Sheetz moving forward on three stores in Greene County
WAYNESBURG - The demolition of Central Plaza in Franklin Township last week marked the start of a project to rebuild and expand the Sheetz store at Route 21 and Jefferson Road.Sheetz, which has had a presence in Greene County for about 20 years, will construct a new store on the plaza site, keeping the existing store open while work proceeds, said Nick Ruffner, Sheetz’s public relations manager.The company also is expanding its store at the intersection of routes 88 and 21 in Cumberland Township, a project that began in April, and is planning to construct another store on Route 21 in Franklin Township at Murtha Drive near Greene County Airport.Sheetz, based in Altoona, operates about 550 stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. The company opens about 30 new stores and rebuilds another 10 stores each year, Ruffner said.The original store at Jefferson Road was constructed in 1999. At that time, the Cumberland Township store had been in operation for several years, according to news accounts.The new store at Jefferson Road will be constructed on the site of the Central Plaza and will be 5,950 square feet in size. The existing store contains about 4,000 square feet.The new store will include space for inside dining with about 30 seats. Tables and seating also will be available outside. The restaurant will offer a full menu and will sell beer.It is expected to be completed in December, Ruffner said.The Sheetz store in Cumberland Township, at the Paisley intersection, was closed in April at the start of construction.The company also will expand that store and earlier purchased property north of the existing site on Route 88 to accommodate the new operations.The new store, which will contain 6,950 square feet of space, will also feature an inside dining room, outside dining and a drive-through window. Work on that store is expected to be complete mid-August, Ruffner said.Sheetz also is moving ahead with plans for a new store on Route 21 at Murtha Drive. That store, across from Greene County Airport, will contain 6,050 square feet of space, inside and outside dining and a drive through window, Ruffner said.The store will have entrances on both Route 21 and Murtha Drive, according to plans approved by Franklin Township earlier this year. Ruffner said that store is expected to open next year.