Sheetz vs. Local Business

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Work is charging forward on the new Sheetz, and local businesses are gearing up for some competition.

"I realize that it's just another convenience store to compete with but I'm hoping we'll just have our regulars to back us up," Diana Campbell says.

Campbell says good customer service is her best weapon.

"Just keeping them happy when they come in and they walk out happy, smiling and laughing, having a good time," Campbell says.

Ciro's Manager Adam Decker says they don't have anything to worry about.

"Sheetz has the quicker, easier food to get, but I believe our food speaks for itself. It's better than the Sheetz food, so competition will be good for us," Adam Decker explains.

Decker also says the lights at Sheetz will spotlight other businesses, including his.

"It just brings a lot more people around so everybody sees this part of town which they don't usually get to see," Decker says.

Sheetz will include more pumps than the surrounding gas stations as well as a convenience store and made to order food.

"I'm sure it's going to affect them, and it may not affect them that much and it's a bad intersection to try and get through and if it's easier to get in and out of another station people'll go there, I think," says Roger Baker.

But, plans are in the works to improve the intersection. The city is widening the radius for people making right hand turns off Country Club Road. According to Baker, "If you want to make a right turn especially for trucks and other vehicles it's kinda hard to make that because it's such a short radius."

Both the construction on the road and Sheetz should be complete by the end of the year.

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