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ALTOONA, P.A. -- Sheetz Inc. is strongly considering opening a new distribution in Burlington, N.C. The convenience store chain has asked for more than $1 million worth of incentives and infrastructure from both the city and Alamance County, reported MyFox8.com
If Sheetz, the city and county can come to an agreement, the c-store chain is expected to invest more than $32 million into the local community and create more than 250 jobs, the television station added.
"They've still got options," Mac Williams, president of the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, told the news outlet. "We're option A, if you will. We need to finish everything we've been talking about for option A to be the ultimate choice."
The Chamber of Commerce president continued that Sheetz was also considering another location for its new distribution center. He was unsure of the exact location, but suspected it is in Virginia.
Williams also noted Sheetz should make a decision regarding the distribution center shortly after a public hearing set for Sept. 4. The proposed distribution center would be Sheetz's second. The c-store chain also operates one in its home state of Pennsylvania.
"It's an important [decision] because of who it is, what they do, the sector that they're in; their future growth," Williams relayed to the news source.
Sheetz has been searching for the site of its new distribution center for more than a year. Last year, CEO Stan Sheetz told the News & Observer that the chain's new distribution center would be located in a place easily accessible to North Carolina's Triangle and Triad area, where most of Sheetz' stores in the state are located.
The new distribution facility is expected to open in 2014. As of Aug. 7, Sheetz Inc. operates 426 stores.