LOUISA COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A new Sheetz opened on Thursday in the Town of Louisa. The gas station that also serves food made-to-order is located on the corner of Courthouse Road and Main Street.
Sheetz, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, replaced an old drive-through convenience store and gas station.
"It's going to be on and popping in Louisa,” said Louisa resident Thomas Mason. "With free Wi-Fi, you know everybody is going to be here."
Mason has been waiting for this day for a long time.
"I've been driving by seeing how far the building is coming, and then when they put the pumps up, it was like finally! Now that it's open, it’s reality and I'm loving it," he said.
The building opened a few months late because of construction issues. The opening event was well attended, including Emily Sheetz, director of talent development.
"I had an opportunity to speak with a number of community members and it sounds like they are excited for us to be here. We hope that we can enhance the offering for the community," said Sheetz.
This store is now one of more than 500 stores across the United States. Each store has the option to use a touch screen to order food or drink. Manager Catrina Foster moved to Louisa for the job.
"Everybody's been so excited to have us come and been waiting for us to open,” said Foster. “It's been really fun; the anticipation of us opening."
More than half of the two dozen employees are full time.
"The team that I've hired and I have is amazing. They're just dedicated to giving good service. They’re so friendly. Everyone in Louisa has been amazing and welcoming. I'm so happy to be here," said Foster.
According to Mayor Garland Nuckols, it should be a money maker for the town.
"Tax revenue should increase with this corner," he said. "It's one of the routes into the county."
He is hoping it does not end up hurting other businesses.
"We have several in town, and hopefully it will be equal for all of them to keep the town operating and not lose anybody as a business," said Nuckols.