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Waynesboro business to reopen

August 31, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • John Shindledecker Sr.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A Waynesboro family is working to reopen an iconic downtown business that closed at the end of June.

Waynesboro News Agency, now renamed The News Agency, will be run by the Shindledeckers, with John Shindledecker Sr. serving as the general manager. Renovations are under way at the 91 W. Main St. location.

"Our goal is to be open for Market Day, which is Oct. 2," Tiffany Shindledecker said.

Wayde and Kim Christophel closed the business due to decreased patronage. They ran the small store and restaurant for 14 years, but the business existed in various forms for decades before that. Pictures hanging in the building dated back to 1913.

Tiffany Shindledecker said her father-in-law, John Sr., often took her three children there.

"My youngest son loved going in there for breakfast and sitting with his 'Pap' and his friends," she said.

"The breakfast was out of this world, especially for the price. ... I've been going there all my life, since I was a little kid," John Shindledecker Sr. said.

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Tiffany Shindledecker said the family, which will lease the space, ordered retro-style furniture and new kitchen equipment. They're working with lottery and tobacco officials to return those items to the store.

"We're trying to keep things pretty much the same. We're expanding the menu a little bit," she said, saying the hours also will be expanded.

John Shindlecker Sr. said the back section will be turned into a community room with live music available.

Their discussions about taking over the business started when the Christophels announced the closing, Tiffany Shindledecker said. Main Street Waynesboro Inc.'s economic development director, Patrick Fleagle, acted as a mentor, she said.

Fleagle started going to the Waynesboro News Agency as a child and frequented it for breakfast. He said it's important to "cluster" several restaurants at that intersection to provide a destination for people in search of a meal.

"I'm just looking forward to that first day when people walk in and have that 'wow' factor," Tiffany Shindledecker said, adding that she hopes all the people who say they miss the business help keep it busy.

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