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ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. is one step closer to becoming a leading convenience store retailer in the Southeast. The company broke ground today on its highly anticipated new distribution and production center in Burlington, N.C.
Sheetz President and CEO Stan Sheetz, Executive Vice President of Sheetz Distribution Services Ray Ryan and newly appointed Director of the Burlington Distribution Center Frank Scott were on hand for this morning's event. Joining the company executives were Alamance County Chamber of Commerce President Mac Williams and several Alamance County and City of Burlington officials.
The 44-acre site at 1737 Whites Kennel Road will house a Sheetz Bros. Kitchen bakery, and a distribution and warehousing center for the Sheetz distribution fleet. The 250,000-square-foot distribution facility will provide space for various other corporate support departments serving the locations throughout its southern region.
Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz currently has 450 convenience stores, 56 of which are in North Carolina. The company plans to open at least a dozen more stores in the state over the next few years, making a southern point of distribution a necessity.
"This is a very exciting time for everyone at our company. This project has gone through several phases of planning and development and now it's coming to life," Ryan said. "We are eager to open, not only to strengthen our ability to deliver on the promise of exceptional customer service, but also to become a greater part of the City of Burlington and Alamance County communities."
Samet Corp. will oversee management of the $32.8-million construction project. When completed, the facility will create an estimated 254 jobs by the end of 2018. Employee compensation will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll will be more than $7.4 million plus benefits.
"The Burlington area has already provided us with an exceptional workforce," Ryan added. "We are also very proud that those employees voted for Sheetz as the No. 3 Best Place to Work in North Carolina. It's really an honor to know that they love coming to work every day."
The Burlington distribution center will be smaller than the retailer's facility in Claysburg, Pa., which has a 390,000-square-foot distribution center and an adjacent 140,000-square-foot Sheetz Bros. Kitchen. However, the new site will be built to allow for future expansion. It is expected to open by fall 2014.