By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 9, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
New location under construction in PG’s Puddledock area
PRINCE GEORGE – Over the last several years, Prince George County’s Puddledock area has seen its share of growth, from residential to light industrial, to commercial and recreation to name a few as the makeup of one of the county’s gateways continues to transform.
In late 2017, a new business was announced for the corridor, further bolstering the commercial diversity of the area as convenience store Sheetz confirmed its intentions to build a new location along Temple Avenue near the intersection of Puddledock Road, a primary link between Prince George County, Petersburg, and Colonial Heights.
Flash forward to today, construction crews have descended on the plot of land between Colonial Harley Davidson and the row of medical offices that line Puddledock Road to begin erecting walls and structures for the new home of one of the fastest growing convenience store chains in the country, having already opened a new location in Petersburg in 2017 along Wagner Road and finished a wholesale renovation of one of their older locations less than a mile away along Colonial Heights’ Conduit Road.
The work on the store itself comes nearly a year after crews installed a right-in, right-out entrance and exit that connects the store to Temple Avenue, which is expected to help ease traffic flow in the area of the business.
While no firm date for completion has been announced for the new Prince George County location, some are already actively checking the company’s website for job opening opportunities at the store, which the company has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2019.
Steel has been erected for the station’s gas bays as the store itself and the car wash in the background continue to take shape at the county’s new Sheetz store. (Michael Campbell
Sheetz was ranked 85th and was the only convenience store chain on the list. Companies opt to participate in a selection process, which includes an anonymous employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire regarding their programs and employment practices. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each company using a unique methodology based on five dimensions, including credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
“This is the fifth time in six years we have been named to this prominent list and that would not be possible without our employees,” said Sheetz CEO Joe Sheetz. “Day in and day out, our company strives to create a place where employees know they are valued and have the opportunity to grow while also instilling a culture of respect and ensuring all employees understand the importance of their job and the role they play in the larger company.”
“Treating our employees as our most valuable asset is a key value my uncle Bob Sheetz instilled when he founded Sheetz in 1952 and is a value we strongly believe in still today. That’s why we’re excited to announce a starting wage increase for new and recently hired employees,” Travis Sheetz, President and COO added.
Helping its ranking, the company noted they recently implemented starting wage increases as, effective this month, new employees and employees hired within the last six months will earn an additional 50 cents per hour.
They added that they have paid “more than $56 million” in employee bonuses in 2018.
This isn’t the first time Sheetz has been recognized for its work environment. The company was named to Fortune’s list of best places to work for in 2014 and from 2016 to 2019. In addition, they have been named one of the best workplaces in retail since 2015 and one of the best workplaces for women from 2016 to 2018.
“The 2019 100 Best are the leaders in creating the most innovative workplaces built on trust,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Employees at these organizations feel valued, respected and heard, and are inspired to be their best selves because of the commitment these winning companies have made to create a great workplace for all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the company.”
Great Place to Work measures companies on the following characteristics: Executive team effectiveness, innovation, people-focused programs, and Great Place to Work For All. In a Great Place to Work For All, employees report high levels of trust, credible and respectful leadership, pride in the work, and camaraderie. The survey also looks to see that employees consistently experience this great workplace, regardless of who they are or what they do. Each company is scored on their analysis of anonymous employee responses to more than 50 survey questions on their Trust Index Survey, together with their evaluation of company programs and practices as measured through their Culture Audit assessment.
As for the Prince George location, officials with Sheetz have not released a timetable for the new Temple Avenue store’s opening.