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Excitement surrounds opening of Newbury businesses in South Fayette

| Friday, July 29, 2016, 1:03 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Customers walk toward the newly opened First Watch restaurant at The Gateway Shops at Newbury Market in South Fayette on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Construction continues at The Gateway Shops at Newbury Market in South Fayette on Thursday, July 28, 2016. A Five Guys Burger and Fries restaurant and an AT&T store, among others, will join the newly opened First Watch restaurant along Millers Run Road, or Route 50.

The Gateway Shops at Newbury Market in South Fayette has opened to plenty of community excitement, with more businesses soon to follow.

First Watch restaurant opened last week, the first business in the larger $450 million Newbury plan that includes the Newbury Market, 225 single-family homes and a 250-unit garden apartment complex.

“We always would go to the one in Fairfax (Va.),” said Bonnie Philippon, who now lives in Peters and dined at First Watch last week with friends Ralph and Barbara Scott of Bridgeville.

Philippon and her husband, Michael, first introduced the Scotts to the restaurant offering fresh, made-to-order breakfast, lunch and brunch when the Settlers Ridge location opened in Robinson.

“This is definitely needed,” Ralph Scott said. “It's good to see Five Guys coming.”

Five Guys Burgers and Fries will join several other tenants in The Gateway Shops this month or early next, including an AT&T retail outlet, Noodles & Co. and YoFresh Yogurt Cafe.

Building permits for the remaining parcels have been issued for Mt. Lebanon Dermatology, King Orthodontics, Envy Nail Salon and Dollar Bank.

The Gateway Shops is just one part of Newbury's business component that also will include office buildings, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, large retail stores and other restaurants.

Because of the business openings, project manager Eric Newhouse asked the township to allow the existing 84 Lumber sign to remain in place until the Newbury Market marquee sign is erected or Oct. 1, whichever is first.

The marquee sign is the largest in the development and will list all tenants. During the April commissioners meeting, Newhouse said the 84 Lumber sign will be incorporated with the new sign.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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