History


What started as a small, general store in the village of Elm in Lancaster County, PA in 1887 has grown into a full-service, multi-generational business with two locations.

Bomberger Family:

1st Generation – Phares Bomberger
2nd Generation – John Bomberger
3rd Generation – Henry Sr. and Roy Sr. Bomberger
4th Generation – Henry Jr. and Andrea Bomberger
– Roy Jr. and Evelyn Bomberger
5th Generation – Dori (Bomberger) and Bob Resch
– Richard and Jenny Bomberger
– Todd and Beth Bomberger
– Emily (Bomberger) and DJ Weaver
6th Generation – Nicole (Resch) and Will Rothenberger

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It all began with Phares Bomberger, an enterprising young man, who at the age of 20, purchased a small trading post known as the John Gable General Store located in the village of Elm, Lancaster County, PA.

6 generations later, Bomberger’s is still committed to maintaining its reputation for personal service and care for the community. Hardworking employees going the extra mile for customers is instilled in the company culture.


Our Story

1951

The linoleum area of the store was expanded and moved upstairs. A barber shop, dry goods area, shoe department and post office were also added.
The linoleum area of the store was expanded and moved upstairs. A barber shop, dry goods area, shoe department and post office were also added.

1972

Several generations and 85 years later, a new store was built on the property, doubling the space and sales of the store. A lawn and garden department was added, along with further expansion of the grocery, hardware, dry goods, gun, insurance and flooring departments.
Several generations and 85 years later, a new store was built on the property, doubling the space and sales of the store. A lawn and garden department was added, along with further expansion of the grocery, hardware, dry goods, gun, insurance and flooring departments.

~1987

Bomberger’s became an Ace Hardware dealer.
Bomberger’s became an Ace Hardware dealer.

2017

Bomberger’s opened a new Ace Hardware location in Annville, PA.
Bomberger’s opened a new Ace Hardware location in Annville, PA.

1887

Phares Bomberger renamed the store Bomberger’s General Store. The store offered everything from bread and milk to hammers and nails. As store sales grew, Phares also opened an insurance agency and a linoleum business in the basement of the building.
Phares Bomberger renamed the store Bomberger’s General Store. The store offered everything from bread and milk to hammers and nails. As store sales grew, Phares also opened an insurance agency and a linoleum business in the basement of the building.

1953

The flooring department expanded to include ceramic tile, vinyl tile and carpet. The expansion required the hiring of several installers to keep up with the business.
The flooring department expanded to include ceramic tile, vinyl tile and carpet. The expansion required the hiring of several installers to keep up with the business.

1980

Bombergers purchased Shotzbergers and became a John Deere dealer.
Bombergers purchased Shotzbergers and became a John Deere dealer.

1994

Bomberger’s celebrated the opening of its brand new store in the picturesque town of Lititz on November 15th. Located just 2 miles from its founding location, the opening of this new store was the culmination of the efforts of many individuals and companies including JC Hale Construction. A large, unoccupied warehouse was successfully converted into a beautiful asset to the community, providing easier accessibility, as well as over 64,000 square feet of retail space.
Bomberger’s celebrated the opening of its brand new store in the picturesque town of Lititz on November 15th. Located just 2 miles from its founding location, the opening of this new store was the culmination of the efforts of many individuals and companies including JC Hale Construction. A large, unoccupied warehouse was successfully converted into a beautiful asset to the community, providing easier accessibility, as well as over 64,000 square feet of retail space.

1887

Phares Bomberger renamed the store Bomberger’s General Store. The store offered everything from bread and milk to hammers and nails. As store sales grew, Phares also opened an insurance agency and a linoleum business in the basement of the building.
Phares Bomberger renamed the store Bomberger’s General Store. The store offered everything from bread and milk to hammers and nails. As store sales grew, Phares also opened an insurance agency and a linoleum business in the basement of the building.

1951

The linoleum area of the store was expanded and moved upstairs. A barber shop, dry goods area, shoe department and post office were also added.
The linoleum area of the store was expanded and moved upstairs. A barber shop, dry goods area, shoe department and post office were also added.

1953

The flooring department expanded to include ceramic tile, vinyl tile and carpet. The expansion required the hiring of several installers to keep up with the business.
The flooring department expanded to include ceramic tile, vinyl tile and carpet. The expansion required the hiring of several installers to keep up with the business.

1972

Several generations and 85 years later, a new store was built on the property, doubling the space and sales of the store. A lawn and garden department was added, along with further expansion of the grocery, hardware, dry goods, gun, insurance and flooring departments.
Several generations and 85 years later, a new store was built on the property, doubling the space and sales of the store. A lawn and garden department was added, along with further expansion of the grocery, hardware, dry goods, gun, insurance and flooring departments.

1980

Bombergers purchased Shotzbergers and became a John Deere dealer.
Bombergers purchased Shotzbergers and became a John Deere dealer.

~1987

Bomberger’s became an Ace Hardware dealer.
Bomberger’s became an Ace Hardware dealer.

1994

Bomberger’s celebrated the opening of its brand new store in the picturesque town of Lititz on November 15th. Located just 2 miles from its founding location, the opening of this new store was the culmination of the efforts of many individuals and companies including JC Hale Construction. A large, unoccupied warehouse was successfully converted into a beautiful asset to the community, providing easier accessibility, as well as over 64,000 square feet of retail space.
Bomberger’s celebrated the opening of its brand new store in the picturesque town of Lititz on November 15th. Located just 2 miles from its founding location, the opening of this new store was the culmination of the efforts of many individuals and companies including JC Hale Construction. A large, unoccupied warehouse was successfully converted into a beautiful asset to the community, providing easier accessibility, as well as over 64,000 square feet of retail space.

2017

Bomberger’s opened a new Ace Hardware location in Annville, PA.
Bomberger’s opened a new Ace Hardware location in Annville, PA.

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