Self-storage facility opens in old Weis store in Hanover

Washington, D.C.-based Arcland Property Co. has opened a self-storage facility in Penn Shopping Plaza on the south side of Hanover, its first self-storage location in Pennsylvania.

The new facility, at 1049 Baltimore St. near Grandview Plaza, is part of Arcland’s continued expansion efforts in the mid-Atlantic, representing the 45th property for the region’s largest private self-storage provider, according to a release.

Built to Class A institutional quality standard, the York County location features two buildings, with Phase II opening in the Fall of 2023.

The first phase of the project is conversion of a former first-generation Weis grocery store, vacant since the early 2000s, into a modern self-storage facility. Recently a pad in the shopping center was approved for a new Wawa convenience store.

“We are excited to expand to a new state as we continue to build our presence throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions,” said Anthony Piscitelli, Arcland’s senior vice president of Investments. “We believe this facility will offer unparalleled value to our customers and the greater Hanover community.” Self Storage Plus will manage the property, which has ground-level access with a mix of climate control and drive-up storage units as well as parking spots for boats and RVs.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Tidal Wave Auto Spa opens first Pa. car wash in Hanover

Express car wash company Tidal Wave Auto Spa opened its first Pennsylvania location June 28 in York County, at 1895 Baltimore Pike, West Manheim Township.

This expands the business’ footprint to 22 states. Tidal Wave Auto Spa offers single-wash options, unlimited wash memberships, discounted membership options for families, and fleet plans for commercial customers with multiple vehicles.

“We’re thrilled to add Pennsylvania into our footprint … with the opening of our new Hanover location,” said founder and CEO Scott Blackstock. “… We’re excited to bring our convenient and industry-leading express wash to Pennsylvania and look forward to opening an additional location in Somerset in the coming months.” Tidal Wave Auto Spa, based in Thomaston, Georgia, also offers a fundraising program for local schools, churches, civic groups, sports teams and more.

Tracing its roots to 1999, the company opened its first express car wash in 2004 in the metro Atlanta area.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Hanover-based Utz Brands closing Golden Flake facility

Utz Brands of Hanover announced on Wednesday plans to close the company’s Golden Flake manufacturing operations in Alabama by early July. 

An SEC filing on Wednesday stated the following: 

“On April 24, 2023, Utz Brands, Inc. made the decision to permanently cease operations at the company’s manufacturing facility located in Birmingham, Alabama effective on or around July 3, 2023. This decision reflects the company’s dedication to network optimization and cost containment.”

The filing reported that Utz Brands communicated this decision to affected employees on April 26, 2023. Golden Flake and other products currently being produced at the facility will continue to be produced at other Utz manufacturing facilities following the ceasing of manufacturing operations at the Birmingham facility.

The Golden Flake facility employs approximately 275 individuals. While manufacturing at the facility is permanently ceased, approximately 100 employees will continue to be employed by the company and continue working in Birmingham in the company’s distribution center.

“Utz has made the difficult decision to permanently close our manufacturing operations in Birmingham, Alabama, effective July 3, 2023,” Utz Quality Foods Vice President of Regulatory and Community Affairs Kevin Brick said in an email.

“Unfortunately, this decision impacts all of our Birmingham manufacturing associates, who will depart the company as a result of this closure. Despite ending our manufacturing operations, our distribution center and logistics team will continue serving our independent operators and distributors, in the area.”

Brick said Utz will continue to have a presence in Birmingham and will stay an active part of the community.

“The Golden Flake brand remains an important part of Utz’s portfolio, and our product offerings and partnerships under this banner are not changing,” said Brick. “We are grateful to our Birmingham manufacturing colleagues for their many contributions to Utz. Our leaders have spoken to those associates directly, and we are committed to providing them with support throughout the next few months and through their transition to their future endeavors.”

According to the filing, Utz Brands expects to incur pre-tax cash charges of approximately $3.0 million to $5.0 million in connection with the closure of the Birmingham manufacturing operations.

Originally known as Magic City Foods, Golden Flake was founded in 1923 in North Birmingham’s Hill’s Grocery. Products currently made at the plant will be made in other factories.

Utz Brands plans to report its first quarter 2023 financial results on May 11, 2023. 

Hanover Self Storage facility sold by Seattle company

Hanover Self Storage, a 32,150-square foot self-storage facility located in Hanover 30 miles south of Harrisburg, has been sold.

The sale was announced Monday by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services of Seattle, Inc. The company specializes in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services.

Additional terms of sale were not disclosed.

Gabriel Cole, the lead agent involved in the sale, said in a release that the facility was sold as part of a 12-property portfolio to an out-of-state buyer following multiple competing offers.

“The buyer will benefit from strong existing cash flow and the opportunity to raise rents,” Cole said.

Cole, Brett R. Hatcher and Nathan Coe, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Columbus, Ohio office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company. Pennsylvania Broker of Record Sean Beuche assisted in closing the transaction.

Situated on approximately 2.11 acres, Hanover Self Storage features 92 climate controlled, 138 drive-up, and 38 interior self-storage units that comprise 32,150 net rentable square feet, along with 10 outdoor parking spaces.

G&S Foods breaks ground on 350,000-square-foot Hanover plant

G&S Foods LLC held a groundbreaking this month for its 348,344-square-foot snack food manufacturing facility on Blettner Avenue in Hanover,
G&S Foods LLC held a groundbreaking this month for its 348,344-square-foot snack food manufacturing facility on Blettner Avenue in Hanover. PHOTO/PROVIDED

G&S Foods LLC held a groundbreaking this month for its 348,344-square-foot snack food manufacturing facility on Blettner Avenue in Hanover, an expansion that will bring abundant jobs, the company said.

President and CEO Daniel Morgan said in a release, “We have an amazing workforce at our current Abbottstown facility that will join us in Hanover, and we are excited about adding additional talented individuals from this area. G&S Foods will look to create many new jobs after the grand opening, tentatively scheduled for mid-2024.”

G&S Foods says the cutting-edge facility will allow it to develop healthier, unique and trending snack foods while continuing to manufacture pretzels, extruded snacks, popcorn, enrobed snacks, and pellet snacks such as vegetable chips and straws. The facility will also provide office space and increased warehousing space.

“When we looked at expanding our facility, the Hanover area seemed like the obvious choice,” added board member Tricia Warehime. “My family has deep roots in the Hanover area, stemming from our history with Snyder’s of Hanover. When the Blettner Avenue location became available during our new location search, it was very exciting to me given my family’s commitment to the Hanover area.”

Established in 1996, G&S Foods is a co-packer and private-label manufacturer of salty snacks. In 1999, the company purchased TastySnack Quality Foods, which allowed G&S Foods to add enrobing (coating) capabilities. Shortly after that the businesses moved to Abbottstown, located close to the largest retail markets and at the heart of the snack food manufacturing industry. In 2018, G&S Foods was purchased by MAW Acquisitions LP.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Barley Snyder names new COO

Long-time Barley Snyder employee Dorothy Rund has been promoted to chief operating officer of the Lancaster-based firm. 

Rund has been with the firm for close to 30 years, serving previously as chief administrative officer. She will continue to work with the firm’s management committee and execute additional initiatives to help shape the firm’s overall operations. 

“Dorothy has been performing the traditional duties of a COO for years and has been a critical force in our strategic growth over the last decade,” Barley Snyder Managing Partner Jeff Lobach said in a statement. “Her promotion is well deserved. The firm’s leadership looks forward to continued partnership with Dorothy in extending our organization’s positive trajectory to which she has already contributed so much.” 

Barley Snyder serves businesses, individuals, and organizations in civil law and has more than 120 attorneys practicing from offices located in Lancaster, York, Reading, Harrisburg, Hanover, Gettysburg, Wyomissing, Schuylkill Haven, and Malvern. The firm also has offices In Maryland. 

“It has been my honor to serve at Barley Snyder and watch our firm evolve throughout our footprint for the past three decades,” Rund said. “Furthermore, it has been a pleasure working alongside brilliant, talented professionals who continue to make a positive impact on our clients and the community while setting the bar high and exceeding expectations for our team.” 

A member of the Association of Legal Administration for more than 30 years, Rund previously served as a mentor for the Lancaster Chamber’s Mentorship program.

York real estate group puts focus on self-storage portfolio

Investment Real Estate Group of Companies (IREGC) of York is retiring its brokerage services and focusing on expanding its Moove In Self Storage portfolio. 

“It’s been a tremendous ride with our talented IREGC team and clients,” CEO John Gilliland said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with the self-storage brokerage community in sourcing additional stores for the Moove in Self Storage portfolio. We’ve developed many wonderful working relationships with our fellow brokers over the years. It’ll be a nice change to be their client instead of a friendly competitor.” 

Gilliland brokered his first self-storage in Hanover in 1997. IGEC started one year later and grew into a national leader with over 100 employees providing services for brokerage, construction, development, feasibility, insurance, and property management. 

Gilliland said while there are exciting plans for IREGC’s future, there is also a feeling of nostalgia for the company’s past. 

“Our core values have always served as a guide to focus on helping others achieve their dreams,” he said. “During our remarkable journey, we’ve met and worked with countless good people in the self-storage industry from Boston to Pittsburgh to Virginia Beach.” 

Having offices in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Connecticut, IREGC completed hundreds of transactions and achieved over $1 billion in sales for clients. The company recently moved into its new headquarters in downtown York to prepare for its transition. 

Additional moves include Christopher Riley being named president and chief operating officer, and IREGC hiring new employees and promoting team members to key positions. 

“It’s truly been humbling to help others in this great industry of ours,” Gilliland said. “We’re excited about the future as we move toward a new chapter here at IREGC.”

Penn Plaza shopping center sells for $2.2 million

Hanover’s Penn Plaza shopping center has sold for $2.2 million, Campbell Commercial Real Estate Inc. announced Tuesday.

The 82,500-square-foot retail complex is occupied by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Ninja Logic, with 35,000 square feet still available for lease.

The sale also included a stand-alone Dunkin’.

Larry Kostelac, of Campbell Commercial, worked on behalf of seller BSA Enterprises while Keith Kahlbaugh, of Bennett Williams Commercial, represented the buyer, The Trone Family Trust.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer