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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Sheetz submitted plans for its new distribution and food manufacturing center to the city of Burlington, N.C.’s, technical review committee, which will give it a first look on Feb. 28, according to a Times-News report. A 250,000-square-foot facility is slated to be built on 44 acres at 1737 Whites Kennel Road.
Project engineers with Springfield, Mass.-based The Dennis Group LLC will handle the $32.8 million project. Alan H. Rice, R.A., is listed as architect.
The new center is expected to create 254 jobs and ease the production load for Sheetz' existing distribution center in Claysburg, Pa. The Burlington center will be smaller, but is planned to be built for future expansion, according to Ray Ryan, executive vice president of Sheetz distribution services. It is also meant to cut down on the mileage of delivery vans that visit approximately 450 Sheetz stores every night.
In September 2012, Ryan stated that the center would include a fueling station for Sheetz distribution trucks, and that approximately eight tractor-trailers and 12 smaller vans would visit daily. He also told commissioners at the North Carolina Department of Transportation that Sheetz plans to widen part of Whites Kennel Road.
Sheetz is receiving incentives and funding for the center, including $1.12 million from Alamance County, a package from Burlington that could exceed $1 million and state grants contingent on local matches and targets such as job creation, according to the report. The goal is to break ground in August 2013 and take occupancy by August 2014.