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Arooga's plans No. 9 in Shippensburg

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Susquehanna Township-based Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar is expanding its growing chain to western Cumberland County.

Arooga's is in the process of buying The Ship Wreck Pub & Inn on West King Street in Shippensburg.

Gary Huether Jr., the chain's co-founder and president, said a liquor license transfer is expected to be done in January. Construction would begin to revamp the space for a 250-seat restaurant.

Opening of the ninth Arooga's location is planned for March, Huether said.

"We're excited to be in a college town," he said. "One of our goals is not just to be a college bar, but a regular restaurant and bar for the locals year-round."

Like its other locations, the Shippensburg Arooga's will have wall-to-wall televisions tuned in to sports and a variety of craft beer selections. Huether said there will be 50 beers on draft. Known for its wings, the restaurant will also have a certified gluten-free menu, which is currently being rolled out at all establishments.

Huether said he had been looking at Shippensburg for a possible franchise operation. That didn't pan out, and Arooga's was approached about this opportunity, he said.

The Dauphin County company still has eyes on the Lancaster and Allentown/Bethlehem markets, he added, as the chain hopes to expand its concept beyond Central Pennsylvania.

Arooga's recently opened in Derry Township.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jasons@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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