ALTOONA, Penn.—Sheetz, the family-owned convenience chain with 600-plus locations, has picked out its first central Ohio store site, reports the Columbus Business Journal.
The Altoona, Pennsylvania-based operator has announced plans to open a 6,800-square-foot store on an 8.8-acre site in Obetz, just south of Columbus, in 2021, making good on a promise made in December to come to Columbus. The site is at the edge of a developing warehouse district where Amazon, Zulily, Luxottica, Eddie Bauer, PetSmart and Pier One have facilities. The chain already has 40 stores in Ohio, most in the northeast part of the state.
"We're stoked about it," said Rod Davisson, village administrator. "It's a great addition. We're happy to be the first to bring them to market here in Central Ohio."
Sheetz has a reputation for made-to-order food, as well as grab-and-go sandwiches/items and baked goods. Recently, it added the meatless Beyond Burger to the menus at all locations.
"What's interesting to me is that a lot of people have a family connection to it," Davisson said. "They either stop at Sheetz as they're traveling to see family or maybe they grew up going to Sheetz. It's nice to hear those nostalgia stories."