New Shopping Center Set For Spring Start

The nine-unit Summit View Plaza Shopping Center, site of the former Auto Shop, will be ready for tenants within a week according to John Thomas, Jr.

The project, which is the dreamwork of John Senior, the 30-year member of Thomas & Zinn Real Estate. While John and his partner Bob Zinn developed many commercial business sites in Mountaintop and beyond, John told us in 2012 that this project would be a Thomas family affair with his daughter and sons under the business name of J. P. Thomas Family Company.

Speaking with son John while his father convalesces from a fall, it is clear that the family’s core mission is to provide quality commercial space that also brings value to the community.

“My father has the vision to see that this location was perfect for development. Personally, I think this is the best spot in Mountaintop for commercial use –it’s right in the heart of the Mountaintop business community.”

And like his father, John points proudly to the fact that in addition to developing a top quality rental opportunity for businesses, “this is also helping the tax base. Mountaintop is an awesome residential area and our retail space is allowing local business people to grow.”

Of the nine-units, covering approximately 7,800 square feet, several tenants want more than one spot. “There are seven units facing Route 309 and two more in the rear. Of the nine there is serious interest in seven.”

Until the ink is dry on the agreements, John is cautious about naming the clients. Two are definite, he reports, “We have two signed leases one is the Tasty Turtle Yogurt Shop and the other is H & R Block tax office, they are taking 2 spots. We also have a restaurant interested in 2 more spots.

Again, John credits his dad’s vision for seeing the potential in the former gas station and repair garage, “He really took and chance and it’s worked out.” Similarly his dad and his partner Bob Zinn took a chance on building the two hotels on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard at Blackman Street. Thomas and his family own the Comfort Inn where son Paul has worked for about 15 years, and John has worked at the Econo Lodge next door for 25 years.

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