Sheetz Breaks Ground on Distribution Center in North Carolina

Burlington facility will support total of nearly 80 stores planned for Tar Heel State

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Sheetz Inc. broke ground on a new distribution and production center on Thursday, July 11, in Burlington, N.C. The company said that it expects the distribution center to be open by fall 2014.

Sheetz president and CEO, Stan Sheetz, executive vice president of Sheetz Distribution Services, Ray Ryan, and the new Sheetz director of the Burlington distribution center, Frank Scott, joined Alamance County Chamber of Commerce president Mac Williams and several Alamance County and City of Burlington officials as shovels first hit the dirt as part of the official ceremony.

The 44-acre site will include a Sheetz Bros. Kitchen bakery, distribution and warehousing center for the Sheetz distribution fleet; it also will provide space for various other corporate support departments serving the locations throughout our southern region.

Sheetz currently has 450 locations, 56 of which are in North Carolina. The company has plans to open at least a dozen more in the state over the next few years, making a southern point of distribution a necessity.

"This is a very exciting time for everyone at our company. This project has gone through several phases of planning and development and now it's coming to life," said Ryan. "We are eager to open, not only to strengthen our ability to deliver on the promise of exceptional customer service, but also to become a greater part of the City of Burlington and Alamance County communities."

Alamance County-based Samet Corp. will oversee management of the $32.8 million construction project. When completed, the structure will house 250,000 square feet of space and create an estimated 254 jobs by the end of 2018. Employee compensation will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll will be more than $7.4 million plus benefits.

"The Burlington area has already provided us with an exceptional workforce," Ryan said. "We are also very proud that those employees voted for Sheetz as the No. 3 Best Place to Work in North Carolina. It's really an honor to know that they love coming to work every day."

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pa., Sheetz is a leading, family-owned and -operated c-store chain with more than $6 billion in revenue for 2012 and more than 15, 000 employees. The company operates more than 445 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.