Park Place retail shops open

November 4, 2013
Debbie Sandoval of Washington fills the tank Monday at the newly opened BFS superstore at Park Place in South Strabane Township. - Rick Shrum / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Park Place at the Meadowlands is up and going – at least partially.

The BFS Foods superstore has opened at the front of the mixed-use project off Route 19 northbound, near Racetrack Road. It is a 7,500-square-foot facility that features a BFS convenience store, Sunoco gas pumps, and three BFS franchisees located inside: Tim Hortons restaurant, Little Caesars Pizza and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.

All began operations at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Those businesses are the first to open in the 44-acre project in South and North Strabane townships. Most of Park Place will be in North Strabane, but the BFS building is in South Strabane.

It is part of Phase I, which will include business offices, including investment firm Waddell & Reed, and Tender Care Learning Center. David Biafora of Metro Property Management, the project developer, said last week that that phase should be completed “around the first of the year.”

Chett Crouser, manager of the first BFS store in Washington County, said Monday the opening was targeted for Oct. 18, but delayed because of a water line issue. He said everything is operational with the four businesses inside except for the lottery and ATM machines that will be installed this week.

BFS and the pumps will be open 24 hours daily. The other store hours are: Dairy Queen, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Little Caeasars 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; and Tim Hortons 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Tim Hortons, an Ontario-based firm acclaimed for its coffee and doughnuts, will have its java and other beverages available 24/7 inside BFS. On its website,, the company describes its facilitiies as “fast casual” restaurants. This is the first Tim Hortons in Southwestern Pennsylvania; the nearest one previously is in Wheeling, W.Va.

A lot of work is ahead at Park Place, which is expected to cost $25 million to $30 million. North Strabane has approved permits for a 200-unit townhouse complex/fitness center.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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