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New facility planned for Greencastle

July 23, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

New facility planned for Greencastle



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An eight-bay auto service garage under construction in the 200 block of South Antrim Way scheduled to open in September is being built by Ben Thomas, an Antrim Township administrator and his brother, Bob Thomas, a Franklin County Commissioner.

The Thomas brothers bought the 1 1/2 - acre tract from their father in 1997, Ben Thomas said.

The senior Thomas ran Radio Station WKSL in another building on the site from 1967 to 1997. The station was sold to Chambersburg Broadcasting, which moved the operation to Chambersburg, Pa.

When finished, the building will be leased to partners Ken Shreve and Mark Thomas - no relation to the Thomas brothers- who will run it as a NAPA Auto Care Center.

Mark Thomas also owns a string of three auto dealerships in Fulton and two other Pennsylvania counties.

"This will be a neighborhood, independent auto service center," Shreve said. He said market studies showed a need for such a facility in Greencastle. It will employ up to 11 workers once it's up and running, he said.

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Ben Thomas said he and his brother and their wives created a family partnership to build the facility. The Greencastle building is their first venture. Asked if more are planned Thomas said, "We'll take it one step at a time."

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