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GARY P. KLINGER Review Correspondent
, Staff Writer
Things are really beginning to come together for the area’s newest shopping hot-spot “Ephrata Marketplace,” as earth-moving has given way to fresh new buildings rising from the ground.
Much progress has been made on the shopping center which will become home to a brand new Giant grocery store. But rumors abound regarding what other shops may soon be opening their doors for business.
According to the developer’s Ed Fetter, most of the rumors can now be put to rest. Nine retail stores will be attached to the Giant. All but two of those stores have been leased out. And with one exception, all three outparcel sights by the road have been leased.
The Ephrata Review can now confirm that the following stores plan to open in the strip attached to the new grocery store: Fratelli’s Pizza Shop, Subway, Golden Chicken and Japanese Express Restaurant, Frozen Yo Café, Great Clips, Game Stop, GNC.
“We are in final negotiations with tenants for Lot 4 and the remaining inline spaces,” added Fetter. “Members 1st Federal Credit Union purchased the corner outparcel and is under construction.”
Verizon Wireless and Five Guys Hamburgers will be located next the Members 1st. Starbucks has long been discussed as the third business to be located in that centrally-located mini-strip, however, according to Fetter, that lease has not yet been signed.
“Giant is scheduled to open in mid-November,” stated Fetter. “Many of the other tenants will open along with Giant. Those that do not open with Giant, anticipate opening before the end of the first quarter, 2014.”
In fact, Fetter said he anticipates the entire project to be complete by the end of the first quarter in 2014.
What will be completed much sooner is the roadwork being done along Route 322.
Fetter explained that that aspect of the project would include road-widening, extensive storm water improvements, turn lanes at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and 322, a new traffic signal at Pleasant Valley Road and the installation of curb and sidewalk along the project’s frontage.
There was also good news for commuters.
“The new signal will be coordinated with the signals in front of Wal-Mart and at Bethany Road,” added Fetter. “Ephrata GF, LP has dedicated a significant amount of additional right-of-way along its frontage to the Township for future road widening.”
Gary P. Klinger welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions at email@example.com.
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