Long-time Sheetz customer Cathy Gaddo paused for a moment to take in the new layout of the recently remodeled Sheetz Store #340 in South Boston on Thursday.
Gaddo, a self-described coffee lover, said she was impressed with the layout and changes to the store, including a large inside dining area complete with flat screen television, in addition to a more wide-open layout.
The store still includes outside seating and, of course, gas.
“I’m glad it’s finally open again,” said Gaddo before purchasing a drink from Sheetz employee Ayanni Johnson.
The South Boston location of Sheetz, located at the intersection of Huell Matthews Highway and Philpott Road, first opened for business in March 2003 and closed May 20 for a total remodel from the ground up.
Sheetz employees at South Boston Store #340 were offered jobs at other Sheetz locations including Roxboro, North Carolina, and Danville, while the South Boston store was being rebuilt.
The new Sheetz boasts an ice cream bar, expanded brewing capacity and a cappuccino machine, and Nick Ruffner, public relations manager for Sheetz, said the store has increased from its original size by roughly 1,000 square feet, with the remodeled store now covering 5,694 square feet.
“The increased store size allowed us to install indoor seating in the front of the store. The store’s bathrooms were also updated and made larger,” said Ruffner.
Sheetz is employing 15-20 team members at the remodeled store, according to Ruffner.
“We are excited to be offering our loyal Sheetz customers in South Boston an updated store look, one that will allow our customers the opportunity to enjoy our food while sitting comfortably inside the store,” Ruffner added.
Sheetz Inc. is an American chain of convenience stores and coffee shops owned by the Sheetz family, selling a mix of fast food and convenience store items.
Founded in 1952 by G. Robert “Bob” Sheetz, there are currently almost 600 Sheetz locations in the United States, including the one in South Boston.
Sheetz sells gasoline, cigarettes, beverages and miscellaneous grocery items, but the chain’s emphasis is on fresh food, relying on a touchscreen computer ordering system to allow customers to build their own sandwiches as well as order other food items prepared in the store’s open kitchen 24 hours a day.
The chain also is known for its made-to-order coffee, offering its own specialty blend, and it regularly offers customers free coffee on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.