BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Sheetz broke ground on its new distribution center in Burlington on Thursday morning.
Sheetz President and CEO, Stan Sheetz, Executive Vice President of Sheetz Distribution Services, Ray Ryan and the new Sheetz Director of the Burlington Distribution Center, Frank Scott, joined Alamance County Chamber of Commerce President, Mac Williams, several Alamance County and City of Burlington officials as part of the official ceremony.
The 44-acre site will include a Sheetz Bros. Kitchen bakery, distribution and warehousing center for the Sheetz distribution fleet, and also will provide space for various other corporate support departments serving the locations throughout our southern region. It will help to offset the cost of having to transport supplies from Sheetz' only distribution center in Pennsylvania.
The distribution center is expected to be open by fall 2014.
Sheetz currently has 450 locations, 56 of which are in North Carolina.
The company has plans to open about 50 more stores in the state over the next five years.
Alamance County-based Samet Corporation will oversee management of the $32.8 million construction project. Altogether, the project will cost about $52 million. When completed, the structure will house 250,000 square-feet of space and create an estimated 254 jobs by the end of 2018.
Employee compensation will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll will be over $7.4 million plus benefits.
The Burlington center is being constructed with the possibility of future expansion in mind -- although nothing has been set in stone, officials said.
“We've designed the facility that each section can be expanded upon, essentially we can double the size to around 500-thousand square feet here at this location," Ryan said.