The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported last week that Giant plans to open a new 90,000 square foot supermarket in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, while Weis Markets plans to open a 63,000 square foot supermarket nearby. Both supermarkets are planned for Valley Road (near Wertzville Road) - roughly in the northern portion of the developed part of the Township.
If both stores are completed, the number of supermarkets within the Township will double. Hampden is the most populous municipality in Cumberland County.
These plans reflect continued growth in Hampden Township and continued population saturation/expansion in a northern and western direction from the Susquehanna River through Cumberland County. These stores would be part of a trend of development through and near a long strech of Wertzville Road in northern Hampden Township (and northern Silver Spring and other Townships) over the past decade, including office parks, gas stations, retail centers and a school.