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Mayor predicts state store will reopen in Monroeville within three months

Dillon Carr
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
The Fine Wine and Good Spirits store as it looked in March 2018.
Lillian Dedomenic | For the Tribune-Review
The Fine Wine and Good Spirits store as it looked in March 2018.

Monroeville Mayor Nick Gresock said after a meeting with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials this month that he is hopeful a Fine Wine and Good Spirits store at 3845 Northern Pike will be reopened in 30 to 90 days.

The PLCB confirmed it would open a temporary liquor store in the Jonnet Plaza Shopping Center at 4089 William Penn Highway on March 19. Store hours will be: Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. -10 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The store and a dental practice in the small shopping plaza along Northern Pike were closed late last year when the building started to collapse into an old mine beneath it. The state this year started work to stabilize the mine and make the property useable again.

“We are working with all parties, including an independent engineer, to make sure the structure is stable and safe,” said liquor board spokesman Shawn Kelly in an email. “It's difficult to estimate when we might reopen this store.”

Gresock said the state will open a temporary store in the Jonnet Plaza along William Penn Highway. Kelly said a store will open soon, but would not say where it will be.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has been working on an emergency project to stabilize the ground that an abandoned mine compromised below the building. The dental practice that was in the plaza moved into its Squirrel Hill office after its section of the building was deemed unsafe. A Five Guys restaurant in the plaza has remained open while work on the property is being done.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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