Glo Fiber broadband coming to Mount Joy

Glo Fiber, powered by Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., has reached an agreement with municipal officials to deploy fiber-to-the-home broadband services to Mount Joy borough.

Throughout the 18- to 24-month construction process, Glo Fiber will bring a fiber network to more than 3,700 homes and businesses in the area, a release said, enabling multi-gigabit internet access with symmetrical upload and download speeds up to 5G. Glo Fiber said it can ensure high speeds, low latency and increased reliability because it uses Edinburg, Virginia-based Shentel’s 8,300-mile regional fiber network.

Engineering work is underway, and construction is scheduled to begin in late 2024.

Glo Fiber has customers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.

“The borough looks forward to Glo Fiber operating in Mount Joy,” said Mount Joy Borough Manager Mark Pugliese. “Borough Council voted unanimously in favor of setting up a franchise agreement with Glo Fiber, permitting Glo Fiber to operate within the borough limits. In the end, our residents will have an opportunity to choose who they want to purchase services from. Up until now, there were little options.”

Added Chris Kyle, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs at Shentel: “We are excited to continue expanding our footprint in Lancaster County. Mount Joy marks our 30th franchise in Pennsylvania as we continue to bring Glo Fiber to residents and businesses throughout the commonwealth. Not surprisingly, we have seen a great response from Lancaster County localities as they realize just how crucial fiber-to-the-home infrastructure is in today’s world.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Mount Joy’s Country Table Restaurant to close  

Tom and Rosemarie Daly. PHOTO/PROVIDED

After more than 20 years as a community fixture, the Country Table Restaurant in Mount Joy will close. 

Tom and Rosemarie Daly, the owners of the eatery at 720-740 E. Main St., are retiring, a release said. 

The restaurant will officially shut its doors April 16. 

The Bake Shoppe, operated by the couple’s son and daughter-in-law, Tom Jr. and Jessica Daly, will remain open, as well as First Citizens Bank. The restaurant space will be available for lease, and the whole property is available for sale. 

According to a listing from High Associates Ltd., which is marketing the 4.01-acre property, the asking price for the three-unit, 16,153-square-foot retail center is $2.9 million. 

The 8,080-square-foot restaurant space features a large, open dining area with a separate room for additional dining or private parties. Within the past three years, the owners made several upgrades to the property, including new roofing, parking and landscaping improvements. There are approximately 180 parking spaces. 

“We are so grateful for the many years that we have had to serve you and your families – you have become our friends,” Tom and Rosemarie Daly said in a statement. 

“We have watched your children grow up before our eyes, as you have watched ours. We have cried tears with you when you have had to say final goodbyes to your loved ones, we miss them with you. … To our amazing staff both past and present … your commitment to great service and the serving of our community is appreciated and valued. … Please know that much prayer and consideration went into this decision and we feel the time is right for us to say goodbye. 

“… Our search will continue for someone to take over the restaurant side or put a new business in that space. It has been an honor to serve you all and we will miss seeing you! We look forward to getting some much-needed rest and spending lots of time together and with our children and 10 grandchildren.” 

Stauffers of Kissel Hill opens new Mount Joy store in former Darrenkamps

Stauffers of Kissel Hill’s new Stauffers Fresh Foods at 945 E. Main Street (Route 230) in the Mount Joy Square Shopping Center opened Wednesday, May 19. The new location, in Rapho Township, will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

It joins SKH’s Lititz and Rohrerstown locations. More than a hundred team members joined the Stauffers Mount Joy team, led by store manager John Welsh, who previously managed the Lititz store, for the grand opening. Welsh has been with Stauffers for 40 years.

Eric Stauffer, Fresh Foods COO said the 45,000-square-foot Mount Joy food store was completely renovated.

“The store layout was designed with the customer at the top of mind, and offers a complete shopping experience that customers have to expect from Stauffers,” he said.

Special features of the new Mount Joy store include:

  • Produce department offering fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, drinks and fresh cut options.
  • Full-service meat department with on-site butchers that custom cut for oven, grill or pan.
  • Seafood department featuring fresh and frozen fillets, shellfish, salads and dips.
  • A deli that features their Signature line and local vendors, plus domestic and imported meats, cheese and Mediterranean fare.
  • Bakery offering an array of baked goods, desserts, and cakes.
  • Bulk foods selection of sweets, snacks, and dry ingredients for cooking and baking.
  • Meals to-go.
  • Bulk coffee & tea selection from local roasters Whiff Roasters & East Indies

Under-the-Tent seasonal food events on weekends will be available mid-summer. New to this store are fresh popped popcorn and a coffee bar as you enter the store.

“In 1932, my grandfather opened a roadside produce stand in Lititz, Stauffer said. “As a third generation Stauffer, our company proudly continues to build on this legacy.

The Mount Joy store was formerly one of four Darrenkamp’s grocery stores. The family-owned grocer closed all of its locations in November 2018.

Stauffers ready to open its newest store in former Darrenkamps in Mount Joy

Stauffers’ newest store will open in the former Darrenkamps in Mount Joy. PHOTO / FILES

Completing its expansion into northwest Lancaster County, Stauffers of Kissel Hill announced on its website that its newest store, in Mount Joy Square Shopping Center, will open May 19 at 10 a.m.

The Stauffers Fresh Foods store is on the site of the former Darrenkamps Mount Joy supermarket, which closed in 2018. It is expected have 120 employees.

GCM Inc., Mount Joy, did the renovations.

This 45,000-square-foot grocery will offer fresh produce, a full-service deli, fresh seafood, a meat department with in-house meat cutters, a bake shop with in-house cake decorators, ready-to-eat prepared meals, a large selection of locally sourced products, natural and organic products, bulk foods, imported and domestic cheeses, and gourmet local coffee and teas.

The store, open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., also will include online grocery ordering for pickup and delivery, as well as seasonal under-the-tent weekend food events.

Stauffers is a family-owned business founded in 1932.

In addition to the Fresh Foods store in Mount Joy, the company operates Fresh Foods and Home & Garden Stores in Rohrerstown and Lititz and Home & Garden Stores in Mechanicsburg, Linglestown, Hummelstown, East York and Dover.