Sheetz to build store on 5th Avenue in Huntington
HUNTINGTON — Sheetz Inc. will build a store in the 2200 block of 5th Avenue in 2014 and is actively looking for property to build three more stores in the Huntington market, a company official said Thursday.
The Altoona, Pa.-based company has signed a long-term lease with the owners of the former Steiner automotive dealership property at 2221 5th Ave. and will begin demolition in January, according to Errin Hensley, a real estate site selector for Sheetz. The store has a projected opening date of June 5, 2014.
The 5th Avenue store will be the second Sheetz location in Huntington and fourth in Cabell County. The three existing stores opened in 2009 and are located at 18th Street West in Huntington, off of the Mall Road exit of Interstate 64 in Barboursville and the interstate exit in Milton. The 5th Avenue Sheetz will be built next to a Chipotle Mexican Grill that is now under construction.
Hensley said Sheetz has been looking for property in Huntington for about five years. The 5th Avenue site was attractive because of the traffic volume and proximity to Marshall University’s campus, he said.
“College students love us, and we love college students,” Hensley said.
The 5th Avenue Sheetz will be larger than its other stores in Cabell County and will offer a drive-thru with a touch-screen ordering system, Hensley said.
“Our first Huntington store on the West End has been a great success, and we expect the 5th Avenue location to do just as well,” he said. “We’d like to build three more stores in the Huntington market. We’re working on it now, but we just don’t have anything signed yet.”
Sheetz is known for its Made-to-Order brand food and coffee. The typical store also offers indoor and outdoor seating areas and multiple fueling stations. It employs 15,000 people at 452 stores in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. There are 44 stores in West Virginia.
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