York’s One Marketway West, or Bear’s Store, by either name, has long been key part Continental Square

One Marketway West will be transformed into 47 residential units, a restaurant and parking underground for residents. An investor group, that includes David Yohn and his daughter Patricia Will, have bought the One Marketway West building on Continental Square from York County Tuesday June 2, 2015 in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News One Marketway West, associated with York County government in recent years, will be remodeled into about 50 residential units, a restaurant and underground parking, according to a recent York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News story. An investors group acquired the Continental Square building from York County government. But before the building was associated with the county, it was – and still is – linked with Charles H. Bear & Company, one of three major department stores in York city for decades. Also of interest: It’s Bears on Continental Square.

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This is the scene that many York countians remember, when Bear’s sat on that corner of the square. More Bear’s memories on the Only in York County blog.

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Check out seven more photos, new and old, of Bear’s/One MarketWay West below:

First the old … .

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Edith LoBianco of Dallastown seen working at Bear’s Department Store.

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Bear’s Department Store is seen at the northwest corner of the Square, circa 1920. ‘Greater York in Action,’ a late 1960s book, notes that bears opened its door in 1888.

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And now, the new …

Remnants of the Golden Bear will be recycled into the mix. One Marketway West will be transformed into 47 residential units, a restaurant and parking underground for residents. An investor group, that includes David Yohn and his daughter Patricia Will, have bought the One Marketway West building on Continental Square from York County Tuesday June 2, 2015 in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

Reminders of Bear’s are available throughout One Marketway West.

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Patricia Will, left, and David Yohn in the lobby of One Marketway West in an area that will be a resturant. The new entrance will enter on to the clock. The complex will be transformed into 47 residential units, a restaurant and parking underground for residents. An investor group, that includes David Yohn and his daughter Patricia Will, have bought the One Marketway West building on Continental Square from York County Tuesday June 2, 2015 in York  Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

Patricia Will and David Yohn are investors in One Marketway West.

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Current look of One Marketway West where a restaurant will replace the printing business. The complex will be transformed into 47 residential units, a restaurant and parking underground for residents. An investor group, that includes David Yohn and his daughter Patricia Will, have bought the One Marketway West building on Continental Square from York County Tuesday June 2, 2015 in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News A restaurant will replace the printing business now operating in One Marketway West. ‘Greater York’ explained this area: ‘The lower level is occupied by a sound-proof Cafeteria, which is known for delicious home-cooked meal.’

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A view out of one of the windows before replacement. One Marketway West will be transformed into 47 residential units, a restaurant and parking underground for residents. An investor group, that includes David Yohn and his daughter Patricia Will, have bought the One Marketway West building on Continental Square from York County Tuesday June 2, 2015 in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News York’s Continental Square has sustained the loss of many businesses over the years. The work on One Marketway West will be part of its rebirth.

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A view from the roof where there will be a rooftop deck. One Marketway West will be transformed into 47 residential units, a restaurant and parking underground for residents. An investor group, that includes David Yohn and his daughter Patricia Will, have bought the One Marketway West building on Continental Square from York County Tuesday June 2, 2015 in York. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News Another view of Continental Square, from Marketway’s roof, proposed site of deck. Interestingly, the store was enlarged, renovated and modernized inside and out in 1967. That rehab work is happening again almost 50 years later.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

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