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    Rutter's Neighbors to Wal-Mart

    Third new store in 2006 opens across the street from a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

    YORK, Pa. -- Rutter's has decided to set up shop across the street from a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Shippensburg, Pa., where it will likely benfit from the high traffic area, according to Rutter's president Scott Hartman.

    The 5,200-square foot convenience store marks the chain's return to Cumberland County, where it had been absent for 17 years.

    The decision to open a store next to the Wal-Mart -- which does not offer gas -- was all about location, not competition. "It's a relatively new Wal-Mart Supercenter, with a high traffic count ... it's a growing market there, in Shippensburg," Hartman told CSNews Online.

    "I don't expect a whole lot of competition [from Wal-Mart], it's down the street between the Hardee's, Wendy's, Sheetz and Turkey Hill. ... The Wal-Mart guys, they bring in the traffic, I see them as a positive rather than a negative," Hartman continued.

    The store, open 24 hours, features the chain's most recent design -- two entrances and gas islands, on either side of the building -- in addition to its proprietary Famous Express Deli and Famous Express Grill -- an L-shaped foodservice island with self-service coffee on one end and seating for a dozen. The site also has a no-fee ATM.

    Twenty-five employees are employed at the site, and are managed by Bobbie Weyant.

    Rutter's, a third generation family owned company, operates 51 convenience stores in York, Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and Lancaster counties.

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