Our Building Department staff told me that they’ve completed their inspections and they’ve issued Sheetz a certificate of occupancy which means Sheetz can open their doors as soon as they’re ready. Anecdotally I’ve heard that the Sheetz folks are busy stocking shelves, hiring and training the new staff to work the store. The date that I am hearing for their Grand Opening is December 9th.
With all the bridge construction going on right now, I’m sure you’re wondering how customers will get in an out of the store — and that’s a good question. It turns out that the City Engineer has been working with the Sheetz manager, the ODOT Construction Project manager, and the bridge project contractors to ensure that the Sheetz has some limited driveway access on both SR 43 and Fairchild Avenue. And everyone agrees that they can accomplish that.
In about a month (January 19th, 2011) the access issue will be moot as Fairchild Avenue will be fully re-opened and the contractor’s work will shift away from the street adjacent to the new Sheetz store but until then Sheetz will be provided limited driveway access off of SR 43 (north end of the property) and on Fairchild Avenue (westernmost end of the property).
Sheetz knew that the Fairchild Avenue bridge was going to be constructed when they planned their new store so none of this comes as a surprise. And next year, when the weather warms up Sheetz will also have some final landscaping to perform to complete their construction requirements.