Sheetz will celebrate the opening of its 500th store Feb. 24 with free coffee at all its stores.
At the 500th location, at 1810 Liberty Drive in Thomasville, North Carolina, a grand opening event will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 24.
“Sheetz is experiencing exponential growth, and this marks a significant milestone, not only for our company but also for the three generations of the Sheetz family who continue to run it,” said Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz Inc., the Altoona, Pennsylvania-based family-owned convenience store chain. “From one small dairy store founded by my uncle, Bob Sheetz, in 1952, we’ve grown to one of the fastest growing family-owned convenience retailers with 500 stores across six states.
“We are thrilled to carry this momentum throughout the year with more than 30 store openings in 2015, including a new restaurant concept at WVU and Penn State,” Sheetz added. “The new restaurant concept, which will serve up Sheetz signature Made-To-Order food, is just one example of how Sheetz continues to reinvent itself and bring innovation to our industry.”
Sheetz employs more than 16,000 in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. The company was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014 and is included on the Best Places to Work lists in Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Sheetz also says it is committed to the communities each store serves. The Sheetz For the Kidz annual holiday event has provided more than 85,000 underprivileged children with new toys, clothes and necessities each holiday season since 1992. Sheetz partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, sending more than 40 families of seriously ill children on dream vacations to Disney World each year. In addition, every Sheetz location partners with the Special Olympics and a local food bank in its area, donating time, food and funds.