New Sheetz distribution center could bring 250 jobs to Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A popular convenience store chain is considering Burlington as the site of a new distribution center.

If the city and county agree to the requested incentives, the company may invest millions of dollars into the community and create more than 250 jobs.

Sheetz, the hi-tech convenient store chain that offers made to order foods, is interested in opening a distribution center in Burlington. 

Sheetz has asked for more than $1 million worth of incentives and infrastructure from both the city and Alamance County. If the concessions are made, Sheetz promises to invest more than $32 million into the area.

“They've still got options. We're option A, if you will. We need to finish everything we've been talking about for option A to be the ultimate choice,” said Mac Williams, President of the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce.

According to Williams, the company is also considering another location.  The competing location was not confirmed, but Williams said it was probably in Virginia.

County, city officials and the company are taking everything in consideration regarding the proposed distribution center. Each party has to make sure the decisions being made are the right ones.

“It's an important [decision] because of who it is, what they do, the sector that they're in, their future growth,” said Williams, who has been working on the project for almost a year.

The company's public relations manager Monica Jones said they want to build 30 new stores in the next year, most of those in North Carolina. With a distribution center in Burlington, the company can stock stores throughout the south.

“It's just a very growing area of the country… pretty dynamic. So far, the communities we've served in North Carolina have been great to us. Since we're expanding farther south it just seemed like the next logical step for us,” said Jones.

The proposed food distribution center would be the chain's second hub. The other is located in Pennsylvania.

If Burlington is chosen, the distribution center could be built on land off White Kennel Road.

William said the company will make a decision shortly after a public hearing set for Sept. 4.

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