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BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- A popular family-owned gas station and food stop is making its way to western West Virginia.
Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pa., secured a deal to locate a store in Barboursville at 4 Mall Road, which is the site of the former Exxon station, according to a report in the Huntington Herald Dispatch.
Monica Jones, public relations manager for Sheetz, told the paper the deal was brokered within the past six months, and construction should start any day. It is scheduled to open in May.
There also has been talk that Sheetz is looking inside the Huntington city limits and off the Hurricane exit of Interstate 64 in the area.
"We're scouting other locations," Jones told the Dispatch. "Right now, it’s just the Huntington market."
Sheetz, which is very popular in Pennsylvania, is not well known in Huntington, except for those from north of Weston, W.Va., off Interstate 79 or West Virginia University students.
The menu includes hot and cold subs, deli sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers and hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, pretzel melts, nachos and fajitas, fries, and chicken strips and breakfast sandwiches. Sheetz also has its own coffee line and has in recent years added mochas, lattes, smoothies and shakes.
Jones said expansion has been slow in the past five years, mostly because of interior and exterior redesigns and additions to the menu. But the family saw the Huntington market as ripe.
"We've focused [recently] on North Carolina and Ohio. We haven't done any West Virginia expansion in while," she said. "We thought this was a great opportunity."