Ephrata’s busy business landscape

By on July 30, 2014

Today’s frontpage provides evidence that the Ephrata-area business landscape is changing at a great pace.

As does Google Earth’s satellite map of Main Street, which can’t keep pace with the changes.

The nearly completed, 70-seat McDonald’s restaurant in the Ephrata Marketplace at 854 E. Main St.

The nearly completed, 70-seat McDonald’s restaurant in the Ephrata Marketplace at 854 E. Main St.

Missing is the nearly completed, 70-seat McDonald’s restaurant in the Ephrata Marketplace at 854 E. Main St.

Yet visible on Google Earth are two single homes that were demolished last week between Arby’s and Ephrata Cycle & Sports.

Richard Stauffer demolished the homes last week to make way for an unnamed fast-food chain to open. A former resident relocated from one of the demolished homes claimed the property would soon house a Taco Bell restaurant.

But that is premature, said Stauffer, who has submitted a traffic impact study to PennDOT to redevelop the property into a 2,600-square-foot fast-food restaurant with a drive through.

“I have no clear direction on users at this time, we demolished the property to create opportunities for potential users,” Stauffer texted Monday.

Stay tuned.

• Just up the road, William and Joanne Brown, owners of the new McDonald’s franchise, are on schedule, hiring workers and ready to open in about two weeks, according to Ephrata Township officials.

McDonald’s is holding a hiring day today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The company asks candidates to dress for success and bring a resume as interviews will be conducted on the spot.

• The Browns also own the shuttered McDonald’s on Route 272 in Ephrata Borough. Restoration work on that property has not started since a fire on June 2 caused more than $300,000 in damage.

Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Dustin Shireman determined the fire was accidental, and the Browns are scheduled to meet with Ephrata Borough officials to discuss their plans at the end of the week.

• Phoenix Noodle House, a Vietnamese restaurant is scheduled to open soon at the former 119 E. Main St. location, according to the Ephrata Merchants Association. The restaurant will offer bowls of authentic Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and other Vietnamese dishes. The restaurant plans to offer many signature Banh Mi, or summer rolls, and various flavors of Boba Teas and free WiFi.

• Work could begin soon on a new drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts in front of the Kmart and across from the Wendy’s restaurant on Route 272 and Rothsville Road. The land development plan which also initially included a cell phone store next to Dunkin’, received final approval last year.

The project is awaiting PennDOT approval of a highway occupancy permit, according to Nancy Harris, Ephrata Borough Zoning Officer. The project requires the permit because it seeks to reconfigure the Route 272 entrance way to the former car dealership.

The developer told the borough that the majority of Dunkin’ Donuts’ business is between 6 to 9 a.m. and the retail side of the building typically won’t be opening until after 9 a.m.

Patrick Burns is senior staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.


  1. Aspen

    July 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    It is such a shame homes and land are being destroyed to make room for unhealthy fast food places. How much of Ephrata will even be left by 2020?

  2. Victor

    July 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    This is horrible…

    This should be titled ” Ephrata’s Fast Food Landscape”. We need real businesses that will invigorate the local economy — not more junk food options.

    Linkbait article!

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