Sheetz opens new store in Nashville

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Alphonso Richardson uses the touch screen ordering system to order a beverage Thursday at the new Sheetz at Nash Crossing in Nashville.


Staff Writer

Saturday, March 18, 2017

NASHVILLE — Already with three locations in Nash County, Sheetz opened its first convenience store Thursday in Nashville.

People from across the Twin Counties braved the cold weather as the family-owned, Pennsylvania-based chain of convenience stores held a ribbon-cutting grand opening at 100 East Evans Drive. Sheetz became the second tenant after Zaxby’s to become operational at the 23-acre Nash Crossing.

Among the people welcoming the new Nashville Sheetz were brothers Torry and Terrance Holt, who were both former NFL and N.C. State football standouts. The Holts run a construction company they started in 2007 in Raleigh called Holt Brothers Construction. Torry Holt, who won a Super Bowl in his rookie year with the St. Louis Rams, played 11 seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and retired with the 10th-most receiving yards.

He currently is the vice president of Holt Brothers Construction, while Terrance Holt is president of the company and played six seasons in the NFL. 

The Holts worked as the general contractors on the $4½ million construction project, which became the first Sheetz built by Holt Brothers Construction. Terrance Holt said Holt Brothers Construction is working on a joint venture with Barnhill Construction to build the 175,000-square-foot Downtown Community Facility in Rocky Mount.

“We’re hopeful all of this excitement will continue for this store and for Nashville,” Terrance Holt said. “This store in Nashville for this community will have a tremendous economic impact, and this is what this is all about. As for the Downtown Community Facility, its intended purpose is sports and entertainment. But it’s beyond that and hopefully will be a catalyst for economic development and spur others to invest in that area similar to how Sheetz has made an intentional investment in Nashville that will spur others to come here.”

Nash County board Chairman Robbie Davis said he’s always happy to see a new business open up in Nash County, especially with it being off U.S. 64. 

“What it does for us is it helps us a lot with our property tax but also adds a lot to the sales tax,” he said. “Also, having people come off the interstate means we’re bringing in dollars from somewhere else and not necessarily people just from Nash County or Nashville.”

All Sheetz locations are open 24 hours, 365 days per year. The 6,426-square-foot Nashville Sheetz will employ more than 30 full- and part-time employees, while having its customary made-to-order menu choices on touch-screen order terminals and featuring a drive-thru.

This year marks Sheetz 65th year in business. The Nashville Sheetz was the company’s 546th store location overall and 90th in North Carolina. Joe Sheetz, owner and CEO of Sheetz, said bringing a store to Nashville was filling a gap from the company’s perspective and satisfying a demand from local residents.

“We had construction people working for us on site telling us that this community was more excited than most places to have a Sheetz, and we had a lot of customers that went to our stores nearby that had been wanting for us to put a store in this area. At the end of the day, it’s about finding the right piece of land — and this was perfect.”