Rue Boutique Now Open at McCandless Crossing

November 7th, 2016

AdVenture Development is pleased to announce that Rue Boutique opened on Monday, November 7 at McCandless Crossing.  Rue Boutique is an independently owned and operated high-end boutique.  Rue Boutique sellsf men’s and women’s apparel, beauty products, and home furnishings. Rue Boutique is located between European Wax Center and Burgatory at 730 Providence Boulevard.   rue-boutique

Texas Roadhouse Opening at McCandless Crossing

October 20th, 2016

trhAdVenture Development is pleased to announce that Texas Roadhouse will be opening at McCandless Crossing on October 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  Texas Roadhouse is located on Duncan Avenue between LA Fitness and Dentistry For Kids.  Texas Roadhouse is known for their hand-cut steaks, “fall-off-the-bone” ribs, and “made-from-scratch” sides.

Situated at the corner of Duncan Avenue and McKnight Road, McCandless Crossing is a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development built to synergize the surrounding businesses, organizations and community.  For more information on McCandless Crossing, please visit

New Businesses Coming to McCandless Crossing

August 29th, 2016

By: Christine D’Antonio, KDKA-Pittsburgh

…At McCandless Crossing, Texas Roadhouse is quickly taking shape and three more tenants are working quickly on their spaces.

Rue Boutique will settle into the space between Burgatory and the European Wax Center. Across the street, Deer Creek Winery is well on the way in the shop between Hello Bistro and Gifted Hands.

While in the first watch corner of the crossing, Paint Monkey is setting up shop, getting ready to host the growing craze of wine and painting parties.

As for when things will be opening, they are hoping to be cooking steaks at Texas Roadhouse by mid-October. As for Rue, Deer Creek, and Paint Monkey, they all expect to be open by Nov. 1.

To read the full article on KDKA’s website, please click here.

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Economic Development Trip

August 1st, 2016

A delegation of twelve community leaders from Johnston County traveled to Covington, Georgia recently to learn about the impact that major economic development projects have on local communities.

“It was a great learning experience,” said Rick Childrey, president of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Novo Nordisk and Grifols expansions will have a positive effect on every business in Johnston County.”

Novo Nordisk has just started construction of a $1.8 billion insulin-production facility across Powhatan Road from its current plant. Grifols is adding a $250 million addition to its US 70 campus. Thousands of construction workers will be in the area over the next several years prior to the addition of several hundred new permanent jobs.

“With over 3,000 employees relocating to our area during the four year construction period, it is important that our County and Municipalities adequately plan for its economic impact. During the peak of construction, the two nearby sites will have the same population as the Town of Benson” said Johnston County’s Economic Developer Chris Johnson, who organized the trip.

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North Carolina Gains Names for New Interstates

June 7th, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina has received approval for the names of two new interstate route designations in the eastern part of the state. The American Association of State and Transportation Officials approved I-42 for the U.S. 70 Corridor between I-40 and Morehead City, and I-87 for U.S. 64/17 between Raleigh and the Virginia state line.

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McCandless Crossing Office Building Approved

March 30th, 2016

By: Tim Schooley

Pittsburgh Business Times

The developer of McCandless Crossing is preparing to get started with the first office building at the mixed-use project, a 55,000-square-foot building to be located behind the development’s Dick’s Sporting Goods store.

Kevin Dougherty, principal of North Carolina-based AdVenture DevelopmentLLC, said the new four-story office building received final approval from McCandless Township on Monday, March 28, giving his company the go ahead to push forward with the project.

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Novo Nordisk Breaks Ground on Nearly $2 Billion Dollar Facility

March 29th, 2016

CLAYTON, N.C., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Novo Nordisk broke ground on its new $1.8 billion diabetes medicine production facility in Clayton, N.C. More than 100 community members, employees and policy makers attended a ceremonial event alongside Lars Rebien Sørensen, president and chief executive officer of Novo Nordisk, and Pat McCrory, Governor ofNorth Carolina.

The facility will produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for a range of Novo Nordisk’s current and future GLP-1 and insulin medicines. Once fully operational in 2020, the Clayton facility will ensure production capacity for diabetes medicines in the U.S. for the decade ahead.

Once complete, the new facility will measure 833,000 square feet and have a footprint of 417,639 square feet – the equivalent to approximately seven football fields. This expansion is expected to create close to 700 new jobs, with an average salary that is$68,000$22,000 higher than the current average salary, and $15,000 more than the median household income in Johnston County. At the same time, Novo Nordisk expects to create a significant employment effect during the construction period with up to 2,500 people working on the project at peak construction.

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Pharmaceutical Company Expanding Again in Johnston County

March 29th, 2016

By Eric Palmer

FiercePharma Manufacturing

Grifols, the Spain-based specialist in blood plasma products, last year opened a $370 million plasma fractionation plant in Clayton, NC, but has now decided that is not enough to meet growing demand. It says it will invest $360 million to build out four projects to ensure it has the capacity it needs over the next 15 years, including two new facilities in Johnston County..

The company today said its plans call for spending $90 million on another fractionation plant at Clayton and then the rest on three purification plants to get the proteins its needs. It’s building a $120 million purification plant at Clayton, an $85 million purification plant in Ireland and another $65 million purification plant in Spain.

The new plasma fractionation plant at the industrial complex at Clayton will have a fractionation capacity of 6 million liters per year. That project is slated to begin the first quarter of 2017, with production online in early 2022.

The purification plant for intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) at Clayton is scheduled to come into operation in late 2021. The purification plant for albumin at the Grifols facilities in Dublin, Ireland, will have a capacity of between 130 and 150 million grams/year of albumin. It is slated to come online in 2020. The company had earlier decided it would build a purification plant for alpha 1-antitrypsin at the Grifols site in Barcelona, Spain, because its current facility is near capacity. That purification plant is expected to be licensed in late 2017 or early 2018, Grifols said today.

The company last year opened its new $370 million, 155,000-square-foot facility in Clayton, NC, doubling capacity there to 6 million liters from about 3.2 million. In 2014, it opened a 48,400-square-foot fractionation plant in Barcelona.

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Gigi’s Cupcakes a giant bite away from ordinary

December 22nd, 2015
Gigi’s Cupcakes, located in McCandless Crossing, offers a variety of fancy cupcakes, as seen here Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

Consider the common, store-bought cupcake: A serviceable pastry that fits in one hand and comes in numerous flavors and textures. Nice diversions, but only that.

In comparison, Gigi’s Cupcakes are elaborate creations that dazzle the palate. How about these flavors: Kentucky Bourbon Pie, Salty Caramel and Mama’s Butterscotch Bacon. These are not ordinary confections, nor are they meant to be.

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Popular Daytime Café to Expand Presence in Pittsburgh with Opening in McCandless

December 2nd, 2015

First Watch will open its third Pittsburgh-area restaurant on Monday.

Pembroke Pines, FL  (Restaurant News ReleaseFirst Watch Restaurants, the popular Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch concept, today announced it will open in McCandless on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 a.m. at 9176 Covenant Ave. The restaurant in the new McCandless Crossing shopping center will be 33-year-old First Watch’s third restaurant in Pittsburgh and will employ about 25 people. Customers of the new restaurant will be among the first to sample the eatery’s fresh, new menu and innovative new restaurant design.

“First Watch has been welcoming guests in Pittsburgh for nearly a decade,” said Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer for First Watch. “At our McCandless restaurant, we’ll be introducing our new, craveable menu which features a number of innovative items not yet available at our other restaurants in Pittsburgh.”

First Watch’s curated new menu takes an elevated approach to traditional and inventive offerings made to order using farm fresh ingredients. It includes items such as Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. The restaurant will offer healthy, flavorful favorites like house-made granola and pico de gallo, organic greens, house-roasted vegetables, cage-free eggs and 100% fresh-squeezed orange juice as well as more indulgent, traditional breakfast, brunch and lunch offerings.

The McCandless First Watch will also offer options from the restaurant’s Fresh Juice Bar, juiced in-house daily using fresh fruits and vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. The restaurant will serve its exclusive Sunrise Select Premium Blend Coffee, made from slow-roasted, hand-selected, high-grown coffee beans from mountains across North, Central and South America.

The new First Watch will open with the restaurant’s latest interior design, which combines farm fresh elements with a high-energy, urban vibe.

First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers customers complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

For First Watch franchise information, please visit

Popular Daytime Café to Expand Presence in Pittsburgh with Opening in McCandless

Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos

About First Watch

First Watch specializes in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga. First Watch was named a 2015 Top Consumer Pick by Nation’s Restaurant News and has received other recognition including being named a 2013 “Next 20” Emerging Brand by Nation’s Restaurant News and a 2014 Top Franchise Value by FSR Magazine. First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with more than 270 restaurants in 26 states, including more than 135 First Watch restaurants, 116 The Egg & I Restaurants, 20 The Good Egg restaurants and one Bread & Company restaurant in Nashville (with another one under construction). For more information, visit