Rutter’s has opened the first room for video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania at its 2125 Susquehanna Trail store in York. VGTs are similar to slot machines in casinos.
In conjunction with Marquee by Penn, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Rutter’s plans to open at least 10 VGT rooms in 2019. Three will open in September at its Port Royal, Duncansville and West Manchester locations. More are scheduled to open in 2020.
“Rutter’s has evolved as a business over the years, from a dairy to convenience stores, from smokes and Cokes to fuel and foodservice,” said Scott Hartman, Rutter’s president and CEO. “We are constantly listening and learning from our customers, and VGTs are one example of our progressive model.”
“We are excited to partner with Rutter’s and combine our expertise with their established success in the convenience store industry,” said Jeff Morris, Penn National Gaming VP of public affairs.
Customers who are at least 21 years may play the machines in a designated VGT room, where licensed providers can operate up to five terminals.
In order to operate a VGT room, a truck stop must hold a state lottery license and operate a convenience store. It also must have diesel fuel islands, provide at least 20 truck parking spaces and sit on at least three acres of land not owned by the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It also must sell an average of 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel each month for the previous 12 months and continue to do so for the next 12 months after the VGTs are installed.
Rutter’s operates 75 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.