ALTOONA, Pa.—For the sixth year in a row (and seventh time in eight years), the Sheetz convenience chain based in Altoona, Pa., has been named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Sheetz was ranked 83rd on this year’s list.
For the past 24 years, the Fortune list has recognized companies that have exceptional workplace cultures based primarily on their employees’ responses to the Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey. The survey covers diversity, compensation, benefits, company programs and policies.
Sheetz offers competitive pay and benefits packages to all employees, including medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, college tuition reimbursement, quarterly bonuses, an employee stock ownership plan, vacation time and more. Additionally, Sheetz recently updated the company’s parental leave policy to include 12 weeks of fully paid time off for new mothers and two weeks of fully paid time off for partners.
Sheetz has more than has 620 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.
Today, Sheetz is opening a new location in Delaware, Ohio, its first store in Central Ohio, reports This Week News. Recognized several times by USA Today as a 2020 top regional fast-food chain, Sheetz has been preparing to enter the Columbus market for more than a year.
“Most sane operators wouldn’t try to offer as much as we do,” said Travis Sheetz, company president and COO. “We want to be the ultimate one-stop shop. Having a menu that can satisfy everyone is without a doubt a selling point. But people definitely come here just for the food.”
The company also added SheetzGo, an app that lets consumers scan items in store and pay on their phone without going to the cashier or through the self-checkout. “People are always looking to save time,” Sheetz said. “They want to be in control. They appreciate these capabilities.”
Sheetz plans to open 10 to 12 more Central Ohio stores in 2021 and could open 50 in the next five years.
Deeply committed to supporting the local communities it calls home and in celebration of the new Ohio store opening, Sheetz donated $2,500 to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and $2,500 to the Special Olympics of Ohio, the company announced. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 25 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers. Sheetz also plans to make a positive impact on the residents of Columbus and the surrounding areas through its Made-to-Share food donation program, Sheetz for the Kidz™ holiday donation campaign for children in need and much more.
Sheetz is in good company. Many convenience retailers are planning new locations, including Buc-ee’s, the Texas-based chain, which recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its first store in Kentucky, reports the Courier-Journal. The store will be constructed in Richmond, a town 30 miles south of Lexington and home of Eastern Kentucky University. The new Buc-ee’s will be more than 53,000 square feet and offer more than 100 fuel stations. When the new store is complete, it will bring 200 fulltime jobs to the area.
“We’re excited to add Kentucky to our family of stores expanding throughout the Southeast,” said Stan Beard, director of real-estate for Buc-ee’s. “We are thrilled to have this location as our first in the State of Kentucky.”
As NACS Daily reported last month, Cumberland Farms, Duchess and Rutter’s have opened new locations. Wawa recently opened its first stand-alone, drive-thru location in Morrisville, Pa., while Yesway stores opened the second Allsup’s Market Concept store in New Mexico. Love’s has opened numerous travel centers since the first of the year, complete with showers, laundries, dog parks, gourmet coffee and Mobile to Go Zone with the latest electronics.
To hear more about Sheetz and its perspective on the future of work, check out the NACS Lessons in Leadership learning series. Travis Sheetz, president and COO of Sheetz; and Chris Gheysens, president and CEO of Wawa; as well as Brian Hannasch, president and CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard; and other leaders, gave exclusive interviews to NACS about the future of the industry. Watch their Lessons in Leadership today.