JPMorgan Chase opens first Central Pa. branches

JPMorgan Chase has officially expanded its footprint into Central Pennsylvania.

The bank opened full-service branches July 6 at 10 S. Second St., Harrisburg, and 4700 Jonestown Road, Lower Paxton Township.

JPMorgan will cut the ribbon at the downtown Harrisburg branch July 25, which will be proclaimed “Chase Bank Day” in Dauphin County.

A press release announcing the ribbon cutting said the Second Street branch combines “a modern design, layout and state-of-the-art banking technology, reflecting how customers engage with Chase today. Employees welcome customers in casual meeting spaces, emphasizing a more consultative approach with personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing.”

Self-service transaction areas are available, too, including a digital access bar, indoor ATM, outdoor 24-hour ATM, drive-thru ATM and night depository. The branch also features Chase teller services and free Wi-Fi.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Philadelphia Business Journal reported last year that the Central Pennsylvania locations would be a loose bridge to JPMorgan’s Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets, where dozens of branches have opened. Michele Lawrence, divisional director of network expansion, said in a statement at the time:

“We credit our real estate team for continually identifying opportunities in the marketplace, that enable us to have bank branches as well as ATMs. We are excited to have a presence in the state’s capital serving the community through banking needs as well as Financial Health Workshops. We are looking forward to working with community leaders and key stakeholders on building a stronger economy.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Rally House to open in Chambersburg Crossing

Rally House, the national sports and merchandise retailer, is opening its first location in the southcentral portion of the state, with Rally House Chambersburg Crossing coming this summer.

Fans in this region of Pennsylvania will have fun browsing teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pitt Panthers, Penn State Nittany Lions and more. The store will carry authentic apparel, hats, accessories and collectibles from popular brands like Nike, Mitchell & Ness, New Era and Adidas.

Along with a broad selection of sports apparel and local merchandise, this new Rally House store will also bring jobs with leadership potential, a release said.

Rally House Chambersburg Crossing has open positions like store manager, assistant store manager, assistant manager in training and sales associate. Interested candidates can browse openings and apply today by visiting rallyhouse.com/careers.

Rally House and Sampler Stores Inc. is a family-owned specialty boutique that offers a large selection of apparel, hats, gifts and home décor representing local NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS teams in addition to locally inspired apparel, gifts and food. Based in Lenexa, Kansas, Rally House operates 150-plus locations across 16 states.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Nissin Foods USA expands Lancaster County plant to meet consumer demand

Nissin Foods USA announced the completion of a multi-million investment made at its East Hempfield Township manufacturing facility to meet “the unprecedented consumer demand for its portfolio of instant ramen products,” according to a release.

Nearly 60% of Nissin Foods’ products, including Top Ramen and Cup Noodles, are made at the Lancaster County plant on Hempland Road; the new manufacturing investments for the company’s premium products have increased output by 15%.

The company has invested significantly in expanding the facility’s workforce to meet growing demand by increasing employee headcount by 15% from 2021-2022. Since the operation started there in 1978, the workforce has grown from nearly 150 employees to over 550 employees, including full-time and temporary employees stationed at the plant and Lime Spring.

“Since opening our Lancaster facility 45 years ago, the plant continues to serve as the engine that drives the majority of the business’ production success, which is a testament to our skilled workforce,” Michael Price, president and CEO of Nissin Foods USA, said in the release. “We continue to see an increase in consumer consumption of our products and brands due to their convenience, taste and value. As the category experiences unprecedented growth, we made the necessary decision to invest millions in new equipment, infrastructure and personnel to meet demand.”

Earlier this month, Nissin Foods USA reported a 41% sales increase in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Target to open store in North Cornwall Township

Target will celebrate the grand opening of its store at 1745 Quentin Road, North Cornwall Township, on Nov. 6.

This is the first Target in Lebanon County, though the national retailer has a number of other stores in central Pennsylvania.

According to a company spokesperson, the approximately 117,000-square-foot Lebanon Quentin Road Target – at the site of a former Kmart, next to Lowe’s Home Improvement – will create around 200 jobs. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

“We’re excited to bring the joy of Target to new guests and help them discover a unique shopping experience tailored to the needs of the Lebanon community,” store director Erin Blackwell said in a statement.

“We offer a wide assortment of Target’s top owned and national brands spanning across home décor, apparel and much more, as well as a convenient CVS pharmacy and Starbucks location. Guests can also shop on their own terms with our easy, contactless and industry-leading drive up, order pickup, and same-day delivery with Shipt services – ready within a couple of hours with no membership required for the easiest shopping experience in retail.”

The spokesperson said Target has donated millions in cash and products in the greater Lebanon region, including 1.1 million pounds of food to local food banks.

Target operates almost 2,000 stores nationwide, and plans to open 30 additional stores this year.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Mid Penn Bank to open financial center in Allentown

Mid Penn Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mid Penn Bancorp Inc., is opening a financial center in Allentown, its first full-service financial center in the Lehigh Valley.

A ribbon-cutting is being held today.

The new office, at 3900 Hamilton Blvd. in the Shops at Hamilton Center, received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

“We are pleased to announce our plans for continued growth in the Lehigh Valley market and are excited to bring this modern and convenient facility to our existing customers,” Region President Frank Heston said in a release. “We also look forward to welcoming new individuals and businesses from the region to Mid Penn and our brand of banking.”

The bank is completing renovations of the new facility, which will feature multiple drive-thru lanes. Customers will be able to conduct traditional banking and account servicing, and have access to trust, wealth management and insurance products.

The office will also house regional commercial lending and cash management teams, led by Heston. Manager Mary Briody has been hired to oversee retail activities and day-to-day operations.

Mid Penn Bancorp Inc., the parent company of both Mid Penn Bank and MPB Financial Services Group LLC, operates retail locations in 16 counties throughout the state and has total assets of more than $4.3 billion.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Donut shop to open in Hanover, two clothing stores in York close

A new doughnut shop is coming to Hanover while two clothing stores are shutting their doors in downtown York.

Amy R. Lovisone said in an email that she hopes to open Decked Out Donuts in December at 1185 High St., Hanover, if permits and construction go as planned.

In an earlier Facebook post, she said, “This is something we have dreamed about for years and are blessed to now have the opportunity to turn that dream into a reality.”

Lovisone said in her email, “We will be making mainly yeast raised donuts, but will also have old-fashioned donuts, cake donuts and a variety of … cookies, brownies, blondies and cinnamon rolls, all made fresh, very early every morning! We will also be offering different varieties of gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free goodies, too.”

Also, in York city, The Boutique at m.elene and Mason Lee, at 21 and 17 S. Beaver St., respectively, have closed.

Owner Molly Halbert announced the news on Facebook and said that the original m.elene store at 22 S. Beaver St. “will now offer new and vintage goods, while continuing to share its beautiful building and courtyard for events and community engagement.”

Halbert said in the post that she wants to devote more time to her children. “I will continue to be an active supporter of our incredible community, striving to further grow and develop the City of York. … I am beyond grateful for those who have supported me in making this very difficult decision. I am a small business owner, a teacher and, most importantly, a mother. Thank you to everyone for making this chapter in our story so very special. I am looking forward to seeing what our next chapter has to offer.”

In more York County business news, children’s resale clothing franchise Kid to Kid opened a store Sept. 29 at West Manchester Town Center, along with Uptown Cheapskate, its sister store for teens and young adults.

This is Kid to Kid’s second York location. The first is at 180 Leader Heights Road.

The Kid to Kid website said that one item of clothing returned to the circular economy reduces its carbon footprint by 82%.

Since its founding in 1992, the franchise has expanded to nearly 100 locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

PAM Health to construct first rehab hospital in Pa.

Enola-based PAM Health announced plans Thursday to build a freestanding 42-bed physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital in Mechanicsburg, its first inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the state.

Overall, the Mechanicsburg facility will be the fourth PAM Health hospital in Pennsylvania, including long-term acute care specialty hospitals in the Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh and Beaver areas.

Construction of the hospital is expected to begin in early 2023, with opening projected for 2024.

“Central Pennsylvania is an ideal location for a PAM Health hospital,” Anthony Misitano, chairman, founder and CEO of PAM Health, said in a release. “We look forward to adding a hospital where our employees and their families live and work so we can provide high-quality inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation option to our friends and neighbors in the region.”

The new hospital will assist patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes and other neurological disorders, amputations, and other orthopedic and post-surgical conditions.

Misitano said the location, near other hospitals and “in the heart of the growing health care center of the Capitol region,” will enable PAM Health to work seamlessly with those hospitals in transitioning patients who require inpatient rehabilitation.

PAM Health provides specialty health care services through more than 70 long-term acute care hospitals and physical medicine and rehabilitation hospitals, as well as wound clinics and outpatient physical therapy locations, in 17 states.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Curaleaf opens cannabis dispensary in Lancaster

Curaleaf Holdings Inc., a Wakefield, Massachusetts-based international provider of cannabis consumer products, announced Thursday the opening of its first Lancaster dispensary, at 1440 Manheim Pike.

The company’s fifth retail location to debut in Pennsylvania this year, Curaleaf Lancaster expands Curaleaf Holdings’ presence to 17 branches in the state and 134 nationwide. More sites are planned in 2022 as well.

Curaleaf Lancaster offers a curated selection of products across its brand portfolio. Patients choose from a variety of premium cannabis products, including Select Elite, Select Elite Live, Grassroots full-spectrum and strain-specific RSO, Grassroots full-spectrum and strain specific RSO capsules, Grassroots pre-packaged flower, Curaleaf pre-packaged flower, Grassroots concentrates and Grassroots THC tablets.

Following the June 16 soft opening, a grand opening event will be held June 23. The celebration will feature a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. and vendor pop-ups from noon to 2 p.m.

Curaleaf also made a $5,000 donation to the Lancaster County Food Hub to commemorate the new dispensary.

“Pennsylvania has become one of the fastest growing medical markets in the nation and we are proud to be able to widen access to patients across the state,” Matt Darin, CEO of Curaleaf, said in a release. “Curaleaf Lancaster … will allow us to introduce ourselves to new communities while supplying quality products and helping patients make informed decisions about incorporating medical marijuana into their lives.”

In addition to the Lancaster location, Curaleaf operates central Pennsylvania dispensaries in Gettysburg, Harrisburg and Lebanon.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer.