Sheetz plans three stores in city

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Sheetz Inc. plans to continue its growth in the Triad and North Carolina by opening three stores in High Point.
Construction is expected to begin this fall on two Sheetz convenience stores — one at the intersection of Westchester Drive and W. Lexington Avenue and the other on S. Main Street at Nathan Hunt Drive.
A third location — at N. Main Street and Old Plank Road — is in the early planning stages and probably won’t start construction until 2015, according to the company.
In addition to gas pumps, all three stores would include a restaurant.
The Altoona, Pa.-based chain has about 50 stores in North Carolina, including one on N.C. 68 in north High Point. It plans to break ground this summer on a $33 million, 250,000-square-foot distribution center in Burlington.
“The company has been accepted really well in this market, and they’re excited about branching out in this area,” said Sam Smith, an engineering manager for Sheetz who is working on the proposed High Point locations.
The company secured a rezoning from City Council last year for a 6,413-square-foot store on the southwest corner of Westchester Drive and W. Lexington Avenue on the site of an abandoned gas station that has been demolished.
The plans cleared the city’s Technical Review Committee in February, and construction will probably start in October, Smith said.
The company hopes to begin building another store around the same time at 1813 S. Main Street at the site of the former Hinkle Furniture store, which closed in 2008. The existing building on the 2.2-acre site will be demolished. A rezoning was not required for Sheetz to build on this site.
The TRC reviewed a site plan for this location on Wednesday. Once Sheetz revises its plans to address some minor comments that came up at the review, the site plan will be approved, and the company can seek building permits, said Doug Loveland, senior planner with the High Point Planning & Development Department.
Both stores will be about the same size, but the S. Main Street location will include a car wash and the other one won’t, Smith said. It typically takes about 120 days to construct a Sheetz, so the hope is that both locations could open in late February or early March 2014, he said. Each store will employ 30 to 40 people and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The TRC also reviewed a sketch plan for a third proposed Sheetz at 3350 N. Main St., at the intersection with Old Plank Road in north High Point. The vacant 1.9-acre site is next to a McDonald’s under construction that is expected to open this month. The site’s existing zoning can accommodate uses such as convenience stores, so Sheetz will not need a rezoning from the city.
Sheetz plans to submit a formal site plan for TRC review at some point in the future, but the company is still in the early stages of developing its plans for this location, which would include a drive-through. Smith estimated it won’t reach the construction phase until 2015.
Sheetz has annual revenue of more than $6 billion and operates about 440 locations in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia.