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Historic Carlisle funeral home ready for big move

Historic Carlisle funeral home ready for big move

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The crematory is delivered to the new Hoffman Roth Funeral Home and Crematory location at 2020 W. Trindle Road, June 1, 2015.

CARLISLE – With good business comes additional business, and eventually the opportunity to relocate in order to provide better service, even if one’s current home holds sentimental value.

“It’s simple, we ran out of space in our parking lot and our facility, due to the growing demand of serving more families,” said Chris Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Roth Funeral Home and Crematory. “We determined several years ago we needed to expand to adequately serve the community.”

For more than 70 years, the funeral home and crematory was housed within the historic Frederick Mansion at 219 N. Hanover St., but thanks to progressive growth, a reputation of treating people well and word of mouth, the business has outgrown its home.

Add in the evolving demands of funerals and viewings, which include the incorporation of them as “more of a one-time event,” and new needs become evident.

“Funerals and memorial services seem to be all at once, so we need to adequately have enough parking, large enough parlors and facilities to accommodate the large numbers of people that come in,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman Roth is moving to 2020 W. Trindle Road in early September, barring no further complications.

Originally, the transition was set for the spring, but due to issues in attaining permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, striking rock while excavating the site and “a cold winter,” the timeline was pushed back.

Now that things are progressing, however, Hoffman Roth officials are ready to turn the page on a new chapter in the business’s long history.

“Mentally it’s a little hard because this is where I was born, but the time has come, so I’m more than OK with it,” said William Hoffman, vice-president of Hoffman Roth. “This is something I’ve been looking for for a long time; very adequate facilities.”

Michelle Crowley, president and CEO of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, said that Hoffman, whose business is directly across Hanover Street from the chamber, “has kept the history of his business alive, and now they carry-on tradition started so many years ago with their expansion.”

“They have been great neighbors to the chamber at our office for years,” she added. “Bill even knew the history about the owners of our building.”

One of the draws of the new facility, according to Chris Hoffman, is the now-available capability to feed a live-stream over the Internet “for loved ones or families that can’t be in attendance for the funeral, as well as the ability to also stream it out in case of an overflow situation.”

“For our area, outside of a large metropolitan area, this is groundbreaking,” he said.

Hoffman knows the risks, especially the financial risk in moving to such a large and new facility, but he feels it’s worth it.

“It’s a gamble of course, and any business venture is a gamble,” Hoffman said.

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