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Sheetz Opens 700th Convenience Store

Retailer eager to top 1,000 sites
Photograph courtesy of Sheetz

Sheetz opened its 700th store this week with a grand opening ceremony in Columbus, Ohio. The event Tuesday included a tractor trailer filled with local food donations and giveaways, including free Sheetz for a year.

Sheetz has experienced significant growth since it was founded as a small dairy store in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the company said. Over 70 years later, Sheetz has not only grown to 700 stores, but employs more than 25,000 employees across six states with plans to expand to Michigan, projecting its first store to open in Detroit in 2025.

“As a family, we are humbled to celebrate this remarkable milestone and are thankful to each and every one of our employees, past and present, who have helped make this possible,” said Travis Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz. “Driven by a mission to constantly reinvent ourselves and put the Sheetz as we know it today, out of business, I couldn’t be more excited about the future and our path to 1,000 stores.”

  • Sheetz is No. 12 on CSP’s 2023 Top 202 ranking of U.S. convenience-store chains by company-owned store count.

In August, Sheetz announced plans to build a third food-preparation and distribution center in Findlay, Ohio, to facilitate continued growth to the west.

“We’re excited to bring new opportunities to the area, as we continue to expand throughout the state of Ohio and into Michigan,” Sheetz said.

Sheetz’s primary footprint has long been in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. In the past year, however, Sheetz has announced its first store coming to Michigan, and outlined aggressive new-store growth for western Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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