Sheetz plans going forward

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By Shannon Watkins

City Manager Keith Barker says that the new Sheetz convenience store will be coming to Galax after all permits are secured, a process that has taken some time.

Galax City Council voted this summer to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive so that Sheetz Inc. can build at the location. However, some people who were eager for the store to open have wondered why there has been no obvious progress at the site.

“We had to get the stormwater agreement passed [last] Monday,” Barker said, referring to council taking action at its Sept. 8 meeting. “Law requires stormwater and erosion and sediment control permits to be issued prior to any building permits.”

The stormwater management resolution approved by council requires that each property owner who is installing a stormwater facility or device to provide a maintenance agreement that must be recorded with the property. The city is authorized to inspect these devices on a routine basis and set conditions for repairs if there is a problem.

Sheetz or its contractor must now complete acquisition of stormwater and erosion and sediment control permits. After that, Sheetz can apply for a building permit.

A site plan for Sheetz shows a 6,500-square-foot store on the lot at the corner of East Stuart Drive and Cranberry Road, with six gas pumps, an outdoor dining area, a large parking lot and extensive landscaping.

The plan shows one main entrance off East Stuart, and two entrances off Cranberry.

The store is expected to employ between 35-40 full- and part-time workers.

In addition to gas and convenience store items, Sheetz has freshly prepared food — sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, burritos, smoothies, fresh baked goods, salads, breakfast foods, wings and wraps. There is also a Sheetz Bros. Coffee espresso bar with hot and frozen lattes, mochas, espresso and hot chocolate.