mulberry wallet mens Big changes for Lancaster County’s retail landscape
Meanwhile, work began on the Shoppes at Belmont at Fruitville Pike and Route 30 where stores will begin opening early next year.
Construction is also underway on the Crossings at Conestoga Creek, the long delayed shopping center near Long’s Park that will be anchored by a Wegmans.
Tanger Outlets added 123,000 square feet of retail space in early September. More than 20 new stores opened at the East Lampeter Township shopping center, including H Haggar, The North Face, Merrell and Columbia Factory Store.
A handful of stores and restaurants have already opened in the new Lime Spring Square shopping center along Rohrerstown Road between Columbia and Marietta avenues in East Hempfield Township. Instead of a major anchor, the center has many smaller restaurants and retailers. Already opened are Fuddruckers, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Firehouse Subs and Burger King.
In downtown Lancaster, several smaller retailers have opened in the recently revitalized Keppel Building at 323 N. Queen St. including Nicole Taylor Boutique, Telltale Dress and Sophie Stargazer Boutique.
Lancaster County’s first Kmart closed in March, leaving a major vacancy at 1890 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township. The space that occupied HHGregg, which closed in April, remains unoccupied.
Among the other major store closings were The Limited, which closed its store in January at Park City Center in Lancaster city, and Alfred Angelo, which left customers scrambling for bridal dresses after the abrupt closing of its Manheim Township location in July.
New restaurants for 2017 include Cellar on Market, which opened in July near Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, and Primanti Bros., which also opened that month in the Lancaster Shopping Center in Manheim Township.
Bert’s Bottle Shop opened in March at the Millersville Commons shopping center in Millersville, while the community owned Heart Cafe opened the following month in Marietta.
Several ethnic restaurants also made their debut this year in Lancaster city, including Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen on Mulberry Street, Caribbean Wave Jamaican Jerk Restaurant on Chestnut Street and Big 5 African Cuisine on North Plum Street.
Among purveyors of some new drinks were Meduseld Meadery, which opened in June on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster city with its namesake fermented honey drink, and Levengoods of Lancaster, which began making and selling hard cider in June on West King Street in downtown Lancaster. In Lititz, Stoll Wolfe opened a whiskey distillery in October.
The past year saw some new coffee shops enter what is slowly becoming a crowded, local market.
Perkup Co. opened a take out coffee shop in July along Queen Street in downtown Lancaster, three blocks north of where Aura Espresso Room opened in April.
Just west of Lancaster city along Columbia Avenue, Copper Cup opened in April. Blue Line coffee shop opened on the campus of Franklin Marshall College in August.
Coffee Co. opened in December in the former Noodles Co. along Route 30 in Manheim Township. And Lampeter Cafe opened in the namesake village in West Lampeter Township in October.
Competition among grocery store operators continued to heat up during the year, with one longtime grocer shuttering two stores.
In May, Giant closed a store in Manheim Township and one in Lancaster city, prompting some protests from some residents and city officials.
In November, Bravo Supermarket opened a small, independent grocery store in downtown Lancaster.
Also in November, German discount grocer Aldi opened a new store in Ephrata Township, its third in Lancaster County.
Another German grocer, Lidl, is planning one store along Columbia Avenue in East Hempfield Township although it dropped plans for a store along Route 30, near Dutch Wonderland.
For some stores and restaurants, 2017 marked the end of a long run.
In Lancaster city, Cycle Circle closed in September after 33 years. In May, Perfect Image closed a downtown camera shop that had operated since 1944, when it began as Coe Camera.
In Manheim Township, Roseville Tavern closed in November, while Education Station shut its doors in April after 26 years. And Radio Active Repair, an electronics and television repair shop on Manheim Pike, shut its doors after 27 years.