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Macy’s, Sonic Drive-in, Regal Great Escape, and more than 75 other businesses that closed in central Pa. in 2020

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 1/5/2021 Daniel Urie, pennlive.com
a car parked on the side of a building: The Lenox Factory Outlet store is closing. © Daniel Urie | durie@pennlive.com/pennlive.com/Daniel Urie | durie@pennlive.com The Lenox Factory Outlet store is closing.

It was a difficult year for both small and large businesses here in the midstate and across the country.

In March, nonessential businesses were forced to closed their doors due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown due to COVID-19. And when they were able to reopen months later, restrictions followed. And the hesitancy of people to shop as usual during the pandemic has changed the ways some businesses operate.

Several banks are closing branches as their customers have changed the way they bank. Downtown Harrisburg businesses have been hit hard as many of their daytime customers are working from home. Restaurants and bars are finding it hard to break even as they have faced capacity restrictions and a second indoor dining ban. Several warehouses and plants have also closed or moved since the pandemic began.

Below are more than 75 business locations that have closed in 2020 or will close soon in the midstate. We are maintaining a list of closings, so if you’re aware of any not on the list, please e-mail us at business@pennlive.com.

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These business locations have closed or are planning to close:

Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In closed three locations in Lancaster County and one location in Berks County in December. The closing were part of 10 locations that closed in the state after the franchisee could not find a buyer.

The locations were at:

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Francesca’s

Francesca’s

A women’s clothing retailer, Francesca’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is closing more than 230 stores, including a store in Susquehanna Township. The company announced previously that it would close 140 of its 558 stores. And it has since said it will close an additional 97 stores. Francesca’s has not publicly announced the locations for the first set of closings but it has announced the locations of the second set of closings. The store at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace, 2617 Brindle Drive, will close, although it’s not clear when.

Wolf Furniture

The Wolf Furniture store at 4661 Lindle Road in Swatara Township, near Sheetz and Chick-fil-A and across from the High Pointe Commons shopping center, closed on Nov. 30. Michigan-based Art Van Furniture, the owner of Wolf Furniture filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 8.

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Riverview Bank

Riverview Bank will consolidate two of its offices. The bank will close the two branch offices at 3556 Gettysburg Road in Lower Allen Township and at 920 E. Wiconisco Ave. in Tower City in Schuylkill County. The closings will take place in the first quarter of 2021, pending regulatory approval. Customer accounts of the Tower City Office will be transferred to Riverview’s office at 34 S. Market St. in Elizabethville, while those accounts of the Camp Hill Office will be transferred to Riverview’s office at 500 S. State Road, Marysville. The bank said that closures are part of the company’s ongoing efficiency initiatives, which began in 2019.

a sign on the side of a building: The Sonic Drive-In on Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township closed in 2019. © Teresa Bonner | tbonner@pennlive.com/pennlive.com/Teresa Bonner | tbonner@pennlive.com The Sonic Drive-In on Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township closed in 2019.

Fulton Bank

The Lancaster-based company will close four of its 51 branches in central Pennsylvania on Jan. 8. The four branches are located in Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

a house that has a sign on the side of a road: MoviE-Town Cinema has announced it has closed permanently. © Chris Mautner | cmautner@pennlive.com/pennlive.com/Chris Mautner | cmautner@pennlive.com MoviE-Town Cinema has announced it has closed permanently.

Those branches are located at:

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DRiV Inc.

DRiV Inc.

Illinois-based DRiV Inc., which is a division of Tenneco, is closing its facility at 20 Leo Drive in Manchester Township, York County and moving operations to Tennessee.

“The company announced (in November) the decision to close its York, Pennsylvania, Distribution Center.,” Driv Inc. said in a statement. “This decision is due to the current business environment in combination with the need to move to a more centralized business distribution model. The closure is effective February 28, 2021. It is important to emphasize that the decision was based on economic realities and in no way, reflects the performance of the York, Pennsylvania Distribution Center. The employees at this location have worked diligently to successfully satisfy our aftermarket customers.”

Muscalus Furs

Muscalus Furs is expected to close in February after around 51 years in business. The store opened in a small shop on Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township in 1969. Seven years later, it moved across the street to its current location at 4669 Jonestown Road. While owner Ron Cohle is closing the retail store, he only plans to semi-retire. He will continue to provide the storage, cleaning and repair aspects of the business. He has a climate-controlled vault for storage at a different location and he will have pick-up locations at boutiques. More information on the boutiques will be announced at a later time.

Studio B Power Yoga

Studio B Power Yoga closed its studio in Annville.

Flamingo Grille

One of Harrisburg city’s landmark restaurants closed due to a drop in business related to the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of October the Flamingo Grille at 317 Market St. closed.

Olivia’s Tea Room

Olivia’s at 1959 Market St. in Camp Hill had hosted birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, book clubs and scout groups. The tea room also sold American Girl Doll clothing as well as handmade doll furniture. In addition, it carried tea sets, gift baskets and house tea blends. The tea room closed last year.

Wardecker’s Menswear

Wardecker’s Menswear, a family-owned men’s fashion store in Carlisle in operation since 1901, closed last year.

River Bend Hop Farm and Brewery

A Perry County brewery and hop farm has shut down operations. Owners of the three-year-old River Bend Hop Farm and Brewery at 1800 Lower Bailey Road in Newport made the announcement Nov. 6 on its website and Facebook page.

Pet Valu

Pet Valu announced in November the closing of all of its U.S. stores. There were several Pet Valu stores in central Pennsylvania, including shops in the Hummelstown, Lemoyne, Harrisburg and Palmyra areas.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates did not reopen its store after the Colonial Park Mall reopened in June after closing due to the state’s shutdown in March. The store was located in the Boscov’s wing of the mall.

The Shining Light Thrift Shop

The Shining Light Thrift Shop at 1310 N. Third St. in Harrisburg closed.

Regal Great Escape

The owner of the Harrisburg Mall said in court documents that it terminated Regal Great Escape Harrisburg Mall’s lease in October.

BCB Rossmoyne

On a Facebook post, BCB Rossmoyne owners said as of Dec. 28, the restaurant at 4302 Louise Drive at the Rossmoyne Business Center in Lower Allen Township is permanently closed due to impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

Bricco

The restaurant at 31 S. Third St. in Harrisburg closed on Nov. 21. One of the owners, said COVID-19 and the operating restrictions placed on the restaurant industry have made it impossible to operate profitably, despite help from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. The restaurant opened in 2006 and collaborated with the Benjamin Olewine III School for Culinary Arts at Harrisburg Area Community College as a hands-on training platform for culinary students. Throughout the week, culinary students worked alongside Bricco’s professional staff.

Stein Mart

The Florida-based chain opened the Hampden Township location on Oct. 19, 2017 when it was the first of four major retailers to open on a redeveloped K-mart site that would eventually also include HomeGoods, Marshalls and Hobby Lobby. The 36,000-square-foot store is located at 5600 Carlisle Pike. Stein Mart is closed all of its stores after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August.

Macy’s

Macy’s announced in February that it would close 125 stores over three years, according to USA Today. Among the first 30 stores closing included the store at the Harrisburg Mall. The Macy’s opened at the mall along Paxton Street in 2006. It was one of largest mall department stores in the area.

Pier1 Imports

The chain closed its store on Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township earlier this year before it announced that it was closing all of its stores including stores in Camp Hill and Lancaster.

New York & Company

New York & Company announced this past summer it was closing all of its stores including stores at the Harrisburg Mall in Swatara Township, the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township and at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace in Susquehanna Township.

Catherines

Catherines closed all of its stores including a store at the Paxton Towne Centre at 5125 Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township.

GameStop, Victoria’s Secret, Justice, Tumble Town, Pizza Zone and Cupboard Maker Books

All of these tenants permanently closed their locations at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township after the mall closed temporarily due to the state shutdown.

Justice

Justice announced this past summer it was closing 35 stores in the state including stores at the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township; The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg in Mount Joy Township, Adams County; the Park City Center in Lancaster; at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County and at 2819 Concord Road in Springettsbury Township, York County, according to USA Today. Previously, a store at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township closed. Justice later announced that it was closing all of its stores by January.

Chuck E. Cheese

CEC Entertainment, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 24. As of that date there were 266 company-operated Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurant and arcade venues. Chuck E. Cheese announced the closing of 45 locations including a location in the Lancaster, according to USA Today.

Kmart

Transformco, the owner of Kmart said in November 2019 that it would close 45 Sears stores by February 2020 including stores in the Lebanon and Ephrata areas.

Brooks Brothers

The Brooks Brothers store at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg has permanently closed, according to the company website.

Mid Penn Bank

Mid Penn Bank closed its branch in Pillow, Dauphin County at 193 Market St.. It will consolidate the branch into an existing branch that has not been been publicly announced yet. The bank will maintain the ATM at that location.

Northwest Bank

Northwest Bank closed about 20 percent of its branches last year. The bank, which is based in Warren in Warren County in western Pennsylvania closed 42 of its 205 full-service offices as well as one free-standing drive-through and one business office. The bank did not publicly announced which locations will close. Northwest Bank had 22 locations within 43.5 miles of Harrisburg with locations in Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, York counties, according to its website.

Lane Bryant

Women’s clothing retailer, Lane Bryant closed several stores this past summer in Pennsylvania, including the store at the Shoppes at Belmont shopping center at 1575 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township, according to USA Today.

Dentsply Sirona

Dental products manufacturer, Dentsply Sirona has announced it is closing a manufacturing facility in York County. Dentsply Sirona plans to close the facility in York at 470 College Avenue this year. And while about 270 of the facility’s employees will be able to relocate to other area facilities in York and Lancaster counties, about 200 employees will be laid off. The move comes after the company said it conducted a comprehensive review of its businesses. It said that amid a shift in demand towards digital, the company plans to discontinue a select range of traditional/analog laboratory products that it said is no longer competitive. The company is exiting the traditional orthodontics business, which includes brackets, bands, tubes and wires and is transferring a portion of its traditional orthodontic assets to support the ramp up of its clear aligner business, which it said is experiencing strong revenue growth.

GNC

GNC announced this summer that it is closing 33 stores in Pennsylvania. The 33 store closings include locations at the York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township, York County; the Park City Center in Lancaster; Windsor Commons in Windsor Township, York County near Red Lion; Newberry Pointe in Newberry Township, York County and at Wayne Avenue Plaza in Chambersburg, Franklin County.

Georges Flower Shop

The 110-year-old business in Carlisle closed it doors permanently in August. The store had been at its current spot at Pitt and G Streets since 1949. One of the co-owners said that the closing was not related to COVID-19.

QVC

More than 1,100 people will be laid off from a distribution center in Lancaster County after the distribution center closes. The company began the layoffs on July 1 as QVC is permanently closing and ceasing all operations at its distribution center at 1000 Stony Battery Road in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. The closing is not related to COVID-19. The closing of the distribution center was first announced by the shopping network’s parent company, the Qurate Retail Group back in October of 2018. At the time, the company announced the closing of the QVC fulfillment center in East Hempfield Township, an HSN fulfillment center in Roanoke, Va., and a temporary fulfillment operation in Greeneville, Tenn. But, said all three would remain in operation until a new center in Bethlehem was fully operational. The new facility in Bethlehem began operations with limited shipments from the facility in 2019.

G.H. Bass

G-III Apparel Group Ltd. announced this past summer that it was closing all of its 89 G.H. Bass stores, according to Chain Store Age. G.H. Bass stores include stores at Tanger Outlets Hershey and the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.

Portrait Innovations

The company abruptly closed in January 2019 and had more than 100 locations, according to WFMZ-TV. There was a location at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace in Susquehanna Township.

Wilsons Leather

G-III Apparel Group Ltd. announced this summer it was closing all 110 of its Wilsons Leather stores, according to Chain Store Age. The company had stores at Tanger Outlets Lancaster, Tanger Outlets Hershey and the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.

A.C. Moore

A.C. Moore closed all of its 145 stores including a store on Union Deposit Road in Lower Paxton Township and a store on the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.

Motherhood Maternity

Motherhood Maternity closed its store at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township.

JCPenney

J.C. Penney announced in June it would be closing its store at 1155 Carlisle St., Hanover.

Sears Optical

Luxottica closed all of its Sears Optical stores on Feb. 1, including a store at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township.

Tuesday Morning

Discount retailer, Tuesday Morning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. The company at the time said it expected to permanently shutter 230 of its 687 locations and said it would be closing “underperforming stores” over the summer. The stores to close included those at the Carpet Mart Plaza in Hampden Township and Colonial Commons shopping center in Lower Paxton Township, according to a list published by CNBC.

Victoria’s Secret

L Brands plans to close 250 Victoria’s Secret stores in the United States and Canada, according to USA Today. Among the closings include a store at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township and a store at the Lebanon Valley Mall.

Gamestop

The Gamestop closed at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township.

Strawberry Gifts

The Hallmark store at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg closed on July 31. It had been open since 2016. Hallmark stores had been in Strawberry Square since 1979.

Williams Sonoma

Home furnishings retailer, Williams Sonoma is closing its store in Lancaster, according to a report. The retailer will be closing its store at the Park City Center store on Jan. 24, according to Lancasteronline. The 6,200-square-foot store opened in 2007 when the mall debuted its Fountain Shoppes, the report said. The Fountain Shoppes are a strip of retail stores with outside entrances.

Factory Direct Mattress and Sofa Outlet

Factory Direct Mattress and Sofa Outlet at the Shops @Rockvale in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County at 35 S. Willowdale Drive will close in August.

Orrstown Bank

Orrstown Bank announced that it will consolidate six branches. One branch is in Cumberland County, two are in Lancaster County and three are in Maryland. The branches that will be closing by the first quarter of 2021 include the following midstate locations: 22 S. Hanover St., Carlisle; 1400 Gilbert Way, Suite 101, Manheim Township and 2098 Spring Valley Road, East Hempfield Township.

Modern Jewelers

Modern Jewelers at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg closed on Dec. 30 after 23 years.

“We thank you for your business, love and support over the last 23 years!” the owners of Modern Jewelers said on the company’s Facebook page.

Lenox

The Lenox Factory Outdoor store announced that it was closing at the Shops @Rockvale in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, along Route 30 at 2460 Lincoln Highway East.

Bagel Lovers

Bagel Lovers at Strawberry Square has closed.

“We would like to extend well wishes to Joe & Joanne Berlin, owners of Bagel Lovers,” Strawberry Square said on its Facebook page. “They have retired their business and closed their Strawberry Square location after 26 years of business.”

Subway

The Subway at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg has closed.

“It is with a good deal of sadness that we wish farewell to the Subway restaurant in the food court at Strawberry Square,” Strawberry Square said on its Facebook page. “After nearly 20 years in business, franchise owner Brad Welsch is retiring and closing this Subway location for good.”

Fitness U

Fitness U at Strawberry Square has announced that it has closed. The 12-year-old gym closed on June 1.

“We have greatly appreciated the opportunity to be your fitness family during the past 12 years,” the gym said in a note on its website and Facebook page. “Unfortunately, due to the current situation and the ongoing uncertainty due to the Covid 19 pandemic, FitnessU will not be reopening and will close permanently as of Monday, June 1, 2020.”

Curation Foods

Curations Foods closed its York County plant in September. The 65,500-square-foot cold storage facility produced packaged salads and vegetables and the company plans to sell the building and related assets.

Blosser’s Brew-Thru

Blosser’s Brew-Thru, a beverage sales and distributer at 222 E. High St. in Carlisle, has closed, according to the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities.

Power Train Gym

Power Train Gym closed its doors at 30 E. Granada Ave. in Derry Township on Oct. 16 after five years at that location.

Bunzl

Bunzl Retail Services’ facility at 155 Kriner Road in Guilford Township, Franklin County, closed in July. Bunzl supplies a range of products including outsourced food packaging, disposable supplies, and cleaning and safety products to food processors, supermarkets, non-food retailers, convenience stores and others. Its U.S. headquarters is located in St. Louis.

Bald Hills Distillery

Bald Hills Distillery, based in Dover Township, closed at the end of May. The distillery said there were a number of reasons for the closing, but the most important reason was the impact of COVID-19. The distillery was located at 5061 Carlisle Road in Dover Township.

Teleplan

Teleplan, a global provider of after-market electronic repair services, closed its service center at 6350 Brackbill Blvd. in Hampden Township on July 10 and its operation was transferred to a facility in Texas. The company provides services for the computing, communications and consumer electronics industries.

Iron Fit Gym

Iron Fit Gym in Lititz closed in May permanently after six years in operation. The fitness center was located at 105 Warwick Street in Lititz. The gym offered classes, personal training, kickboxing and other programs, according to its website.

Papillon

The salon in Lemoyne closed permanently back in May during the state’s shutdown of nonessential businesses. Papillon was located at 829 State St. in Lemoyne.

Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes closed its facility at 305 Butterfly Commons Drive in Springettsbury Township. The planned closure was not related to COVID-19 as the plans were in place to shift operations to New Jersey and California long before the pandemic. The company provides e-commerce, financing, shipping and mailing services.

MoviE-Town Cinema

MoviE-Town Cinema in Elizabethtown closed back in April due to COVID-19.

OfficeMax

OfficeMax closed its store at 650 E. High St., Suite 600, in Carlisle, on May 16.

JoAnn Fabrics

The store closed in March at the Point at Carlisle Plaza in Carlisle.

Rock Bass Grill

Rock Bass Grill in Wormleysburg closed on Sept. 7.

Crave the Food

The restaurant at 4010 Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township closed on Aug. 23.

Grilled Cheese Plus

Grilled Cheese Plus on Walnut Street in Harrisburg had remained closed throughout the coronavirus pandemic since March 17. In September, the restaurant announced that the doors would remain closed to the public indefinitely.

Boro Bar & Grill

The restaurant in Hummelstown announced that the location closed on Sept. 27.

Hershey Road Family Restaurant

The restaurant in West Hanover Township closed on on July 31 after an eight-year run.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea

In July, the Pennsylvania-based chain closed its restaurant at 840 N. Hanover St. in Elizabethtown.

Jukebox Diner

Jukebox Diner in Cumberland County known for its 50s theme closed at 4890 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township.

Bliss Crepery

After three years in business, Bliss Crepery at 14 Briarcrest Square in Derry Township closed.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Applebee’s closed locations at 4401 Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township and 6055 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township earlier this year.

Bagel Lovers

The popular Strawberry Square stop for coffee and bagels closed. The owners retired. The Bagel Lovers at 2237 Paxton Church Road in Susquehanna Township remains open.

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