Shipley Energy is beefing up its food-service holdings.
The York-based energy supply company, which first branched out into convenience stores four decades ago, today expanded its restaurant operations with the opening of a new Arby’s in Lewistown.
The popular roast beef franchise is expected to create 45 jobs in the area, company officials said.
In addition to “abundant seating” and free Wi-Fi, the 3,050 square foot location features a revamped store design that Arby’s has been rolling out throughout the country, officials said, which will distinguish this location from other Arby’s in central Pennsylvania.
“Our goal at Shipley is to help meet the needs of our customers, whether they are buying a meal or purchasing electricity and heating oil,” CEO Dave Gruno said. “With the opening of our newest Arby’s location, we are pleased to be adding to the range of dining options in the Lewistown area and to be creating numerous job opportunities as well.”
Tracing its roots back nearly 90 years, Shipley is a longtime provider of heating oil that also has become a significant competitor in the electricity and natural gas markets. In 1976, the company branched out into retail with its Kwick-Stop operations, predecessors of the Tom’s Convenience Stores operated today by Shipley Stores Inc.
Today, the company’s portfolio encompasses hospitality and food service properties, including other Arby’s locations.
Home to more than 8,000 people, Lewistown is the seat of Mifflin County and is about 60 miles northwest of Harrisburg. The new Arby’s is located on Electric Avenue, just north of the borough’s downtown area and south of the Highland Park neighborhood.
The location was chosen due to a high rate of commercial traffic, and easy accessibility to highways 322 and 522, company officials said.
“Adopting the new modernized store design that offers more of a fast-casual atmosphere and offering free Wi-Fi is in keeping with Shipley’s commitment to innovation and staying ahead of the curve,” added Gruno. “The reactions from our guests thus far has been outstanding.”