McCandless theater opening pushed to August

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The opening of a movie theater in McCandless Crossing has been pushed back once again, the shopping center's developer said.

In January, Selma, N.C.-based AdVenture Development LLC said the 12-screen Cinemark theater, which will have stadium seating and 100 percent digital projection, would open in in May. But this week, the firm said the theater's construction would be finished in time for a mid-August opening.

The most recent delay was because of the harsh winter, said Robert McGurk, project manager for AdVenture Development.

“They basically shut down for about eight weeks because of the winter conditions,” he said.

Construction plans were announced in 2011, and the theater originally was scheduled to open in fall 2012. Plano, Texas-based Cinemark Holdings Inc. was unavailable for comment.

Started in 2009 and slated to be McCandless' largest commercial development, McCandless Crossing is a mixed-use project being built on 130 acres on the east and west sides of McKnight Road, near the Duncan Avenue intersection.

When complete, the $100 million project will include stores, restaurants, banks, hotels, offices and 53 townhouses.

Businesses in the shopping center include Lowe's Home Improvement store, an IHOP restaurant, LA Fitness, CVS drugstore, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Dick's Sporting Goods.

A home furnishings store, HomeGoods, is under construction and will open in August beside Dick's, McGurk said.

Work will start on Tuesday on a Bonefish Grill seafood restaurant, which is expected to be finished in October. Specialty grocery store Trader Joe's is under construction and will open in October, McGurk said.

Carrabba's Italian Grill planned to open its first Pittsburgh-area location at McCandless Crossing but backed out, he said.

AdVenture is in discussions with another restaurant to replace Carrabba's, but McGurk declined to name it because the deal has not been finalized.

Hamburger restaurant Burgatory, whose third full-service location at The Waterfront shopping center in Homestead has exceeded sales projections by 35 percent, has discussed opening at McCandless Crossing, said Michael Hanley, co-owner of the Garfield-based chain.

“We love McCandless Crossing, and we think it's going to be a great development. And we've had discussions with the landlord, but we have nothing to announce yet,” Hanley said.

If Burgatory joins McCandless Crossing, it would not be the replacement for Carrabba's, McGurk said.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or

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