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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A vacant building that once housed a landmark business in Luzerne County will soon be a part of a local university.
Wilkes University announced Wednesday it's buying the former Bartikowsky's Jewelers in Wilkes-Barre for $1.2 million as part of an expansion project.
The former jewelry store went out of business a year ago. It will initially be used by the university for administrative offices and a student services center.
Wilkes said it is also spending $3 million to renovate the University Center on Main, transforming it into the new home of its business school.
The project is expected to be completed during the 2014-15 academic year.
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