Arby's

Construction work on the long anticipated Arby’s on William Penn Highway in Smithfield Township will begin this Thursday, with the project expected finish in the next 8 to 10 weeks.

After nearly a year of no activity at the proposed location of Arby’s, at the former Burger King location on Route 22 in Smithfield Township, there’s something happening once again.

According to contractors, Arby’s will officially be opening soon. It was announced late last year the fast food giant would be returning to Huntingdon.

“We should be finished in 8 to 10 weeks, depending on the weather we could get a little delayed,” said Osman Yazgan, the owner of Itek Constructions out of northern Virginia, which has been contracted to work on the project.

Robert Grimaldi of G141 Architecture, Kenilworth, New Jersey, who is in charge of the project, told The Daily News last year the building will look completely different once it’s done.

“The building will be getting a complete facelift both internally and externally,” Grimaldi said. “It won’t look like a Burger King with a paint job.”

Ed Habbershon, Smithfield Township code enforcement officer, said he had gotten numerous questions as to the state of the project in recent months.

“Everyone should feel relieved; we’re finally getting an Arby’s”, said Habbershon.

Yazgan says they plan to start demolition work to the interior of the building this Thursday after having a construction meeting Monday and putting up a chain link fence around the premises.

“We should start framing soon afterwards and totally rework the interior,” he said.

Arby’s will be returning to its original location, taking the place of the Burger King now relocated at its new location at 6779 Towne Centre Boulevard near Walmart, also in Smithfield Township.

Finally, area residents will again be able to utter Arby’s well-known slogan, “We have the meats.”

The location will come full circle, as the building originally housed an Arby’s restaurant, which was constructed in 1988 and opened to the public in May 1989. Burger King had operated from that location since its opening Dec. 7, 1997.

Nathan can be reached at nwoods@huntingdondailynews.com.

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