ALTOONA, Pa., Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sheetz, one of America's fastest growing family-owned convenience store chains, will celebrate the opening of its 500th store on Feb. 24. All Sheetz locations will give away free coffee and fountain drinks that day, and a grand opening event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new store, located at 1810 Liberty Dr., Thomasville, North Carolina 27360.
"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."
"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 and Penn State," continued 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 employs more than 16,000 employees in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. The company was named one of 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.
Sheetz is deeply committed to the communities each store serves. The Sheetz For the Kidz® annual holiday event has provided more than 85,000 underprivileged children with new toys, clothes and necessities each holiday season since 1992. Sheetz partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, sending over 40 families of seriously ill children on dream vacations to Disney World each year. In addition, every Sheetz location partners with the Special Olympics and a local food bank in its area, donating time, food and funds.
About Sheetz, Inc. 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 $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 16,000 employees. The company operates 500 convenience store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of Made-To-Order sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.