A dispute between a gun shop owner and its landlord in Manheim Township reached an abrupt end Tuesday morning when the gun shop was evicted by a state constable.
According to a notice posted at 1020 Dillerville Road — site of the former Gun Gallery — state constable Randall Kreiser “personally evicted” the shop from the premises and turned it back over to owner Themi Sacarellos.
The eviction occurred at 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to the notice.
The action came just over two and a half weeks after Sacarellos requested retrieval of the property following two successful lawsuits against the Gun Gallery for nonpayment of rent.
The Gun Gallery opened in February 2018 to objections from nearby residents, parents and school administrators. Franklin and Marshall College is located about a half-mile away from the now-former gun shop. Lancaster Country Day School is also nearby.
Gun Gallery owner Brian Buecker has not withdrawn an appeal against the last court ruling regarding nonpayment, according to the Lancaster County prothonotary’s office. That ruling found the gun shop owed Sacarellos $9,003 and was followed by Sacarellos' eviction request.
Last year, Sacarellos said he only leased the building to Buecker temporarily while figuring out redevelopment plans on the six acres of land he owns along Dillerville Road and Harrisburg Avenue.
The redevelopment is currently under design by engineers to include a restaurant and a retail space, Sacarellos, who owns the Round the Clock diners in York County, told LNP last month.
Reached by phone Wednesday morning, Buecker declined to answer questions. Sacarellos did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.