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Business briefs: State to get US highway funding

State to get US highway funding

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia will get $4.8 million in federal highway funds for projects that enhance pedestrians' and bicyclists' safety, preserve scenic views and boost historic preservation and tourism.

Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin's office said Wednesday that the West Virginia Transportation Enhancement program will pay for 27 projects.

The program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration's efforts to help communities with non-traditional transportation improvements.

The projects include historical highway markers across the state; enhancements of Chapmanville's Main Street in Logan County; and renovating the Berkeley Springs Train Depot in Morgan County.

Fazoli's to add 7 new restaurants

Fazoli's, the quick-service Italian restaurant chain, announced it has commitments from three new franchisees to open seven new restaurants.

One of the new franchisees is Par Mar Stores, a division of Par Mar Oil Co. Par Mar plans to open a 1,500-square-foot Fazoli's in Fairmont in early 2012. It will offer seating, carryout and drive-through services and will be the first Fazoli's in a travel plaza.

Par Mar will open two more Fazoli's restaurants in 2012 and 2013 and is exploring the development of smaller Fazoli's units in more of its 50 locations, Fazoli's said.

Fazoli's is headquartered in Lexington, Ky. The company has restaurants in West Virginia at Southridge Centre and Nitro Market Place and two restaurants in Huntington.

Par Mar is headquartered in Marietta, Ohio. The company has 34 gasoline stations with convenience stores in West Virginia, including two outlets in Hurricane and two in St. Albans.

Fazoli's other new franchisees are TeCaSe of Murray, Ky., and CCreations of New Whiteland, Ind.

S.C. Laser Eye Center moving

The West Virginia Laser Eye Center is moving from an office in the Riverwalk Mall, South Charleston, to 2335 Chesterfield Ave. in Kanawha City.

The center began moving earlier this week and hopes to open at its new location on Tuesday.

Established in 2001, the center specializes in treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms.



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