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Downtown Hagerstown Sheetz store undergoing renovations

Store will get a new facade, new gas tanks and an improved store layout

August 04, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • The Sheetz store at the corner of East Washington Street and South Cannon Avenue is undergoing renovations.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

When the remodeled Sheetz on the edge of downtown Hagerstown opens at the end of September the store will have a new facade, new gas tanks and an improved store layout, including a bigger coffee bar area, according to a company official.

The remodeling work began about two weeks ago and will cost approximately $1 million, said Monica Jones, a spokeswoman for the Altoona, Pa.-based chain.

All of the employees at the Sheetz, at the corner of East Washington Street and South Cannon Avenue, are working at other Sheetz sites until the store reopens, Jones said.

"We've been going back and doing some refreshing and remodeling to what we call our 'white-block stores,'" or those which have white brick on the outside, Jones said.

"Over the course of the next several years we'll be remodeling all those stores with that look and feel," she said.

The modernization includes a new red-brick exterior and a new canopy over the gas pumps.

The underground fuel tanks will be replaced with leak-proof, double-walled concrete tanks, Jones said. There weren't any problems with the current tanks, but underground tank technology has improved, she said.

The 301 E. Washington St. store opened in 1982 and was last remodeled in 1994.

Approximately 375 square feet will be added to the store, to accommodate new restrooms that are accessible to people with handicaps and larger entrance areas at the store's two main entries, she said.

The store is also getting a newer, bigger kitchen to make it easier for employees to accommodate the menu, which has grown in recent years, Jones said.

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