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Applebee's targets October opening in Waynesboro

June 16, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Come October, one more thing will separate Waynesboro and Honolulu - an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar.

Construction is scheduled to begin next week on the restaurant in the Rouzerville Commons shopping center, and the target opening is in October, a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail Thursday.

Sixteen countries and every state except Hawaii are home to at least one of the more than 1,800 Applebee's restaurants, Vikki Watson said.

"The staff for a typical restaurant consists of one general manager, one kitchen manager, two or three assistant managers and approximately 60 hourly associates," Watson said.

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The 5,130-square-foot restaurant outside Waynesboro will be company-owned and seat 169, she said.

The first and only other Applebee's in Franklin County, Pa., opened in Chambersburg on Dec. 4, 1995. One hundred or more Applebee's have been opened each year since 1993, according to the company Web site.

With most Applebee's displaying local memorabilia, Watson described them as having a "unique, neighborhood identity."

The largest restaurant in Rouzerville Commons won approval from the Washington Township, Pa., supervisors on March 20, after being delayed by a dispute between the supervisors and developer regarding fees to be assessed on other parcels at the shopping center. Traffic impact fees were not imposed on Applebee's under an agreement reached with Echo Real Estate/Development of Pittsburgh.

The Jan. 20 opening of a Lowe's home improvement store made it the first business to open in Rouzerville Commons, which spurred development of the first stretch of a traffic relief route being built north of Waynesboro. Wal-Mart opened May 17, and a Hollywood Video, Chinese buffet and Rent-A-Center will operate from outparcels.

Development plans for a Sheetz at the corner of Pa. 16 and Washington Township Boulevard, the relief route, have been submitted to the township planning commission and supervisors.

Washington Township Boulevard is complete and open from Pa. 16 to Old Forge Road. Township Manager Mike Christopher said Wednesday that the road could be extended to Gehr Road by the end of 2007.

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