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    Sheetz Sets July Groundbreaking for Second Distribution Center

    The 250,000-square-foot facility will help serve the chain’s move into North Carolina.

    BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Sheetz Inc. will break ground July 11 on its new distribution center  -- earlier than the original timetable that had slated construction to begin in August.

    Measuring 250,000 square feet, the new distribution center will rise at 1737 Whites Kennel Road in Burlington, N.C. The $32.8-million facility will help serve new Sheetz convenience stores as the chain ramps up its presence in North Carolina.

    The facility is expected to eventually provide 254 jobs. The 44-acre site will include a fueling station for the Sheetz distribution trucks, as well as eight tractor-trailers and about 12 smaller vans that will visit the Burlington center daily, according to The Times News.

    Engineers with The Dennis Group LLC have designed the project and the architect listed for the center's design is Alan H. Rice, according to building plans submitted to the city in February.

    The Burlington distribution center will be smaller than the retailer's facility in Claysburg, Pa., which has a 390,000-square-foot distribution center and an adjacent 140,000-square-foot Sheetz Bros. Kitchen. However, the new site will be built to allow for future expansion.

    In September, the Altoona, Pa.-based convenience store chain chose Burlington as the home for the new distribution facility after the Burlington City Council unanimously approved an incentives request from Sheetz Distribution Services LLC for the center.

    As CSNews Online previously reported, the incentive amount is 4 percent of the project's total investment. In the agreement, Burlington will also extend water and sewer lines to the area, and invest an additional $325,000 for onsite utility work.

    Sheetz operates more than 430 locations across six states -- Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.


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