ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. and Samet Corp. have partnered on the construction of a 250,000-square-foot distribution and production facility in Burlington, N.C. Sheetz recently selected Samet as the contractor in charge of construction management for the $32.8 million center that is a cornerstone of expansion plans for the retailer. Construction is set to begin in early July.
"The new distribution center is a big component in our future growth," said Ray Ryan, executive vice president of distribution services, Sheetz.
The 44-acre site will include a Sheetz Bros. Kitchen bakery, distribution and warehousing center for the Sheetz distribution fleet, along with serving as a main terminal for CLI Transport, Sheetz' dedicated fuel carrier. Sheetz currently has 442 convenience stores, 56 of which are in North Carolina. The company has plans to open at least a dozen more locations in the state over the next few years, making a southern point of distribution a necessity.
This massive construction endeavor will not only benefit Sheetz, but will also serve to stimulate the local economy adding an estimated 254 jobs by the end of 2018. 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," said Ryan. "Our team at Sheetz' main distribution center in Pennsylvania is excited to develop this new branch of the company that will only strengthen our promise to deliver the best customer service in the industry."
Rick Davenport, president of construction at Samet, said, "Samet is thrilled to be partnered with Sheetz on this premier project in the city of Burlington. We view ourselves as part of the fabric of Alamance County, and have constructed many successful projects in the city of Burlington. We have the utmost respect for Sheetz, the city of Burlington and Alamance County, and the Samet team looks forward to doing our part to help Sheetz become a prosperous and valued part of our community. It will be a great project, and we are delighted to be able to continue to stimulate our local economy through the use of many area subcontractors."
Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. is one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6 billion in revenue for 2012 and more than 15,000 employees. The company operates more than 440 convenience 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.