Third Sheetz coming to Greencastle-Antrim area

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
It looks like Greencastle will be the home of a third Sheetz store. The oldest Sheetz (left) in Greencastle is at 215 W. Baltimore St. The store at 11104 Grindstone Hill Road (center) was built in 2010. It has more modern amenities, including seating and a car wash. A Sheetz convenience store may be built in 2013 at Exit 3 (right).

A third Sheetz for the Greencastle-Antrim area? Yes, it's in the planning stages!

Sheetz Inc. is laying the groundwork to open a third store in the Greencastle-Antrim community, aimed at a location right along the Interstate-81 corridor.

Antrim Township Municipal Authority reviewed plans submitted by Sheetz Inc. at its July 30 meeting, but members were not ready to issue any approval for sewer services.

Mike LeCesa, Sheetz director of real estate, told the Echo Pilot Tuesday it was too early to give details on the new store. He had not even realized the plans were in the hands of ATMA. LeCesa said the plans were just given to Antrim's Planning Commission, as well as to Franklin County.

ATMA put the brakes on Sheetz' request for conditional approval at the Monday meeting. Bob Schemmerling, Chad Murray, Rick Baer and Rodney Eberly thought the plans were too vague. Two pages of comments had been attached to them by township staff and the engineer.

The Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain has one gas station on West Baltimore Street, another on Buchanan Trail East, and the latest is scheduled to go in at exit 3. Tim Hogan, development manager for Atapco, was at the ATMA meeting for another matter. He said he did not put the Sheetz plans on the agenda, but the company would build on Lot 10 just north of Atapco's acreage being cleared and leveled near the exit. The development firm has been readying Antrim Commons Business Park for the installation of water and sewer. The property is situated west of U.S. 11 at the interchange and runs north toward Commerce Drive.

Hogan expected Sheetz to begin construction in the spring of 2013, timing its opening to the completion of the realignment of the exit 3 southbound ramp. Atapco received a $3 million federal grant to move the road to meet up with a new connector road into the business park. The money will be distributed by PennDOT with Antrim named the local oversight agency.

LeCesa told the Echo Pilot the new store would not be put on the construction calendar until all permits were in order, including through PennDOT. He thought it would be a year out. Sheetz is working with Atapco, he said, and typically purchased the ground for its stores.