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New Martinsburg-area Sheetz to include drive-through

March 26, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The new Sheetz store planned south of Martinsburg at the U.S. 11 and Business Park Drive intersection is expected to include drive-through service, a unique feature among the Altoona, Pa.,-based company’s string of stores in the region, officials said Monday.

Sketch plans for a 6,489-square-foot convenience store with a carwash, gas pumps and a drive-thru on 4.07 acres in Tabler Station Business Park were advanced by the Berkeley County Planning Commission to the preliminary plan stage of the county’s approval process.

Construction of the new store, which would join at least 10 other locations in the Eastern Panhandle, could start later this year, but Sheetz officials who attended the commission meeting couldn’t say when the project would get under way.

Stephen Christian, executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority, said Monday that Sheetz has a contract to purchase the property.

“We think its a good location for them,” Christian said.

Business Park Drive replaced Tabler Station Road as the connecting route between Interstate 81 at exit 8 and U.S. 11, and was built to spur development of the business park.

Christian said he hopes the Sheetz project will create some “momentum” for additional development of the remaining smaller commercial lots in the business park.

The Sheetz location proposed is next to the 167th TFR Federal Credit Union, which is the only other small commercial tenant in the business park, Christian said. Verizon Wireless also has acquired a small amount of property to construct a data tower that is for 4G service, he said.

The business park, which encompasses about 250 acres, was proposed as the site for a much larger development project dubbed “Project Java” last year, but an asphalt plant is currently the largest tenant, Christian said.

A decision on whether Project Java comes to Berkeley County still is in a “holding pattern,” Christian said.

Plans presented to the county for Project Java proposed construction of two warehouse/distribution center-type buildings  on two lots totaling 195 acres in the business park, and each structure would cover more than 1 million square feet.

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