Sheetz Inc. will build a new $32.8 million distribution and food production center in Burlington, N.C., creating 254 new jobs, the company said Wednesday.
The move is a key element in the company's rapid expansion plans for new convenience restaurants, particularly in its North Carolina and Virginia markets, the company said in a news release. The distribution center will be similar to the company's facility in Claysburg.
"The Burlington area has an exceptional highway network allowing for fast, fresh distribution of our products as well as a having skilled and highly motivated workforce," company President and CEO Stan Sheetz said. "These factors, and the support we received from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Alamance County and the City of Burlington, made this location stand out from the others we considered."
The new center will include about 245,000 square feet of space and produce a variety of bakery and ready-to-eat items including sandwiches, salads and other convenience restaurant foods that will be delivered fresh every day to Sheetz stores.
"Across our six-state market area from Ohio to North Carolina, Sheetz is known for providing a wide variety of freshly made foods and specialty coffees," Sheetz said.
The company is scheduled to break ground in June 2013 with an opening scheduled for December 2014. The facility will have an annual payroll of about $7.4 million plus benefits. Currently, the company operates 429 convenience restaurants in Pennsylvania and five other states.