ALTOONA, Pa.—Sheetz, the 600-store chain based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, has partnered with Skilken Gold to open 10 to 12 new convenience locations a year in Central Ohio, for a total of about 50 outlets, reports the Columbus Business Journal.
Sheetz recently acquired a store site in New Albany, “and more than a few groups wanted this property,” said Isaac Gold, vice president of real estate, Skilken Gold. “Many of the sites we’re looking at will be fuel centers. We think it’s a pretty easy choice between Sheetz, which has fresh fruit and grocery items, versus a place that just sells candy bars and gas.”
Skilken Gold has been scouting the Columbus market on behalf of Sheetz for more than a year, and Gold said there are more than a dozen sites under contract, though the exact locations were not announced.
According to Travis Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, the chain is focused on bringing made-to-order food and restaurant-like attributes to the stores slated for construction in Ohio.