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Iron Hill expanding to downtown Hershey

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A rendering of the new Iron Hill brewpub in Derry Township.
A rendering of the new Iron Hill brewpub in Derry Township. - (Photo / )

Delaware-based Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, which has a brewpub in Lancaster, plans to open its second midstate location in downtown Hershey.

Iron Hill announced the plans today. The new brewpub, which could open by late 2018 or early 2019, will be part of the Hershey Towne Square project on West Chocolate Avenue.

"Iron Hill is thrilled to open our 10th Pennsylvania store in Hershey," Kevin Finn, co-founder of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, said in a statement. "It's an exciting place to expand, and share our passion for our scratch kitchen and craft brewery. With over 10 million visitors to Hershey per year, we look forward to expanding dining and drinking opportunities in one of the region's most visited areas."

Iron Hill will be joining several other tenants in Hershey Towne Square, including Starbucks and Primanti Bros. At 9,000 square feet, Iron Hill will be the largest tenant in the new mixed-use development. The facility will have seating for up to 290 people and will include a bar area and additional outdoor space.

Founded in 1996, Iron Hill has 12 locations, including two each in Delaware and New Jersey. The company will open three locations this year, including sites in Philadelphia, Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Greenville, S.C. Each location has its own kitchen and craft brewery.

Wormleysburg-based RVG Management & Development Co. is the developer on the Hershey Towne Square project. The Cumberland County company bought the former Hershey post office property at 169 W. Chocolate Ave. in 2016 after a previous owner was unable to restructure financing for the nearly five-acre project.

RVG's plan includes new structures that will add about 32,000 square feet of space for shops and restaurants. The site also includes a renovated 60,000-square-foot building at the rear. Formerly a post office, the building is being marketed to commercial office users.

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Jason Scott

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