New Sheetz prepares to open on the Corner

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- There's no gas station at the new Sheetz location on the University of Virginia Corner, but it will otherwise function as normal Sheetz convenient store.

Officials said the store's unique cafe-style makes it even more special.

Sheetz fans, better known as "Sheetz freaks," said they are looking forward to the store opening.

"I'm so excited about the new Sheetz for cheap coffee and snacks," said Katie Melia, a UVA student.

Melia was one of the many UVA students who lined up for a free iced coffee Monday afternoon in anticipation of the new location opening its doors.

Sheetz handed out free items to prepare for its grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 28.

While Melia said she is excited about the new store, she says some of her classmates are not.

"They say it's weird to have a Sheetz with no gas station," said Melia.

The new store is now one of four in the country with no gas. While it sounds strange to some customers, Sheetz officials said it is not.

"They will notice it won't have gas but once you walk in here, it will have everything a regular Sheetz has," said public relations manager Nick Ruffner.

The store includes the classic "Made-to-Order" foods and drinks.

Ruffner said Sheetz looked at the type of customers who would shop there while they built it.

"You have a lot of student traffic and a lot of hospital traffic," said Ruffner.

He said it is a great customer demographic to have for a store that will be open 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year.

"We like to call ourselves the ultimate one-stop shop," said Ruffner.

The new Sheetz will have a grand opening on Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.

The first 100 customers will receive a Sheetz tailgate chair, and customers will also have a chance to enter to win a $1000 Sheetz gift card.



 
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