Warfel Construction opens office in Virginia

East Petersburg-based Warfel Construction Co. is expanding into Virginia.

The general contractor announced this week that it has opened an office in Winchester, in the state’s Shenandoah Valley.

Founded in 1911, the company also has a location in Paoli, in addition to its Lancaster County corporate headquarters.

The move into Virginia is being led by Project Executive Steve Davis, accompanied by Director of Preconstruction John Costalas.

“People deserve to be really excited about their construction projects,” Davis said in a release. “A big part of that is the construction partner they are selecting. We’re excited to be able to take our expertise, our passion for their projects, and enthusiasm to see our clients be successful into new areas and new markets.”

Conlan Swope, vice president of operations, added: “We’re pressing into new markets, and we’re serving clients with cutting-edge technology and proven methods. I believe that if we stand firm in maintaining our ‘relationship first’ approach with our clients and others we meet, we’ll be successful in Virginia just as we have been in Pennsylvania.”

Lancaster furniture dealer sells headquarters to local developer 

Benjamin Roberts’ Lancaster headquarters at 232 N. Prince St. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Contract office furniture dealer, Benjamin Roberts Ltd., is set to sell its headquarters of 35 years to the developer of Lancaster’s Stadium Row apartments. 

Lancaster real estate firm Compass Real Estate announced this week that Benjamin Roberts entered an agreement with local real estate developer SDL Devco to sell the 232 N. Prince St. building for an undisclosed amount of money. 

SDL Devco is currently looking to lease the building’s 5,000 square feet of commercial space and 10,000 to 15,000 square feet of warehousing space along Water Street. 

“This property would suit a variety of uses,” said Ben Lesher, president and founder of SDL Devco. “We hope it will complement the many wonderful uses on the block and surrounding neighborhood.” 

Benjamin Roberts purchased the former K&W Tire building in 1984, renovating it for $1 million. The company used the space as both a headquarters and a warehouse until its inventory outgrew the warehousing space and it purchased a separate warehouse at Lancaster’s Rapho Business Park. 

Along with its expanding warehousing needs, the company transitioned to a hybrid office structure during the pandemic, finding that it needs less office space than it did prior to 2020, said Rob Bomberger, owner and president of Benjamin Roberts. 

“As we learned to work hybrid, we required less office space and more warehousing space,” said Bomberger. “The need for office space for us has decreased a little bit. It’s the same conversation we are having with customers.” 

Compass is currently working with Benjamin Roberts to relocate the business. 

Bomberger said he is looking for a space that can operate as both a headquarters and a warehouse. He expects to move into the new space by the end of this year. 

The property is located in Lancaster’s City Revitalization and Improvement, Local Revitalization Tax Assistant and Central Business zoning districts and is a prime conversion or redevelopment site, said Deepa Balepur, principal at Compass. 

“It’s another exciting opportunity to make an impact and investment in the community that I live and work in,” said Lesher. 

Lesher’s first project in the city was the Stadium Row apartments at 816 N. Prince St, located next to Lancaster’s Clipper Magazine Stadium. The 104-unit building was completed last October.  


IDEA Coffee opens second location in Cumberland County  

IDEA Coffee officially opened its second storefront Feb. 12, joining other businesses in the commercial district at Arcona, a Charter Homes & Neighborhoods community in Lower Allen Township. 

The new shop is at 1430 Market House Lane in the Crossroads at Arcona, next to Amore Pizza and SpringGate Vineyard & Brewery. 

IDEA Coffee, established in 2018, also has a location in Charter Homes’ Walden neighborhood in Silver Spring Township. It serves handcrafted food and beverages, including locally roasted Lonely Monk Coffee. 

“Coffeehouses throughout history have always been about local community and the sharing of ideas, so it just made sense for us to work with Charter and establish our shops in Walden and Arcona,” IDEA Coffee’s owner, Josh Willits, said in a release. “We feel right at home working alongside other dynamic local businesses and serving our neighbors, who feel like family.” 

Wellsboro bank opens first Lancaster County office 

C&N, the Wellsboro-based bank, has opened its first office in Lancaster County, at 2098 Spring Valley Road, East Hempfield Township. 

The full-service branch, across from the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health suburban pavilion, is “an important enhancement to C&N’s expansion in the region,” a release noted. 

The bank said the Lancaster office complements its branch on Whiteford Road in York, which debuted in April 2019. 

“This new Lancaster location will be an ideal extension to the team in our York office as we continue to create value for this area’s customers for many years to come,” C&N President and CEO Brad Scovill said in the release. 

C&N, which merged with Covenant Bank in April 2019, has 31 banking and loan production offices in Pennsylvania and New York state. It is a subsidiary of Citizens & Northern Corp., a bank holding company with assets of more than $2.4 billion. 

F&M Trust to open first Maryland office 

Chambersburg-based independent community bank F&M Trust plans to open its first office in Maryland early next year. 

F&M Trust announced this week that it will be opening a new office at 83 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Maryland in 2022. The location is the first F&M Trust community office located outside of South Central Pennsylvania. 

The company currently has 21 community offices in Franklin, Fulton, Cumberland and Huntingdon counties. The company has approximately $1.7 billion in assets. 

The Maryland office is not the only real estate project the bank plans to complete in 2022. 

Earlier this year, F&M Trust completed the purchase of its new 1500 Nitterhouse Drive, Chambersburg headquarters. It purchased the 67,000-square-foot building for $7 million and sold its 20 South Main Street headquarters for $3.3 million. 

F&M is currently operating at the 20 South Main Street headquarters under a lease agreement until its new facility finishes renovations in late 2022. 

Restore opens fifth Pa. medical marijuana dispensary in East Petersburg

Restore medical marijuana dispensary’s new East Petersburg facility opened this month. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Philadelphia medical marijuana dispensary Restore opened its fifth Pennsylvania dispensary in East Petersburg, Lancaster County this month.

The new 5471 Main Street dispensary is at the former East Petersburg location of LLM Motors and features an on-site parking lot, patient rewards program and everyday discounts for first-time patients and U.S. Veterans.

The location is Restore’s fifth location in the Commonwealth, including offices in Philadelphia, Elkins Park, Doylestown and Pottstown.

“We are thrilled to be joining the East Petersburg business community and look forward to continuing our mission of being a dependable, trustworthy and cost-competitive source of medical marijuana, a plant that has had such a positive impact on so many lives across Pennsylvania,” a company statement said.

Restore employs 25 people and plans to hire five more in the near future.

“We always have our eyes out for good candidates and hire on a rolling basis, as our company is constantly growing,” said a spokesperson for the company.

Doceo opens new Lebanon office

Doceo opened a new sales and service center at 604 Cumberland Street, Lebanon. PHOTO/PROVIDED

York technology services company Doceo recently opened a new office in downtown Lebanon.

Doceo, a provider of copiers, printers and IT services with locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, announced on Monday that it opened a new 1,800-square-foot sales and service center at 604 Cumberland Street.

The new office space is in the same building as the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“The decision to expand our presence in Lebanon had been on our radar prior to the pandemic,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Doceo. “Then in February of this year, we decided to make the long-term commitment to (open) an office in downtown Lebanon.”

The Lebanon County office marks Doceo’s 11th location since it was founded in 2004. Doceo first broke into the market as a copier/printer provider and has since expanded to offer managed IT services, disaster recovery, cybersecurity and document management.

Doceo employs 45 people with three working at the new Lebanon office.

Last month, the company relocated its Lancaster County service center from Highland Drive in West Hempfield to 1697 Oregon Pike in Manheim Township.

Harvest opens new dispensary in Camp Hill

Harvest Health & Recreation recently opened its seventh Pennsylvania dispensary in Camp Hill. PHOTO PROVIDED

Harvest Health & Recreation, a Phoenix-based medical marijuana company, opened its seventh dispensary in Pennsylvania this week.

Harvest’s new Camp Hill dispensary, located at 3401 Hartzdale Dr., is one of 15 medical dispensaries the company is authorized to open through five different permits that it currently holds through the state Department of Health.

The new location comes almost a year after Harvest opened its Harrisburg facility at 2500 N. 6th St.

Harvest operates dispensaries in Reading, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Scranton and Cranberry Township, Butler County. The company has dispensaries in six different states.

“We are thrilled to open our seventh location in Pennsylvania, one of the fastest-growing medical markets in the U.S.” said Steve White, CEO of Harvest. “We look forward to serving patients and providing quality products at this new location in one of our core markets.”

Harvest still has eight dispensaries that it can open in the state but doesn’t expect to open any more facilities until next year, according to a Harvest spokesperson.

The Camp Hill dispensary is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Opening new dispensaries has been particularly difficult during the pandemic, according to Christine Hersey, a spokesperson for Harvest.

“There are always challenges with opening new locations such as permitting or regulatory approvals or staffing and some of those tasks were made more difficult due to the pandemic but our team has done a great job working through those issues to bring this location and others online,” Hersey said.

WellSpan opens first eye care center

WellSpan Health opened WellSpan Eye Center at the Apple Hill Medical Center in York Township on Monday. The practice is WellSpan’s first eye center and will provide optical testing, surgical lasers and an optical shop for glasses and contact lenses.

“Our goal at WellSpan Health has always been to deliver value based, quality health care that focuses on the whole person and the new WellSpan Eye Center is another important step in achieving that goal,” said Victoria Diamond, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital.

WellSpan Eye Center is located at 25 Monument Road., Suite 297– previously the home of Apple Hill Eye Center, which closed on Saturday.

Three optometrists will be joining WellSpan Eye Center from Apple Hill– William Drusedum, Katherin Homa and Colleen Rae-Jenkins.