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    Rutter's Breaks Ground on Most Eco-friendly Store to Date

    Store to open December 2009 in Stewartstown, Pa.

    YORK, Pa. -- Convenience store chain Rutter’s Farm Stores broke ground on a second location in Stewartstown, York County, which will be the company’s biggest and most environmentally friendly store yet, according to Rutter’s.

    The 5,750-square-foot store is expected to open in December on the site of a former parking lot, and a house on the lot will be used by Eureka Fire Co. for training before it is razed in September.

    "In this case, bigger is definitely better," Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores, said in a company release. "We’ve increased the store’s size to accommodate more seating and a larger kitchen, both of which will enhance the customer experience. But we’ve also added skylights and better-insulated windows so that we can be even better stewards of the environment. These things matter to customers, and they mean a great deal to Rutter’s."

    The store, at 14 W. Pennsylvania Ave., will create 40 jobs, and Rutter’s plans to continue to operate its existing store at 3 Charles Avenue in Stewartstown.

    The new store will be the first Rutter’s to make use of skylights—19 of them—that will reduce the need for artificial lighting, according to the company. Also, the skylights will complement a white roof, which will keep the building cooler while reducing energy demand.

    In a couple of other Rutter’s firsts, the store will have energy-saving triple-glazed windows and all-LED exterior lights—Rutter’s recently became the first convenience store chain to join 32 other retail organizations in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Retailer Energy Alliance, whose mission is to promote the energy-efficient design and operation of retail locations, according to the chain.

    The store will have 20 fueling positions (including four that also will offer diesel) in front and two dedicated diesel islands in back, as well as an all-glass, two-bay automatic car wash.

    The 24-hour store will feature Rutter’s latest foodservice offerings, including a recently introduced dinner menu and kids meal; custom stir-fry and fajitas; and fresh-baked sub and ciabatta rolls. A premium-coffee island, touch-screen ordering, seating for 15, public restrooms and a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM are among the other amenities.

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