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Sheetz hits milestone, opens its 600th store

Altoona-based Sheetz will reach another milestone today with the opening of its 600th store at 973 William Flynn Highway, Glenshaw, in Shaler Township.

The convenience store chain was founded in 1952 by Bob Sheetz.

“It was in Bob’s head to open 10 stores,” said his brother Steve Sheetz, now chairman of the Sheetz Family Council. “When we opened number 10 in Huntingdon, Bob said, ‘Brother, let’s open 100.'” Sheetz hit the 100-store mark in 1983, and Bob retired a year later.

Growth continues, and the company has a new goal.

“We are still growing,” said Steve Sheetz. “We hope for 5 percent net growth per year, and we hope to open 30 next year. The goal is now to reach 1,000 stores.”

Travis Sheetz, current president and chief operating officer, said he is humbled by this milestone and the remarkable growth Sheetz has experienced across the Mid-Atlantic.

“This could not have been achieved without our hardworking employees and loyal customers,” Travis Sheetz said in a statement. “But we’re not stopping at 600. Sheetz will continue the momentum in 2020 and beyond and will grow our locations and innovate our offerings to continue to give our customers what they want, when they want it, 24/7/365.”

In honor of the latest milestone, all 600 Sheetz locations will provide customers who order online today with 600 free loyalty points.

A special grand opening ceremony will take place this morning at the newest store, during which Sheetz will donate $2,500 to the Bread of Life Food Pantry, an affiliate of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.

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