David Thomas of Miller Grading and Construction spreads gravel for an entrance to the Sheetz on Benvenue Road.

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David Thomas of Miller Grading and Construction spreads gravel for an entrance to the Sheetz on Benvenue Road.

New Sheetz delays opening

By John Henderson

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The grand opening of a new Sheetz store in Rocky Mount has been pushed back a week.

The store, which is being built on 2 1/2 acres that wrap around a Rite Aid pharmacy at Benvenue and Goldrock Roads, was initially slated to open June 10. The official grand opening and ribbon cutting will now be 3 p.m., June 18th, a company official said Friday.

A second Sheetz store is under construction at Bishop Road and North Wesleyan Boulevard across from N.C. Wesleyan College. It is expected to open later this summer.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. operates 24-hour convenience stores known for their gas prices and made-to-order food.

Sheetz’s eastward expansion includes stores that opened in Greenville, with the first opening in 2006. A new one opened in February 2007 in Wilson.

Sheetz is a chain of convenience stores owned by the Sheetz family. Its stores are in North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Today, Sheetz has more than 365 locations and more than 13,000 employees.

According to the company’s website, Bob Sheetz founded the company in 1952 when he purchased one of his father’s five dairy stores in Altoona.

The Pennsylvania-based company is known for having touch screens in the stores where customers can punch in food orders.

The menu includes hot and cold subs, deli sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers and hot dogs, grilled chicken, sandwiches, pretzels, fajitas, nachos, fries and chicken strips.

The stores also sell gourmet coffees and serve breakfast 24 hours a day.

At some of the stores, the food-ordering screens are next to the gas pumps.

The new Sheetz is opening only a few blocks away from Griffin’s Food Store on Benvenue Road.

Store Manager Frances Harrison said she is not worried about Sheetz posing serious competition to that store.

“It doesn’t bother me,” she said. “You don’t really know until they open.”

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