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Sheetz to bring new center, 254 jobs to Burlington

Posted September 5, 2012

Convenience store chain Sheetz plans to build a distribution and food manufacturing center in Burlington that will create 254 jobs over the next six years, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

The company said it will invest more than $32.8 million in the center, which will support the Pennsylvania-based company’s growing retail base in the South. The investment includes an $800,000 grant from the state’s One North Carolina Fund. The fund is allocated for industry recruitment and expansion.

“We appreciate the support we received from the Department of Commerce, Alamance County and the City of Burlington throughout this process,” Stan Sheetz, president and chief executive officer of Sheetz Inc., said in a statement. “North Carolina’s winning mix of a strong labor force, financial assistance, and excellent location will enable us to better serve our customers and expand our offerings in North Carolina and Virginia.”

The average annual payroll for the center is estimated at $7.4 million.

The state Economic Investment Committee on Wednesday voted to award Sheetz another special grant designed to grow jobs in North Carolina.

Under the terms of the Job Development Investment Grant, the company could earn as much as $1.9 million if it meets and sustains job creation targets over the next 12 years.

“Companies like Sheetz recognize that North Carolina is a great place to thrive because of our top-notch business climate, well-trained workforce, and a strong logistics network that fits the company’s needs,” Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement. “We’re going to keep leveraging North Carolina’s tremendous assets as we continue our focus on job expansion.”


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  • beaupeep Sep 5, 2012

    So, averaging $29,000/job ($7.4mil/254jobs) we have 250 people who won't earn enough to pay any taxes yet we're giving up $2.7 million for them to build it.

    That's Democratic math, fer sure!

  • daughters of anarchy Sep 5, 2012

    The unfortunate reality is that most of the jobs created under President Barack Obama’s administration pay low wages. About three-fifths of the jobs created during the economic recovery are low-wage, while most of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle-wages, according to a recent study from the National Employment Law Project. More than 40 percent of the jobs created during the economic recovery have been in low-paying sectors like retail, food and employment services.

  • timtooltime777 Sep 5, 2012

    Sheetz is making the biggest mistake of their corporation decision ! The people in that area just want oboma bucks !
    Why work !!

  • Wacky_dood Sep 5, 2012

    "And I'm guessing they aren't going to park their money in the Caymanns or Switzerland. hardycitrus"

    The money is going to Pennsylvania. In my book that's much worse.

    These types of companies are perfectly suited to South Carolina. I think North Carolina should encourage the migration of these types of low scale jobs, and the people who work them, to South Carolina.

    That way we can kill two birds with one stone.

  • hardycitrus Sep 5, 2012

    Sheetz started as a corner store in Altoona PA in 1952.

    These are "job creators" who started a "small business." Right? So let's see some Republican enthusiasm!

    And I'm guessing they aren't going to park their money in the Caymanns or Switzerland.

  • Wacky_dood Sep 5, 2012

    This isn't good. Companies like Sheetz drive out small business owners in the convenience store space. Those profits leave North Carolina and go to the owners in PA. It's the same thing Amazon, Borders and Barnes and Noble did to kill off the small independent book stores.

    Now we have the State of North Carolina giving tax breaks to help subsidize 254 jobs in food processing that will probably pay little more than the minimum wage. In the long run, this will end up costing the state as Sheetz displaces more and more small business owners.

  • JJ20 Sep 5, 2012

    Sheetz has grown tremendously in NC since placing one of their first NC stores near the airport years ago. I hope the company has plans to expand further south as trips to Florida would be nicer with a Sheetz run!

  • hardycitrus Sep 5, 2012

    >Very good news. Anything that brings jobs helps.

    What doesn't bring jobs is the GOPs obsession with race, sex, and religion.

  • storchheim Sep 5, 2012

    Very good news. Anything that brings jobs helps.