Tanya Chilton Staff Reporter
January 17, 2014
Sheetz celebrated its grand opening on Thursday with local officials and several residents in attendance.
Travis Sheetz, executive vice president of Operations, who spoke before the ribbon cutting, announced “We are open.” Sheetz told the locals that the the family company of three generations would make gas prices competitive.
Sales Development Manager Allen Schiavoni directed the opening and announced a check would be given to the Special Olympics as part of the events.
Josh Mears, who will manage the Elkin location, let go of bright colored balloons in a key release ceremony.
Mears said, “It was an amazing feeling of accomplishment for the employees.”
Mears said Sheetz is a great company to work for with good people. Mears has worked for Sheetz two years.
Sheetz officials announced before the official ceremony, they had received word Fortune Magazine choose them as being one of the top 100 companies to work for in the United States.
State Road resident Richard Jones said he came to the opening because his Sheetz gas card gets him three cents cheaper by the gallon and said he was happy the company was in town.
Larry Phillips, chairman of an economic development task force around the area and a county commissioner in Surry County, said 30 employees are going to have jobs. They will have the opportunity to develop skills, be promoted and have a future, he added.
Sheetz said residents may not be aware, but the location has a drive-thru also for customer convenience.
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