THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Sheetz Inc. will hold a day of celebration chainwide to commemorate the opening of its 500th store here on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The convenience store chain will give away free coffee and fountain drinks all day at its stores, with a grand-opening celebration taking place in Thomasville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Sheetz is experiencing exponential growth and this marks a significant milestone, not only for our company but also for the three generations of the Sheetz family who continue to run it," said Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz Inc. "From one small dairy store founded by my uncle, Bob Sheetz, in 1952, we've grown to one of the fastest growing family-owned convenience retailers with 500 stores across six states."
Sheetz has big organic growth plans for the remainder of 2015, the company's CEO added.
"We are thrilled to carry this momentum throughout the year with more than 30 store openings in 2015, including a new restaurant concept at WVU [West Virginia University] and Penn State," said Joe Sheetz. "The new restaurant concept, which will serve up Sheetz signature Made-To-Order food, is just one example of how Sheetz continues to reinvent itself and bring innovation to our industry."
Sheetz, established in 1952, has 16,000 employees in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina.
The Altoona, Pa.-based chain was named to Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014 and is included on the Best Places to Work lists in Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.