Sheetz to build new store in Hagerstown

February 19, 1998


Staff Writer

Sheetz Inc. plans to build a gas station and convenience store in Hagerstown's South End.

The 24-hour operation would open at the northeast corner of South Potomac Street and Oak Ridge Drive, said Matt Davis, a planner with the city of Hagerstown.

Sheetz has wanted to build a store at that intersection for 10 years, but ran into zoning problems with a lot across Oak Ridge Drive, said Joseph M. Sheetz, vice president of store development.

"It's a great intersection and a part of town we're not covering now," Sheetz said.

The company has 23 stores in the Tri-State area.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission will consider site plan approval for the store at a March meeting, Davis said.

The store could be ready to open about 14 weeks after permit approval was obtained, Sheetz said.

The project includes eight gas pumps that can accommodate 16 cars at a time, he said.


The South End Sheetz would be similar in size to the store at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 66, Sheetz said.

The store would employ from 25 to 30 full- and part-time workers, he said.

Sheetz said he did not know the cost of the project, but said the stores typically cost $60 per square foot.

Using that figure, the cost of the store, listed on the site plan as being a 4,000-square-foot building, would be around $240,000.

Sheetz would lease the land from The Bowman Group, Davis said. A ranch house on the 1.36 acres would be removed.

The site plan calls for the developer to build a city street off Oak Ridge Drive to provide full access to and from the store, Davis said.

The site plan includes a proposed entrance on Potomac Street. Davis said that might be restricted to a right-turn-only entrance and exit because it is a state highway.

Sheetz said a second access road might be built off Potomac Street, or Md. 65.

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