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    Sheetz Opens One Store, Reopens Another

    Chain expands to St. Mary's, Pa., and revives a store in hometown damaged by fire.

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. has opened a long-anticipated location in St. Marys, Pa. The 4,700-square-foot store, at 117 South Michael St., is the newest addition to the 337-store chain, and the first location for the retailer in the city of St. Marys.

    While the store opened to the public yesterday, employees will host a community grand opening celebration on July 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 3:30 p.m. that day. As part of those festivities, the company said it also will make several donations to The American Red Cross, St. Marys Catholic Elementary School and the St. Marys Christmas Tree Lighting Fund.

    "It's exciting for us at Sheetz any time we are able to bring our latest concepts in convenience to a new area," said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO. "We are looking forward to being a part of the St. Marys community, an idea that's been a goal for a long time."

    The new store in St. Marys features Sheetz's new menu, with a variety of fresh Made-To-Order items, including cold and toasted subs, freshly-made salads, hot fries, onion rings, chicken fingers and burgers -- all made just the way customers want at low prices, the company reported.

    Also added is Sheetz Bros. Coffeez (SBC), a full-service espresso bar staffed by a trained barista. Here, customers can order handmade coffee drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas -- hot, frozen or iced. Frozen fruit smoothies round out the SBC menu.

    For those who prefer to pour their own, Sheetz also offers new, premium brewed self-serve coffees made from 100 percent Arabica beans in many flavors, such as Breakfast Blend, Serious Dark Roast, 100 percent Colombian and Vanilla Nut Cream.

    As always, Sheetz customers place their food and specialty coffee orders at touch-screen kiosks. Self-serve milkshakes and bakery items are available at the new store, as well.

    In other Sheetz news, the company celebrated the rebuilding of one of its most successful locations yesterday, with the opening of a new and improved 4,000-square-foot store at 1701 7th Ave., in Altoona, Pa. The store was forced to close when fire destroyed the original facility on April 13, 2006.

    "Watching the old store go up in flames last spring was really a sad time, because it was like we'd lost an old friend," president and CEO Stan Sheetz said in a written statement. "We had a lot of customers who loved to go to that store and employees who counted on having a place to work. It's been greatly missed for the last year. We are happy to be back. We're happy to serve those customers again and we're thrilled that this community has supported us over the years."

    The store -- one of 13 in Blair County – will host a community grand opening celebration on June 29, with a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. that day.

    As part of grand-opening event, the company will present donations to the Altoona Fire Department, The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, to thank those organizations, which helped the retailer during the fire.

    With the new stores comes a new menu with a variety of fresh Made-To-Order items, including cold and toasted subs, freshly made salads, hot fries, onion rings, chicken fingers and burgers. Also added to the location was Sheetz Bros. Coffeez. Customers place their food and specialty coffee orders at touch-screen order kiosks. Self-serve milkshakes and bakery items are available at the store as well.

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