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Buffalo Township Sheetz to be torn down, rebuilt

This exterior shot on Wednesday shows a fuel canopy at the Sheetz station on South Pike Road in Buffalo Township. The convenience store chain plans to tear it down completely and rebuild it from scratch, reducing the number of fuel dispensers. William Pitts/Butler Eagle

BUFFALO TWP — Supervisors Wednesday night, June 12, gave convenience store Sheetz approval to tear down its current location on South Pike Road and rebuild it completely from scratch.

“They’re doing a total rebuild of the property,” said township manager Rich Hill. “They’re going to tear down the old Sheetz and build a new Sheetz.”

The new building will feature a larger main building measuring 6,139 square feet, along with a drive-thru, a new car wash building, and a new “fuel island” with five pairs of fuel dispensers. While the current Sheetz location in Buffalo Township does feature a car wash, it does not have a drive-thru.

The site plan was approved at a Buffalo Township planning commission meeting on June 5.

According to Hill, tearing down a location and starting from scratch is not an uncommon process with the popular convenience store chain.

“They do this on all their stores,” he said. “After about 15 years they basically redo all their stores to bring them up to the current technology.”

One thing there will be less of is fuel dispensers. Currently Sheetz has two separate fuel islands with a combined seven pairs of fuel dispensers. The rebuild will pare that down to one fuel island with five pairs of dispensers.

A Sheetz representative said the decision was based on the amount of gallons of fuel pumped per week at the location.

Township Supervisor Gary Risch recommended a speed bump be added to slow traffic entering the Sheetz property from the Municipal Authority of Buffalo building next door. The two properties are connected by an entrance/exit road.

“Since they put the Arby’s in there, there’s a lot of traffic trying to turn into Arby’s and trying to turn into our place,” said Risch, who is also a member of the Municipal Authority. “We’d like to somehow try to correct that if possible.”

Hill estimates Sheetz will begin the process of rebuilding its Buffalo Township location in April 2025, and the process will take “about five and a half months.”

A truck delivers supplies to a Sheetz store on South Pike Road in Buffalo Township on Wednesday. William Pitts/Butler Eagle
This exterior shot on Wednesday shows the Sheetz store on South Pike Road in Buffalo Township. The convenience store chain plans to tear it down completely and rebuild it from scratch, adding a drive-thru. William Pitts/Butler Eagle
This exterior shot on Wednesday shows a fuel canopy at the Sheetz station on South Pike Road in Buffalo Township. The convenience store chain plans to tear it down completely and rebuild it from scratch, reducing the number of fuel dispensers. William Pitts/Butler Eagle

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