By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: June 18, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George and its Puddledock business corridor continue to grow as new companies find their home in the county, with popular fuel and fuel center Sheetz joining that growing roster of businesses in the area, opening to eager customers during their grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday.
While being a gas station, the Pennsylvania-based chain is most known for its MTO – made-to-order – food and beverage menu that draws loyal customers to their many locations across the Commonwealth. Their new location in Prince George features a seating area to enjoy meals or to take a break after a long day of running errands and a car wash to keep vehicles shiny and clean.
During Thursday’s grand opening, manager Kathy Strubel greeted soon-to-be customers, county leaders, and others as she cut the ribbon to open the store for the first time.
“Prince George County is just elated to have Sheetz build its 590th convenience store in the Puddledock area,” said Percy C. Ashcraft, Prince George County Administrator. “Sheetz is a highly-reputable, family-owned business that has been successful for decades. Included in its mission is to give back to the community in numerous ways. We appreciate the jobs that have been created and the expansion of our business tax base.”
The grand opening was a full-feature event for the convenience store chain, with two drawings for Sheetz gift cards, an Amazon Echo unit, and many other fun prizes for customers as local radio station K95 played music and offered their own drawings and freebies for customers.
In honor of their newest store opening, Sheetz made a donation to Special Olympics, Virginia. Sheetz has supported the mission of Special Olympics for over 20 years in an effort to assist athletes everywhere in reaching their potential. Sheetz also conducted a non-perishable food drive during the grand opening event for donation to the FeedMore Food bank.
“This is an awesome and exciting grand opening,” said Floyd Brown, Jr., Vice-Chair, Prince George Board of Supervisors. “We are proud to have Sheetz as the newest business in the county because much like us, they stay quite involved in the communities they are in. They are a family-owned business that has a long history of giving back, and we welcome them, and know they will do great things in the county.”
The new Sheetz features a Coffee Espresso Bar. Trained baristas will be on-duty 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year. They will make amazing lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and frozen fruit smoothies to order. There is also an extensive selection of cold and toasted subs, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, fresh hand-tossed salads, and crazy-good French fries. All of this, plus the gas, sodas, and most anything else you would find in a convenience store is available 24-hours-a-day, day or night, every day of the year.
“I must say that every community that we have had the pleasure or the opportunity to do business in, have been good community partners for us,” said Louie Sheetz, Director, Sheetz Board. “I can’t tell you when we didn’t have good community partners. This community of Prince George though has been especially warm, welcoming, and helpful; and we don’t always get that initially. Not everybody in communities is looking for new development. That was certainly not the case here in Prince George. Everyone has been so helpful, and you can tell by the crowd here that everyone is excited, even without a lot of prior fanfare, advertising, or excitement. There are so many out here to help us celebrate our opening.
“We are more than pleased with the opening of this, Sheetz Store 657, and that gives Sheetz a total of 590 stores, all of them family-owned. We are grateful, proud, and humbled,” he closed.
This newest addition to the Sheetz family is located at 1900 Colonial Crossing Drive, Prince George, 23875, next to Colonial Harley-Davidson, on Temple Avenue and Temple Parkway.