New Arby's coming to Chambersburg

September 05, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Development continues along Wayne Avenue, this time with the addition of another fast-food restaurant.

Arby's restaurant is taking over the building at 1099 Wayne Ave., which formerly housed the Roy Rogers fast-food restaurant.

Renovation began last week on the dilapidated brown structure and surrounding overgrown grounds and is expected to be finished by late October, said Greg Wehr, Arby's district manager.

A tentative opening date for the new Arby's is set for Nov. 16.

Arby's is expected to hire between 30 and 50 people to work at the new restaurant, Wehr said. Job applications will be available at the new location in about a month.


When completed, the new restaurant won't resemble the Roy Rogers that was there, Wehr said.

Arby's, owned by Sybra Inc. of Atlanta, is spending more than $500,000 on construction of a small addition to the existing building and the redesign of the exterior and interior, Wehr said.

"We're doing some pretty major remodeling," he said.

Besides the eat-in service, the new Arby's also will have a drive-through.

Sybra officials picked the Wayne Avenue location because of its high visibility, Wehr said.

"The reports we've gotten say it's a good location and a good site since it's next to a shopping area and residential area," he said.

Other Arby's restaurants can be found at the Chambersburg Mall and at John Wayne Drive in Greencastle, Pa.

Sybra Inc. is leasing the building from Pete Plamondon, who owns Roy Rogers restaurants in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md.

Also under construction on Wayne Avenue is a new, 53,000-square-foot Weis Market superstore scheduled to open in November.

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