4/02/2009

Three New Shops at College Row

  • Joe Gardner, general manager of WOW Cafe & Wingery  

Three new businesses will open soon at Campus Crossings-College Row.

WOW Cafe & Wingery is slated to open on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m.

Later this spring, R House Coffee Co. will open at the intersection of College and Harrisburg avenues.

MacHeads, a computer store specializing in Macintosh computer sales and service, will open later this season next to Azura Clothing.

Both R House Coffee Co. and MacHeads are locally owned. WOW Cafe & Wingery has more than 45 locations throughout the United States.

“The addition of these new tenants demonstrates that despite the economic downturn, the Harrisburg Avenue corridor is a growing destination for retail and dining,” said Barry Bosley, associate vice president for administration at Franklin & Marshall College.

Bosley said the three businesses are exactly the types of establishments the College and Campus Apartments hoped to attract when they partnered to develop Campus Crossings-College Row.

With 117 student apartment units and 50,000 square feet of retail space, Campus Crossings-College Row has transformed the College’s north campus into a vibrant, mixed-use community where students, faculty, staff and others from the region live, shop and dine. The creation of a commercial main street continues to energize the Harrisburg Avenue corridor, stimulating not only regional interest in Lancaster, but recruiting interest in Franklin & Marshall College, Bosley said.

Only two retail locations, and a larger retail space designed for a grocery store, remain vacant. Bosley said discussions are ongoing with parties interested in opening a grocery store.

“We’re still hopeful to be able to achieve our original vision to provide a grocer in this location,” Bosley said.

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