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C-store chain plans major distribution center near Findlay

Posted By: The Blade on August 28, 2023.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

A Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain has decided to build a $150 million distribution center in Findlay as it develops plans to expand into northwest Ohio.

The Sheetz, Inc. facility on the city’s northwest side is expected to generate 750 full-time-equivalent jobs over the course of five years, a summary posted by the Regional Growth Partnership of Northwest Ohio said.

“Sheetz is thankful for the cooperation and support of all the local, county, and state leaders who have helped make this project possible,” Michael Sheetz, the Altoona, Pa.-based company’s president and chief executive, said in that posting.

“We’re excited to bring new opportunities to the area, as we continue to expand throughout the state of Ohio and into Michigan in 2025,” Mr. Sheetz said. “Findlay is located in the heart of this new growth area and will play a big role in the future of Sheetz.”

The family-owned chain has more than 600 stores in six states, including significant numbers in the Cleveland, Youngstown, and Columbus areas in Ohio. Besides selling its own branded gasoline and typical convenience-store merchandise, it is known for its “made to order” counters offering hot and cold sandwiches and other convenience foods.

Metro Toledo’s convenience-store market is already thick with Speedway, Circle K, TrueNorth Energy, and S&G stores, among the major players.

The Sheetz distribution center, which will include a regional food-preparation function, will be supported by a $1.1 million Roadwork Development Grant to the city of Findlay from the Ohio Department of Development. The grant will provide for widening a portion of Township Road 99 within the city by 6 feet; installing new storm sewers, curbs, and gutters; building new turn lanes at the Sheetz property entrance, and thickening the roadway’s surface for use by heavy trucks.

“Ohio is a great place for a family-owned and operated business like Sheetz to grow and succeed,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement. “Sheetz stores have been extremely well received in the Ohio communities where they’ve expanded, and this new, advanced facility will improve efficiencies for the company both here at home and throughout the Midwest while creating good-paying jobs in the Findlay area.”

Hancock County officials are also excited about the project.

“We are happy to have played a role in attracting this project and look forward to seeing the positive impact that Sheetz will have,” said Dan Sheaffer, the executive director of Findlay∙Hancock County Economic Development. “The facility will bring more well-paying, quality jobs to the area by a family-owned company that is truly committed to community success.”

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