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    Sheetz Debuts in Durham, N.C.

    Retailer will give $2,500 to local YMCA. New unit is chain's 13th in state; 334th overall.

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- A 5,000-square-foot Sheetz opened its doors in Durham, N.C., and to mark its opening, the company will present a $2,500 donation to the YMCA of Durham. This store brings the number of Sheetz locations in North Carolina to 13, and the chain's total store count to 334.

    The store is the first Sheetz in Durham, and opened to the public yesterday. A grand opening celebration will be hosted by employees on Thursday, April 26, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. As part of the celebration, Sheetz will present the donation to the YMCA.

    "It's exciting for us at Sheetz any time we are able to bring our latest concepts in convenience to a new area," said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president, marketing, Sheetz, Inc. "We are grateful for the opportunity to reach out to a new part of North Carolina in the Durham community with another location and we are excited to show our support for the YMCA in Durham as well."

    The new store will feature the chain's Made-to-Order menu of cold and toasted subs and fresh salads. In addition, hot fries, onion rings, chicken fingers and burgers will be made to order at lower prices than previously. Self-serve milkshakes and a self-serve bakery are also available.

    A Sheetz Bros. Coffeez bar will also be staffed by a trained barista. There, customers can order coffee drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas -- in a number of ways: hot, frozen or iced. Also available is a variety of frozen fruit smoothies. For self-serve customers, premium brewed 100 percent Arabica bean coffee is also available -- in flavors Breakfast Blend, Serious Dark Roast, 100 percent Colombian and Vanilla Nut Cream.

    Sheetz customers will order food and specialty coffees at touchscreen kiosks that are located both inside the store and at the gas island.

    The location is also home to a full-service automatic car wash.

    The Sheetz also features MasterCard PayPass technology. Customers can pay for items by tapping their card against a terminal, instead of handing their card to a cashier or swiping it themselves.((This new location furthers the company's commitment to its mission of Total Customer Focus (TCF) -- to provide fast and friendly service, quality products and clean and convenient locations. "We look for great, high-energy people to work in our stores, and we train them to be respectful of the needs of our customers," Sheetz said.

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