BUSINESS BEAT: New tenants for Pullman Square close to being announced

February 28, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Business activity at Pullman Square is going well, according to a report given Wednesday at the monthly Tri-State Transit Authority meeting.

The general manager’s report stated that reports from the shopping center’s developer Bill Dargusch, of Metropolitan Partners, said the company is real close to announcing new tenants for the Max & Erma’s space and the space that was occupied by Five Guys, a hamburger establishment.

No other details were available and a message to Dargusch seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The Max & Erma’s at Pullman Square closed in October last year after being open for 13 years. Five Guys closed its Pullman Square location at the end of July 2017. It opened at Pullman Square in 2008.

The report also stated that plans are in the works for the Thursday night concert series to start the first week of June at Pullman Square.

LITTLE SWITZERLAND WATER: For the first time in the history of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event, a winning entry in the best bottled water category came in the form of aluminum cans.

Little Switzerland Water, which has its canning facility at the mouth of W.Va. 10 and Hughes Branch Road in Huntington, placed fifth with its Little Swiss water from Sweet Springs in Gap Mills, West Virginia.

“It was another wonderful year for the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” said Von Wiesenberger. “Berkeley Springs is the Academy Awards of water.”

Tom Laishley, president of Little Switzerland Water, said he was honored to receive such a prestigious award that included bottled water from all five continents with 112 entries.

“We get our spring water from Sweet Springs Valley Water Co. in Monroe County, West Virginia,” Laishley said. “Their spring water comes from limestone caves deep beneath Peters Mountain. People have traveled to these springs for hundreds of years to enjoy the water’s therapeutic effects and its great taste.”

Laishley says in addition to its great taste, his company’s spring water in recyclable aluminum cans also helps the environment.

For a complete list of winners, go online to https://berkeleyspringswatertasting.com/winners/.

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS: The Tri-County YMCA is joining forces with the Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurant at 6 Liberty Square in Hurricane for the 9th annual March Month of Giving campaign to fund local charities.

During the month of March, customers can make a donation to the Tri-County YMCA at the restaurant. The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving on Wednesday, March 27, when the local Jersey Mike’s will give 100 percent of the day’s sales - not just profit - to the Tri-County YMCA.

On Day of Giving, local Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country will donate their resources and every single dollar that comes in to more than 180 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

“Last year’s nationwide Month of Giving initiative raised more than $6 million for charities making a big difference in their local communities, and this year, we hope to raise even more,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years old. “From the early days, it’s just what we’ve always done - give to give, as they say. This March, I invite you to visit Jersey Mike’s to help support an important cause in your neighborhood.”

For more information about Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving, visit online at www.jerseymikes.com/mog.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.