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