Berks Biz

Nov 18, 2014

Bottom Dollar files layoff notices

A total of 2,200 layoffs are expected with the closing of 66 Bottom Dollar Food stores next year, about 1,600 of which will be in Pennsylvania.

Nov 14, 2014

Berks and Lancaster transit-system merger effective Jan. 1

For months, Berks Area Regional Transit Authority has been considering a merger with Red Rose Transit Authority in Lancaster County.

Nov 13, 2014

Reward increased to $85,000 in Reading fire

Wednesday afternoon at the site of the Reading Outlets Center fire on Eighth and Oley streets, the reward for the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s) was raised to a potential $85,000.

Nov 12, 2014

Fire marshal and feds to give update today on Reading Outlets fire

This afternoon, the Reading Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives will address the city with the latest on the Oct. 18 arson that destroyed the Reading Outlets Center.

Nov 10, 2014

Boscov gets OK to redevelop Reading’s Penn Square

In a 5-2 vote by Reading City Council, the next redevelopment proposal by retail giant Al Boscov will move forward – and one Boscov official said today that work likely could begin by the end of the year.

Nov 4, 2014

Foundation awards $170,000 to spur Downtown Reading business

Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority is the beneficiary of three grants totaling $170,000 to support special events and efforts to generate business in the city of Reading.

Nov 3, 2014

Berks home care company takes over medical staffing firm

Advantage Home Care, part of Berks Visiting Nurse Association in Wyomissing, bought Advance Medical Staffing of West Reading over the weekend.

Oct 30, 2014

PennEast Pipeline gets new partner

A Houston-based master limited partnership has become the latest to join PennEast Pipeline, a consortium that wants to build an interstate pipeline to transport natural gas through Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

Oct 30, 2014

Fashion event raises money for medical equipment

Pocono Medical Center’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner partnered with Women’s Resources of Monroe County and law enforcement to raise money for a secure digital forensic imaging camera. SAFE and Women’s Resources hosed ‘Fashion for a Cause’ to raise money for the equipment. The camera would reduce patient examination time by 50 percent and provide high-resolution im[...]

Oct 30, 2014

Provident Bank celebrates grand reopening

Provident Bank of Iselin, N.J., celebrated its entry into the Allentown market with the grand reopenings last month of its Tilghman Street branch in South Whitehall Township and Hamilton Street branch in Allentown. Pictured are Jean Polczynski (left), Tilghman Street branch manager, FeRROUS, mascot of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league baseball team, and Dianne Valenti of Bethlehem, winner of[...]

Oct 30, 2014

NAI Summit participates in energy, environment outlook

Jack McNulty, vice president of management services, represented NAI Summit of Allentown on the panel for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Outlook and Expo at Mack Trucks in Lower Macungie Township. The goal of the event was to provide a forum for tenants and landlords/building owners to discuss mutually beneficial efficiency improvements to leased spaces. The e[...]

Oct 28, 2014

Reading gets credit upgrade that could help with access to capital

The credit rating on Reading's long-term debt has been upgraded to reflect improvements in the city's financial reporting and record-keeping, as well as recent gains in its financial position.