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ALTOONA, Pa. -- In a longstanding dedicated effort, Sheetz Inc. officially opened its $46 million Sheetz Bros. Kitchen today, a venture that will deliver a higher level of convenience to customers visiting its 350 stores located in six states.
Last October, Stan Sheetz, president and chief executive officer of Sheetz, told CSNews Online, "This project is not only going
to be good for Sheetz, but good for the Altoona Blair County Community because it's making new job opportunities for people in this region." He
continued, "I've said this before, we started this business in Altoona and have always been proud of that fact. We're happy to continue growing and
expanding in our hometown community."
On July 14, the company will hold a press conference at the 140,000-square-foot Claysburg-based facility providing attendees a portal into where Shweet donuts, cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, sub
rolls, hamburger and hot dog rolls will be made and shipped fresh daily.
Additionally, a new MTgo! line of menu items of grab and go sandwiches, salads and yogurt parfaits will be made at the kitchen and delivered fresh daily. Five years in the making, the state-of-the-art kitchen will create more than 450 jobs over the next five years including production employees, drivers and administrative personnel.
"This facility will change the way we do business," Sheetz said in a released statement. "It will allow us to expand our offer and give more choices to our customers."
Sheetz explained that the genesis of the idea for the facility came from the desire to simplify tasks for employees at the stores, which in turn will allow free more time to focus on improving customer service.
"Our mission of Total Customer Focus is always in the foreground of any decisions we make about the stores. Filling condiment bottles, baking sub rolls and cookies, and prepping of other ingredients is time consuming,"
Sheetz said in a released statement. "By moving these tasks to the kitchen facility, we make the in-store routine easier and free up our employees to be out front serving customers."