A new convenience store option in Centre County might not be too far off, as construction of a Rutter’s store and gas station on Benner Pike could be ready to begin by the end of next week.
Benner Township secretary Sharon Royer said Rutter’s received its highway occupancy permit on June 3, and there are just a couple of other “little loose ends” that need to be completed before construction can begin. She said she anticipates the York-based company will receive its construction permit by the end of next week.
The plans are for a 10,000-square-foot store with 14 auto fueling stations and five tractor-trailer diesel fueling stations, directly across from the county jail on the west side of Benner Pike, at its intersection with Rishel Hill Road.
Project manager Tony Fruchtl, from Penn Terra Engineering, the civil engineers for the project, said in December when the plans were announced that the layout looks similar to a typical Rutter’s store. He said he believes that a project like this should take six to eight months to complete.
Rutter’s has also applied for a liquor license that would allow it to sell beer and wine at the location, similar to many Sheetz convenience stores in the area.
The plans also include a tractor-trailer scale at the location. The plans show no driveway entrances to the store from Benner Pike, but there may be entrances on Rishel Hill Road and Venture Drive, according to Chris Schnure from the county planning office.
Rutter’s touts itself as the oldest vertically integrated food company in the country. The Rutter family has a farming history that dates back 270 years. The company started into convenience stores in 1968 and now has more than 60 locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This would be the company’s first location in Centre County.
The stores offer a variety of food choices and a large coffee bar. The company was rated No. 5 on the list of the top 250 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal in 2018.