Back when the weather was still warm earlier this Fall, I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of the new Sheetz store on SR. 59. It’s a great store and a great addition to the Franklin-Kent JEDD. If you haven’t had a chance to fill up — either your tank or your car- you need to go. Its got all the latest in technology — for example you can use the touch screen at the pump to place your lunch order while your fueling up so that when you go to pay for your gas, your lunch will be waiting for you. How cool is that? In the spirit of the technology, I’ve provided a link to a video of the grand opening set to music. Very cool.
I remember Sheetz from one of my previous lifetimes — I think it was when I lived in Virginia — and as good as it was then, it’s way better now. Like so many of the retail chains, they’re trying to give you that full customer experience. This isn’t your grandfather’s gas station. This is a little bit of anything you might need in one clean, friendly, and convenient store. The new store is one of their next generation stores — with all the latest in technology. Sheetz was the world’s first retailer to install self-ordering food kiosks at gas pumps for customer convenience.
As impressive as the technology is, the good news is that it’s equally easy to use. For all the promises of technology that get lost in translation from the computer geek to you and me, this one actually delivers. It’s easy even for all the non-techno-geeks among us.
Sheetz is actually in the Franklin Township just over our Kent border, which puts it square in our Franklin-Kent JEDD. This means that it’s part of an area designated as a joint economic development district which the city agrees not to annex in return for a share in the tax revenues. The JEDD is important because the township doesn’t want to lose any more population (I believe that it’s almost too small to continue to qualify to be an official township) and likewise the City is fairly built-out so much of the new development will occur just over our boundaries in the Franklin and Brimfield Townships. The JEDDs are a way of co-existing without the threat of annexation by sharing tax revenues — which in politcal speak is called “win-win.”
Sheetz is exactly what the Township and the City had in mind when it came to new development in the SR 59 corridor.
Watch the video click here of the grand opening!
READ MORE ABOUT SHEETZ CORPORATE
Number of Sheetz Convenience Stores = 330, all company owned
Annual Revenues = $3.3 billion
Gallons of Gas Sold each Year = 1.1 billion
Number of Hotdogs Sold each Year = 20 million
Number of Employees = 11,000
Revenues in 2006 = Up 22%
In 1952 Bob Sheetz founded the first Sheetz convenience store. Since then, we’ve grown to over 300 locations in 6 states and plan to double our work force in the next six years. Sheetz remains a privately owned family operated business and has earned the title of industry leader.
In 1994 and 1995 Sheetz, Inc. was named “Convenience Store of the Year” and inducted in to the Convenience Store Hall of Fame. Most recently Sheetz, Inc. is listed at number 87 in the Forbes 500 List of Top Private Companies.
All of our stores are equipped with state of the art touch screen ordering for our M•T•O® Made-to-Order menu, upgraded back office computer software and fast check out scanning systems. This technology allows us to serve our customers better.