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Rutter’s real estate arm buys former Roseville Tavern; convenience store operator mum about plans for site | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Rutter’s real estate arm buys former Roseville Tavern; convenience store operator mum about plans for site | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

After sitting idle since it closed in November 2017, there could soon be activity at the former Roseville Tavern in Manheim Township.

M&G Realty, the real estate arm of convenience store operator Rutter’s, bought the 1-acre property at 1860 Oregon Pike in late December for $675,000, according to county property records.

A spokeswoman for the York-based convenience store operator said she could not confirm if a new Rutter’s was planned at the site. She added that the purchase was made by Rutter’s real estate arm, which operates separately and frequently buys and sells commercial properties.

But in Lancaster County, M&G Realty only owns property where it has stores, including parcels in Leola, Strasburg and Mountville, according to county property records. The Rutter’s outside Marietta is owned by a separate Rutter family partnership.

A Manheim Township official said the zoning at the Roseville Tavern property would allow for a convenience store. The official added that no approvals had been requested for the property. That includes a demolition permit, which would be required to tear down the Roseville Tavern, whose oldest section was built in 1920.

Owned by Helen Trimble, Roseville Tavern closed in November 2017 and then the property was sold in August 2018 for $340,000 to Land Shark Properties III, which resold it to M&G Realty in December.

Along the way, the Roseville Tavern sold its restaurant liquor license to  Sheetz, which acquired it for its store less than a mile away at 1699 Oregon Pike.

Too small for a store?

At just 1 acre, the former Roseville Tavern property would likely be too small for the stores Rutter’s has been building recently in Lancaster County.

The Rutter’s store in Leola sits on 11 acres, the one in Mountville is on 5 acres and the store in Strasburg is on a 4.7-acre site. Rutter’s is also considering a 5.5-acre parcel in Gap, where it has submitted plans for a new, 10,000-square-foot convenience store.

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However, adjacent to the Roseville Tavern site in Manheim Township is the 3-acre property of the now-vacant Stauffers of Kissel Hill grocery store and garden center, which closed in June.

A spokesman for Stobro, the Stauffer family partnership that owns the former grocery store property, did not respond to a message left for comment on whether a sale to Rutter’s is being considered.

Such a sale would not be without precedent. The Rutter’s in Leola, which opened in November 2016, was built on the site of a former Stauffers of Kissel Hill that closed in 2005.

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