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KFC, Wendy’s coming to Rt. 443

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Published September 15. 2018 07:28AM

A Kentucky Fried Chicken and Wendy’s will be joining the fast food row along Route 443 in Mahoning Township.

Contacted Thursday afternoon, local businessman Joe Bennett confirmed the pair of fast food chains will be among six new businesses located along the 2.56 acres of land.

Bennett Family Properties purchased the land at 844 and 848 Blakeslee Blvd. East from St. Luke’s Hospital of Bethlehem at a cost of $407,000.

Bennett, managing partner of Bennett Family Properties LLC, 619 Iron St., Lehighton, said there will be an additional four new businesses that will occupy the properties.

While a KFC and Wendy’s are a sure thing, Bennett said the fate of the other four new businesses rest in the hands of the state Department of Transportation.

“I’m waiting on a decision from PennDOT as to whether they need the property for the 443 street widening project,” Bennett said. “I’m told it’s (the street widening project) is supposed to start next year.”

The properties are currently empty lots just to the east of Aldi, Bennett said.

Bennett said in January that he had a lot of interest from restaurant users in that location, and that he purchased it to develop the properties and add franchises that aren’t currently in the area.

He said they also own the property to the left of NAPA Auto Parts, which is not yet developed on the west side, between NAPA and AutoZone; the AutoZone; Fastenal, a wholesale industrial and commercial supply business; along with the houses to the left of Fastenal at 102 and 104 Blakeslee Blvd. East.

Additionally, Bennett is also managing partner of Lehighton Development LLC, which brought the St. Luke’s Care Now in Lehighton, at 575 S. Ninth St. off Route 443.

Just what Lehighton needs, another burger joint. Why not a family restaurant of some sort? However, I believe KFC will make money.
What an enlightened statement. I suspect you will expecting a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary excellence. While you are waiting for said prize, please accept "the raspberries" from me. Don't you know that sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will never hurt us!
I definitely think we could use a WaWa and a family restaurant/diner. KFC is welcome in my book.
Have wanted a KFC for 15 years to come to the area, and a Wendy's is great. I couldn't be happier! Add an Applebee's and it would be perfect!
To my Wawa/restaurant folks, they were going to build a Sheetz and a Friday’s in Franklin Township but the supervisors per usual rejected it like they do to all stores that try to come to Franklin Township. They’re a special kind of stupid over there. Once the hospital comes, they’d be hurting the hospital and community by not allowing stores to help support it. Glad to see Wendy’s, KFC coming. The more stores, the better!

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