Sheetz Adds W.Va. Sites

Opens in Princeton, Beckley; also opens in Wallburg, N.C., building in Conyngham, Pa.

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. opened two new locations in West Virginia yesterday. The retailer opened a new store in Princeton, as well as a new location in nearby Beckley.

"This is a great market for us and the people of West Virginia have been more than accommodating, they're just very welcoming," district manager Debbie Kociban told The State Journal. "It's a nice area, they're excited to see us come and I'm excited to be here."

The 5,500-square-foot Princeton facility will offer fresh food items such as the MTGo! and Shweetz Bakery lines of sandwiches, [image-nocss] wraps, donuts and muffins, along with the signature MTO line of Angus beef burgers, premium grilled chicken sandwiches, freshly made salads, french fries, onion rings and more.

Sheetz Bros. Coffeez, a full-service espresso and smoothie bar staffed by a trained barista is going to be available at the new store. Customers can order hand-made specialty coffee drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas--hot, frozen or iced.

To chain is celebrating the store opening with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open. These customers will win a $100 Sheetz Z-card good for anything in the store.

Doors officially opened to customers at 4:00 p.m., and all media and patrons are welcome to attend the festivities. Customers could also play games to win prizes and enjoy samples of Sheetz food and beverages.

"People are lined up and waiting when we get to the store to cut the ribbon," said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz Inc. "We can't wait to serve new customers and work to give them the best ever experience in our stores. We love to see them being as excited as we are to open."

"Sheetz has a legacy of innovation, customer focus and employee development," Sheetz said. "The company's mission today is on meeting the needs of customers on the go by providing fast and friendly service, quality products in clean and convenient locations."

Sheetz is also proud of its tradition of giving back to the communities in which it operates, it said. As part of the celebration, the company will make a donation to Special Olympics of West Virginia. Sheetz has been a supporter of Special Olympics since 1992, making monetary and product contributions as well as providing event volunteers.

In other company news, Sheetz opened a 4,997-square-foot store (pictured) in Wallburg, N.C., on March 17, the company said on Facebook. The company also offered the first 50 people in line a $100 Sheetz Z-card.Click here for additional pictures of the event.

And the retailer will build a store in Conyngham, Pa., by the end of the summer, Mike LaCesa, director of real estate for the eastern region for Sheetz, told The Standard Speaker earlier this month. "It will be a 5,000-square-foot store, with a canopy over six gas pumps," he said.

Construction is expected to wrap up in four months, and the store should open in late July or early August, LaCesa said.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz, a family-owned and -operated convenience store chain with more than $4.5 billion in revenue for 2010 and more than 13,500 employees, operates 390 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. It provides a menu of MTO subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through touchscreen order point terminals. All Sheetz stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.