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Number of locations
Joseph S. Sheetz, President &
Stanton R. Sheetz, Chairman
Steve Sheetz, Family Council Chairman
Sheetz Bros. Coffee, Gasoline
Number of employees
more than 13,600(2011)
food made to order"
Inc.is a chain
stores owned by the Sheetz
family. Its headquarters are in Altoona,
are located in Maryland,
Sheetz has long employed the "Z" that the name ends with, and the "Sh"
that the name begins with, in various marketing efforts. These include the Sheetz loadable gift card, the "Z"
card; the Sheetz chicken wings, known and marketed as "Shwingz"; the Sheetz breakfast sandwich, known and
marketed as "Shmuffinz"; and their "Nachoz."
Sheetz, Inc was
founded by Bob Sheetz in 1952 when he purchased one of his father's five dairy stores located
Pennsylvania. In 1961, Bob hired his brother Steve to work part-time at the store. Sheetz family
rooted from German
In 1963 the second store was opened under the name "Sheetz Kwik Shopper."
Five years later, they opened the third store. In 1969, Steve joined Bob in the business as general manager. The
brothers planned to expand at the rate of one store per year with a target of seven stores by 1972. In 1972, the
company expanded from seven to fourteen stores. One year later, Sheetz added gasoline pumps and introduced
self-serve gasoline to Central Pennsylvania.
By 1983, Bob and Steve had opened 100 stores. The following year, Bob
retired and handed over the leadership of the company to his brother Steve.
In 1995, Stan Sheetz, Bob's son, became president and Steve assumed the
position of Chairman of the Board. To this day, Sheetz maintains a family business with five family members
serving on the Executive Committee.
mid-1990s, Sheetz also sold It! Cola, the chain's own private-label
drinks available in
cans, bottles, and as fountain drinks. Despite a cult following, the drink was discontinued for unknown reasons
and the fountains were replaced with Pepsi
products. The chain
now has both Pepsi and Coca-Cola
the fountains, though in older stores with fewer fountain spots available it is still predominantly Pepsi
products, with Coca-Cola and Diet
Coke as the only
In 2003, Sheetz
opened a concept store in the food court of Hanes
n Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. This location offered Sheetz' made-to-order foods and fountain beverages in a more
traditional fast food layout; it did not function as a convenience store.
store has since closed.
In early 2004,
Sheetz opened the world's first "Convenience Restaurant" in Altoona, PA. In December 2004 they began offering
the new Sheetz MasterCard
PayPass with RFID
into the card, and was one of the first retailers of any sector to accept such technology, ahead
rival 7-Eleven, all of
which rolled it out nationally in 2006.
On July 10, 2006
Sheetz became Pennsylvania's
second retail chain to offer E85
alternative at the select stations.
Mitchell Silver, the head of urban
was allegedly assaulted by a woman in 2013 after voting to proceed with re zoning
a new Sheetz on a property.
Sheetz now has more than 400 locations across six states — Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina — and more than 13,600 employees. All Sheetz stores
are company-owned-and-operated. The company has no plans to sell franchises.
Womack's Made to Order: The
Sheetz Storytraces the company's
history from its dairy-store origins through the present day.
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