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YORK, Pa. -- In the midst of the most ambitious growth plans in its 40-year history, Rutter's Farm Stores opened a store in Carlisle, Pa., adding new territory to the chain's scope.
“It’s always a special occasion to open a new store, particularly in a first-time market, as Carlisle is for Rutter’s,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We opened our Shippensburg store two years ago and are excited to be opening another store in Cumberland County."
Rutter's also announced a gift of $45,000 to the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County to support its pre-kindergarten children’s learning programs.
"Commitment to our customers, employees and communities in which we operate has been the key to decades of Rutter’s success,” Hartman added.
The new 24-hour store features Rutter’s latest food service offerings, including custom stir-fry, fajitas and fresh-baked bread. Customers can design their own “oriental bowls” and create custom steak, chicken and veggie fajitas. Fresh-baked sub and cibatta rolls come in seven varieties, available for sandwiches or for individual retail purchase.
A premium-coffee island, touch-screen ordering, seating for 12, “best in industry” restrooms, a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM, 20 fueling positions and an automatic two-bay car wash are among the other store amenities.
The store boasts a national and international award-winning design, including open ceilings, extensive use of floor and wall tiles, as well as bathrooms with floating ceilings, music and other upscale accents. The environmentally friendly design includes a white roof that will keep the building cooler while reducing energy demand.
Rutter’s also is the first convenience store chain in the country to offer customers plastic, glass and newsprint recycling at each of its stores.
The company is investing more than $55 million this year to build 10 stores and 11 car washes, which will add 350 new jobs, and more than $4.5 million in annual wages and benefits, to the central Pennsylvania economy.