ALTOONA, Pa., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Sheetz today makes Pennsylvania history as it announces that it will begin selling beer and malt-based coolers at its convenience restaurant in Altoona. Sheetz president and CEO, Stan Sheetz will make the announcement at a press conference at the convenience restaurant beginning at 1:30 p.m. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061212/CLTU039LOGO ) The retail chain yesterday was officially granted a malt beverage license for the restaurant location by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The license allows carry out sales of beer in six-packs of 12-ounce or 16 ounce bottles or 12-packs of 10-ounce, 12-ounce or 16-ounce bottles. No 40-ounce individual bottles will be sold. Sheetz, Inc. will not allow consumption of alcohol on the premises. The Sheetz convenience restaurant is a unique destination. The 10,000 square-foot facility is more than double the size of a typical Sheetz store. It has a full espresso bar, indoor seating for 54 guests, and a drive thru - to name a few of its features. The ability to sell beer in this special location is a long-awaited effort for Sheetz. "We strive to provide customers with products and services that make their lives easier," says Stan Sheetz, president and CEO, Sheetz, Inc. "For our customers who buy beer, it is an added convenience for them to be able to purchase it at our restaurant when they come in for dinner or to pick up other items." While Sheetz already has licenses to sell alcohol in 107 of its stores in Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, this is a first in Pennsylvania. Sheetz is committed to being a responsible retailer of alcohol at all of its locations. Before a Sheetz employee can sell alcohol or tobacco, he or she must be trained and certified in several training programs. The Sheetz internal computer based training provides intensive instruction on the responsible handling of beer and tobacco sales. Sheetz uses a third party company called Heath Solutions to then come in and put employees through two additional training programs called Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) and Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS.) These classes are designed to teach frontline retail and hospitality workers how to sell alcohol responsibly. "The sale of age-restricted products is something that we take very seriously at Sheetz," adds Stan Sheetz. "We have a long history and a lot of experience dealing with the sale of age restricted products, including beer and we have always been committed to being a responsible retailer. It will be no different at the Altoona Convenience Restaurant." Sheetz will hold one of its RAMP/TIPS training sessions after the press conference beginning at 3:00 p.m. and has opened that session to media and law enforcement officials to demonstrate to the local community how serious Sheetz is about being a responsible retailer of alcohol in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $3.8 billion in revenue for 2006 and more than 11,000 employees. The company operates more than 330 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of Made-to-Order(R) subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Sheetz currently ranks 79th on the Forbes list of largest private companies and has received awards in both Ohio and Pennsylvania for being named among their Best Places to Work in 2006. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com.
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