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South Boston News / May 16, 2019

The Sheetz convenience store, a busy part of Halifax County’s busiest intersection, will close temporarily this summer as the chain demolishes and rebuilds the 16-year-old location.

Sheetz will close on May 20 and reopen in early August as the new store goes up at 1007 Philpott Road, the intersection of U.S. 58 and 501.

Nick Ruffner, a Sheetz spokesman, said that the rebuilding project is a routine store replacement for the Altoona, Pa.-based chain. The location in Riverdale was built on March 27, 2003, making it roughly 16 years old.

“We make it a priority to rebuild our stores on a regular basis,” Ruffner said.

While there is no reopening date more specific than “early August,” Ruffner was clear that the demolition would begin the day after the store closes.

“We’re looking forward to having this project completed and getting back to serving the community,” Ruffner said.

The new store is intended to be more convenient for both customers and the staff that works to serve them. It will be 5,694 square feet, and will feature seating both inside and outside the building. Additionally, the store will offer new amenities, though Ruffner declined to offer details.

“It’ll look just like a brand new store location,” Ruffner said.

While the reconstruction is underway, employees will be offered jobs at other Sheetz locations.

The firetruck-red building will be completely torn down, including the pumps, which means customers will have to look elsewhere to find their gas and sandwiches.

Chris Bowman, who was buying a lottery ticket at Sheetz on Monday, seemed unconcerned.

“They just need to do what they need to do. It’s going to be a few months without the store, but I think Halifax County will survive.”

Bowman, a county resident, said that he would have to find other gas stations

“That’s not a big deal. I’m not stuck on Sheetz.”

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WHAT??? A company that plans on regularly rebuilding or remodeling its businesses? The Board of Supervisors maybe could schedule Sheetz to teach them how to handle such things. Three months to build a brand new gas station with pumps and our BOS can't even get a foundation laid in over a year!!!! I'm sure the IDA will take some credit for this too!!!

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