West Shore retail center sells for millions

The Shoppes of Hampden, a 40,000-square-foot retail center at 3608-3760 Market St., Hampden Township, has been sold to Tenny Group Properties LLC.

BizNewsPA reported that the purchase price was $5 million, and the seller was The Shoppes of Hampden LP.

A commercial real estate listing for the strip mall, near Conodoguinet Creek, said traffic averages more than 14,400 vehicles per day in both directions of Market Street.

Tenants at the West Shore property include UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, Fine Wine & Good Spirits (state liquor store), Elements Hairology, Elola Halal Mediterranean Grocery and 3700 Market Restaurant.

NAI CIR’s Craig Rahn and Chris Wilsbach handled the off-market transaction.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Kokomo’s sold, to reopen as sports bar

The former Kokomo’s Sports Bar & Grill, at 691 Yorktown Road, Newberry Township, has been sold for an undisclosed price.

The transaction included the 4,000-square-foot restaurant, the liquor license, a 17-room hotel and additional trailers. The 6.05-acre York County property is along Interstate 83, about 10 miles south of Harrisburg.

The new owners, LaBull LLC and Horn Pub LLC, have plans to reopen as a sports bar, to be known as Horn Pub, while continuing to operate the motel, according to commercial real estate company NAI CIR.

Nik Sgagias, of NAI CIR, represented the seller in the deal. “It was a pleasure working with the buyer, seller and their teams to get this to closing – a team effort,” he said in a statement.

Kokomo’s has been closed for two months. On May 2, this message was posted on its Facebook page:

“… I am very very, very saddened to announce that last night, Kokomo’s closed our doors for the last time, due to lack of staff. Effective immediately, we are closed for business. We have loved every minute of our 7.5 years and wish things were different. Thank you so much to our loyal customers, we will miss you so much. We appreciate and love you more than you know.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Historic Harrisburg office building sold by NAI CIR

An historic office building in Harrisburg that dates to 1887 has been sold by NAI CIR. 

The 7,886-square-foot three-story building is located at 401 N. 2nd St.  

It was sold to Harrisburg Heritage Coworking LLC via Ten-X Auction. According to an NAI CIR press release, the building will be positioned by the buyer as an office property for lease. 

Located within two blocks of the Harrisburg Capital Complex, the building is accessible from I-83 and situated near businesses, government offices, and restaurants. It received the 1986 Preservation Award and is part of the Historic Harrisburg Association.  

Based in Lemoyne, NAI CIR was founded in 1970 and bills itself as Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest exclusively commercial industrial real estate brokerage firm. The company is the Central Pennsylvania representative of NAI Global, an international organization of real estate professionals.

Forging her own Path

Casey Khuri’s route through the commercial real estate world first started in banking in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. 

Today, as vice president at Cumberland County-based NAI CIR, the mother of three has made herself known as a business leader focused on community impact in the greater Harrisburg area. 

After Khuri graduated from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a degree in business administration in 2008, she began working for Commerce Bank, now Metro Bank, as a financial analyst.  

When Khuri reflects on the launch point of her career in the financial sector, she acknowledges that in many ways, 2008 was the worst time to enter the field.  

Khuri became privy to the critical conversations lenders were having with their clients in the midst of major economic shifts. These conversations became formative experiences that Khuri says helped her learn the ropes of building positive client and community relations, a skillset that would become invaluable throughout her career journey.  

After spending one year as a financial analyst and one year as a junior lender, Khuri became a lender, a role she stayed in until leaving Metro Bank in 2015 to pivot into commercial real estate at the family-owned company, NAI CIR.  

Community Impact 

Khuri’s father and president of NAI CIR, Robin Zellers, had dropped hints that he wanted to see Khuri part of the company prior to her leaving Metro Bank.  

Zellers had been involved in the commercial real estate world since before Khuri was in college and she remembers him driving around their community, pointing out commercial spaces that were changing ownership or gaining new tenants, telling stories of what the spaces were and what they would become.  

“Having that experience and history when I was young, I really saw how a company can affect a community, if done right,” Khuri said. “Our company is 50 years young, as we like to say. We’ve been in this world for a while, but we have relationships here that go back that long and those relationships have really been the ones that have helped shape the community.”  

Values of humility, community involvement, and hard work are anchors of Khuri’s career. She said she does not shy away from embracing experiences that would allow her to step into positions of leadership.  

While working at Metro Bank, Khuri became involved with Harrisburg Young Professionals at the encouragement of other lenders at the bank. Khuri, a former Temple University soccer player, started playing sports with other members of Harrisburg Young Professionals. She met the people who led the organization and was encouraged to participate, joining a committee, then the board, and eventually becoming board chair for the organization.  

“I saw what a small young profession not-for-profit could do [without] a ton of resources, but with the resources of people,” Khuri said. “To watch how easy it was to just donate some time and see an immediate impact on the community, I was kind of hooked.” 

In addition to being part of Harrisburg Young Professionals, Khuri holds board positions on some of Harrisburg’s most notable community benefit organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, the Whitaker Center, Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, and Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.  

Khuri possesses a robust understanding of how business can impact a community, and how professionals can leverage their influence and time to build up the places where they live and work. She says this value of community service and contribution was ingrained into her at the onset of her career and is proud to have maintained it as a core value in her work.  

“By being a part of these organizations, I was not only doing good for the community, but I was doing good for the businesses I represented. And you can’t discount that.” 

“She just brings an energy and a focus that is welcome in our industry,” Zellers said. “Her efforts in the community have been very broad and very deep. She is absolutely not intimidated by taking a leadership role [and] she represents our industry and our company extremely well in the community.” 

Growing as a Leader 

With her extensive community involvement and professional experience, Khuri has become a distinguished community leader, as well as an inspiration for other women in business.  

“I walked into the finance world in 2008, and luckily it was 2008, so at least there were women that [had] paved a road for me to walk, but I still walked right into the boys club,” Khuri said. 

“I had confidence in my ability, I knew I was intelligent, I knew I could figure out anything I wanted to figure out,” Khuri said. “But I [knew] that I had to prove myself. I knew that I was a young female in a male-dominated industry.” 

Khuri said she took, the approach of “working harder” to earn the trust of her peers, managers, and clients she was working with at the time, and prove that she could grow into the roles she would eventually inhabit.  

“Your result is going to be what proves you, not the fact that you’re a woman working hard, not the fact that you’re a man trying to work hard…the fact that you’re a person in a role and you’re working hard. I think that’s what people care about the most. Do your job and do it well and that is going to be what elevates you,” Khuri said. 

With the experience of working in male-dominated industries, Khuri has used the insight she has gained to create more equitable platforms for the agents and staff members she leads at NAI CIR, with the aim of cultivating a place where her organization’s stakeholders can succeed.  

As Khuri has progressed in her career and gained leadership experience, she has identified key ingredients that make for positive and impactful leadership.  

“I have found the greatest success with both confidence and humility, and I think most people think that they’re mutually exclusive and they are not,” Khuri said. “When you are confident, you have the courage to lead [but] you have to be humble. [Your] humility will then remind you that you can’t do it alone, and you shouldn’t do it alone,” Khuri said.  

Khuri has seen the value of collaboration and advocacy for fellow professionals firsthand, and seeks to pay it forward in the leadership roles she currently holds.  

“I wouldn’t be where I am at CIR or in any of my board memberships without the people that mentored me. I had women at the bank spread [their] wings to include me intentionally,” Khuri said.  

As a mom of three kids, Khuri is transparent about the acrobatics required to maintain a family, a full-time job, and occupy several board positions.

“It’s not fair to try to do 50% at both of them. It makes sense that sometimes you’re going to give a little bit more to one than to another, but you have to identify that you can prioritize both family and career,” Khuri said. “I hope I’m creating a good example for my kids, especially my daughter, in demonstrating you can do that, but also in giving yourself grace to know that it’s not going to be a perfect balance.” 

Harrisburg property to be converted from commercial to residential

Formerly a mixed-use building and the home of the popular Capital Joe Coffee shop, the 3,728-square foot property at 416-418 Foster St. in Harrisburg has been sold.

The commercial property will be converted into a single-family residential home. 

Chris Wilsbach of NAI CIR represented the seller in the real estate business transaction.

York industrial facility sells for more than $6 million

The sale of a 125,000 square foot York industrial property for $6.3 million has been announced by NAI CIR. 

Located at 333 E. 7th Avenue in York, the property was formerly owned by The Perform Group and most recently served as a manufacturing facility. Fully air conditioned, the property sits on 4.37 acres and offers 39,000 square feet of office, four docks, and a large parking field. 

Representing the seller in the transaction were Robin Zellers and Nik Sgagias of NAI CIR. Based in Lemoyne, NAI CIR was funded in 1970 and is Central Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest exclusively commercial industrial real estate full-service brokerage firm. 

NAI CIR is the Central Pennsylvania representative of NAI Global, global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global has more than 400 offices located in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific. NAI Global manages more than 425 million square feet of property and annually completes more than $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions around the world. 

NAI Global provides a range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services.

Law firm moves, restaurant to open

A 6,688-square-foot office building on 1.2 acres at 3901 N. Front St., Susquehanna Township, sold to Freeburn Law. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Lemoyne-based real estate industrial brokerage firm NAI CIR announced the following recent transactions:

· The former Ted’s Bar & Grille, 103 W. Main St., Annville Township, sold to Pho Bar & Grille LLC. The 10,000-square-foot space will be converted into a pho restaurant. Nik Sgagias, of NAI CIR, represented the seller, and Faraz Cheema, of Coldwell Banker Realty, represented the buyer.

· A 6,688-square-foot office building on 1.2 acres at 3901 N. Front St., Susquehanna Township, sold to Freeburn Law. The firm, which has numerous office locations, will relocate its current Harrisburg office to Front Street. NAI CIR’s Nik Sgagias represented the seller, Mid Penn Bank, and NAI CIR’s Chris Wilsbach represented the buyer.

· A 6,000-square-foot retail space at 2771 Paxton St., Swatara Township, has been leased to 101 Distributers LLC, which will operate as a wholesale distributor of tobacco products, selling in bulk to local convenience and tobacco stores. Amber Corbo, of NAI CIR, represented the landlord, Mike Murphy Rentals, and Frank Messina, of JC Bar, represented the tenant.

· A 9,700-square-foot retail investment property at 5-15 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township, sold to local investor MOLT LLC. It consists of five suites, offering a multi-tenant redevelopment opportunity. NAI CIR’s Amber Corbo represented the seller and NAI CIR’s Nik Sgagias represented the buyer.

Derry Township school complex bought for $5 million

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Hershey bought the 36-acre educational campus at 1531 Sand Hill Road in Derry Township last month from Lancaster Mennonite School. (PHOTO: SUBMITTED) –

The Lancaster Mennonite School of Lancaster County has sold one of its properties to a Dauphin County Catholic church for $5 million.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Hershey bought the 36-acre educational campus at 1531 Sand Hill Road in Derry Township last month from the East Lampeter Township-based private school. Lancaster Mennonite had operated a campus location there before closing the school at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

The campus includes a three-story, 110,550-square-foot educational building that incorporates administrative offices, classrooms, a cafeteria, auditorium and full gym. The site also contains athletic fields and playground areas.

The campus was originally built in 2007 for the Hershey Christian School before Lancaster Mennonite bought it in 2015.

St. Joan of Arc will utilize the campus for the Parish’s school and religious education programming, relocating the current St. Joan of Arc School from Areba Avenue in downtown Hershey for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Started in 1927, St. Joan of Arc School educates children from preschool through 8th grade.

Robin Zellers and Casey Khuri of Lemoyne-based NAI CIR real estate group represented Lancaster Mennonite in the sale, while Amber Branchi of the Howard Hanna Real Estate office in Hershey represented St. Joan of Arc.