Allentown City Center developer named EY Entrepreneur of the Year

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J.B. Reilly, President, City Center Investment Corporation

City Center Investment Corp. announced Friday that President and Co-founder J.B. Reilly has received the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the real estate category for the Greater Philadelphia area.

Reilly's company has been involved in a major mixed-use development, Center City Allentown, which includes more than 1.5 million square feet of office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, five residential communities, retail and restaurant space, a total investment of $455 million in downtown Allentown, according to a press release from City Center.

"This is really a City Center team award and another recognition that our company is helping transform downtown Allentown into a regional center of excellence for business, recreation and city living," said Reilly.

Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries, according to the release.

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· Giant Food Stores opens Beer & Wine Eatery at Wind Gap store. Grand opening with beer and wine tastings on Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m.

· Goodwill Keystone Area opened a new retail store and donation center at 2675 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township. The center will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

· Your CBD Store celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 16 in South Bethlehem.

· Hop Daddy’s Brewing Co. opened its new brewery, restaurant and beer garden in downtown Allentown on Nov. 15.

· Kabab and Chutney, an Indian restaurant, recently opened on 3812 Easton-Nazareth HWY Easton. The hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday (closed on Tuesday).

· Jersey Mike's Subs will open in Allentown on November 6. A grand opening and and free sub fundraiser will be held from Wednesday, November 6 to Sunday, November 10 to support the Salvation Army.

· A Frutta Bowls franchise will open on the ArtsWalk in downtown Allentown in mid-December 2019.

· Toys R Awesome, a new retro store in the Village West Shopping Center, has opened on 3022 West Tilghman Street.

· Taco Bell to open at site of former Wind Gap Professional Center off Route 33 in Plainfield Township.

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