables outside their doors to recruit for management positions and full-time, part-time or seasonal sales associate jobs.

Candidates can speak with recruiting managers and submit applications, and could be selected for interviews on the spot at the South Strabane Township shopping complex.

“We host this job fair twice a year to get ready for our busiest seasons: summer and holidays,” Jodi Dague, Tanger general manager, said in a statement. “It’s great to be able to offer employment with such amazing, well-known companies right in Washington County.”

Business Notebook

Children’s Community Pediatrics will debut its CCP-South Fayette office June 1 in Bursca Business Park. It will be at 3117 Washington Pike, Suite 300, and feature four to six exam rooms, and four physicians and a nurse practitioner rotating from other CCP sites.

That, however, will not be CCP’s permanent home. It will move to the Children’s South facility that is being built on Hickory Grade Road in the township and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Children’s South, which broke ground last week on the new site, is relocating from Bethel Park.

Children’s South, like CCP, is affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

• The financial planning and investment firm Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., which has had a longtime presence in Pittsburgh, is opening an office in Southpointe in Cecil Township on Monday. The 7,500-square-foot office is at 121 Champion Way in the mixed-use business park. Alfred Vallano, senior vice president and branch manager, will direct operations there.

Eyetique opened three optical shops on May 1, including one at 3001 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Peters Township. The others are in Cranberry and downtown Pittsburgh. Eyetique acquired the three facilities from Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association and will serve Everett & Hurite customers as well as new clients and walk-ins.

Christopher J. Marrone, MPT,ATC, LAT, has been named a partner at RobinsonPhysical Therapy and Healther Center He is director of physical therapy at Robinson, which is headquartered in McKees Rocks and serves patients, physicians and communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Handyman Matters, Monongahela, a home repair/remodeling franchise owned by Randy and Sandra McMahon, has again received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2012, the seventh consecutive year the business has received the honor. The award is given to businesses that exemplify superior customer service. The franchise provides remodeling and handyman services to the South Hills, Washington and surrounding communities, the Mon Valley, White Oak/McKeesport and Uniontown.

Rick Shrum is business reporter for the Observer- Reporter



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