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Pyramid Construction adds office, projects October opening for Karns

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Pyramid Construction Services Inc., part of Harrisburg-based Quandel Enterprises Inc., has opened a small satellite office at 75 W. Caracas Ave. in Derry Township.

“We just wanted to service that (Hershey) market directly,” President Ralph Klinepeter Jr. said.

Wormleysburg-based Pyramid has been fairly active in the Hershey area over the last five or six years. Current projects include work for the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Tröegs Brewing Co., Hershey Volunteer Fire Department and All Saints Episcopal Church.

The satellite office has just two employees, but that could grow over time, Klinepeter said: “Right now, the focus is on Hershey interests.”

Overall, Pyramid employs about 70 people. It was one of the Business Journal’s top 50 fastest-growing companies for 2013.

Another current project is the retrofit of the former Capital BlueCross office in Lemoyne for Karns Prime & Fancy Food Ltd., or Karns Quality Foods.

Lower Allen Township-based Smith Land & Improvement Corp. purchased the building on State Street in the fall. Karns is currently across the street in the West Shore Plaza.

The new Karns store will be 66,000 square feet, which is more than double its current space, according to the developer.

Pyramid has started to gut the interior of the building and prepare it for the grocery store.

“We’re responsible for the shell of the building,” Klinepeter said. “Karns will cut the floor for drain lines and refrigerated equipment.”

Front and back additions put on by Capital BlueCross will come down, he said. A new roof will be installed along with a new facade.

Karns is planning to close its existing store on Sept. 30 and open the new location on Oct. 1, said Rick Jordan II, Smith Land’s CEO.

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