Sheetz may soon add a second location in Louisa County, with plans to build a convenience store, restaurant and fuel station at the corner of East Main Street and the Route 208 Connector in town.
The national company, which already has one location at Zion Crossroads, has filed an application with the town of Louisa in hopes of expanding its services to Louisa residents.
The business plans to locate on the undeveloped lot at the corner of Rt. 208 and the adjacent property where the Exxon drive-thru convenience store and fuel station is currently located.
The owner of the Exxon, G. B. “Budgie” Duke, of Duke Oil Company, commented on the sale of his business and property to Sheetz. Although he hates to see the business, which he believes is the only drive-thru convenience store in Virginia, go, he said, “Time marches on.”
If approved by the town, Sheetz will be fully built-out and operational by 2015 and will offer 12 fueling stations and a quick service restaurant. According to Allen Stevens, Sheetz’s real estate site selector, it is too early to know exactly when in 2015 the company will open its doors for business until the initial process with the town has been completed.
Regarding traffic in the area, Sheetz states it is not typically a significant generator of volumes of new traffic, but relies on serving travelers who already use the area.
According to Stevens, the site should provide ample parking and adequate car
maneuvering to allow orderly access and operation of the site from a traffic standpoint.
Town of Louisa Police Chief Jessie Shupe stated his department will rely on the traffic impact analysis from Virginia Department of Transportation, which will provide recommendations on alleviating any traffic issues or concerns that may develop.
In a report by Kittelson and Associates, who performed a traffic operations analysis for Sheetz, the area can support the proposed development of the business in fulfillment of Louisa County and VDOT’s requirements. The analysis was developed in collaboration with Louisa County and VDOT staff.
Tom Anastasi, an engineer with Sheetz, said the company is a good neighbor, and from an economic development standpoint, the business will provide new jobs and benefits, increased tax base and potential for additional development in the corridor.
To read the entire story, see the March 13 edition of The Central Virginian.