Sheetz to Develop $32.8M Distribution and Manufacturing Center in Burlington

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor Sheetz Inc. plans to establish a $32.8 million regional distribution and food manufacturing center in Burlington and create up to 254 jobs over the next six years. The Pennsylvania-based gas station and convenience store chain recently announced its decision through Gov. Bev Perdue’s office. The approximately 250,000 square foot facility [...]

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Sheetz Inc. plans to establish a $32.8 million regional distribution and food manufacturing center in Burlington and create up to 254 jobs over the next six years. The Pennsylvania-based gas station and convenience store chain recently announced its decision through Gov. Bev Perdue’s office.

The approximately 250,000 square foot facility will be developed on a 44-acre site at the White Kennel Road. According to the Triangle Business Journal, Sheetz has chosen the Burlington location after considering 51 land proposals.

“Companies like Sheetz recognize that North Carolina is a great place to thrive because of our top-notch business climate, well-trained workforce, and a strong logistics network that fits the company’s needs,” Gov. Perdue commented in a statement.

The Alamance County investment was made possible, in part, by state grants worth more than $2 million from the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) and the One North Carolina Fund.

“The Burlington area has an exceptional highway network allowing for fast, fresh distribution of our products as well as having a skilled and highly motivated workforce,” Stan Sheetz, president and CEO, said in a press release. “These factors, and the support we received from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Alamance County and the City of Burlington, made this location stand out from the others we considered.”

Under the terms of the JDIG, Sheetz is eligible to receive a grant equal to 60 percent of the state personal income withholding taxes derived from the creation of new jobs. The average annual payroll for the center is estimated at $7.4 million. If it meets and sustains job creation targets over the next 12 years, the company could yield as much as $1.9 million in benefits.

The Burlington distribution and production center, operating as Sheetz Distribution Services, will supply between 150 and 160 stores across North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2013, with an opening set for December 2014.

Founded in 1952, Sheetz Inc. is a family-owned convenience store chain based in Altoona, Pa. The company operates 429 stores across six states – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina — and employs more than 14,500 people.

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