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SOUTH ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Sheetz Inc. is developing a fueling and food convenience shop in the South Pointe Center in South Zanesville, Ohio, which will be the chain's 25th location in the state, reported the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Although mounds of dirt still cover the property, a stark metal frame structure is taking shape, and large underground gas tanks and a small sign at the corner give passersby a hint at what is in store for the site, which is the former home of a Unizan Bank branch and the former Big Bear store, the report stated.
"We usually get calls when there are rumors that we are coming to an area, but we can't officially say anything until a site is on the construction schedule," spokeswoman Monica Jones told the Zanesville Times Recorder. "And this is on the schedule. Construction started in early August. It usually takes about three months."
Jones said the store is tentatively scheduled to open in early December, with opening festivities to feature a flag raising, ribbon cutting and food sampling.
"We'll have a soft opening, to let the employees get their legs under them, and we'll also be making a charitable contribution to a user-oriented community organization," Jones told the paper.
The store is expected to have 35 employees, she said.
The 5,000-square-foot center -- Sheetz locations are usually in the 4,500- to 5,000- range -- will likely have six fueling stations and the company has been experimenting with a food ordering system at the pump, Jones said.
The store will feature made-to-order hot and deli sandwiches, burgers, salads, gourmet pretzels and breakfast items such as muffin, biscuit and bagel sandwiches.
"That size of store is pretty much standard, but this will be our newer store model," Jones told the Recorder. "We hope people will see the sign down there and know we are coming."
The family-owned and Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has 330 locations across six states -- Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. There are currently 24 stores in Ohio.