A College Township Sheetz will be closed for the next several months while the existing store is torn down and a new one is built.
Fencing went up and work began Monday for the convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Shiloh Road and Benner Pike. The 16-year-old, 4,700 square foot store will be demolished replaced with a new, a new 6,077 square foot building.
The new store is expected to open on Aug. 22, said Mark Toretti, a project manager for PennTerra Engineering, which has been working with Sheetz on the project. Toretti said the hope is to secure a demolition permit within the next few days.
It will be the first Sheetz in the State College area with a drive-through. It also will have a restaurant feel for its dining area and a walk-in beer cooler, pending liquor license approval.
Fourteen gas pumps and 43 parking spaces will be included.
Plans to rebuild the location were first submitted to College Township in July 2018 and were put on hold in the fall while it was determined if a traffic study was needed. A Sheetz representative said at the time that if the traffic study were required, the company likely would have instead downsized the plans. The impact study, however, was found not to be needed and the plans were recorded with township in January.
The project is the second rebuild of a local Sheetz in recent years. The Valley Vista Drive location in Patton Township was torn down in late 2016 for construction of a new, 7,100 square foot store with 12 gas pumps, which opened in April 2017.