Right now it's just a big, empty building, but soon it will be a new shopping hub in Hanover.

The Amish Markets at Hanover will open in late summer or early fall, and it's expected to be busier than the popular Markets at Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury.

At 1649 Broadway, the markets in Hanover will be easier to get to than those in southern York County, according to Bryan Elicker, a Dover resident working on the project.

"We're right off Route 194, and that road has a traffic count of 13,000 cars a day. We're also at the east end of the Golden Mile in Hanover, and the traffic count there is phenomenally higher than 13,000 cars a day," he said.

But the Amish Markets at Hanover will not be in competition with the Markets at Shrewsbury, Elicker said.

In fact, both markets are largely backed by the same investor, Joe Silbaugh, and are designed to be complementary, he said.

The markets will have different vendors and probably different customers, said Tanya Querry, marketing manager for the new shops.

"Our intent is not to push anybody out. We just want to add options," she said. "There's really nothing like this in Hanover."

The Amish Markets at Hanover will likely receive a lot of Maryland customers, she said.

The building - which once housed Fulton Bank, a warehouse and former dance studio - is still being renovated.

Timing: Once utility lines are fully installed, vendors will begin arriving in late August to set up their stands, Querry said.


The Amish Markets at Hanover is 70 percent leased, she said.

Many vendors can fit inside the 112,000-square-feet building and include produce stands, Stoney Point Farm Market, Cat Hollow Quilting Co., soft pretzels, coffee stands, crafts, Amy's Custom Cakery, Amish baked goods, meat stands and more.

"We don't want to be repetitive, so we're trying to have a wide variety," Querry said.

The Amish Markets at Hanover will probably have a soft opening in September and a grand opening a month later during an October Fallfest.

"We're still in the planning stages," she said.

The event will likely feature events for kids, fall produce, pumpkins and mums, Querry said.

Once the new shopping hub opens, it will host special events monthly, and hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.