G. Robert “Bob” Sheetz decided to purchase one of his father’s five dairy stores in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The store was so successful that Bob hired his brother Steve to come and work for him.
In 1963 he opened his second store under the name of Sheetz Kwik Shopper and in 1968 the third. In 1969 Bob’s brother Steve joined the company as the General Manager. The brothers began to open one store per year until 1972 when they opened five stores. In 1973 Sheetz added self-service gas pumps to all new locations.
By 1983 Sheetz had 100 stores and Bob decided it was time to retire. Steve became President of the company.
In 1995 Bob’s son, Stan Sheetz, became president of the company and Steve graduated to Chairman of the Board. To this day, Sheetz remains a family business.
The company began selling their own brand of cola, It!, but decided to stop selling it in favor of Pepsi and Coke products in the late 1990’s.
Besides fuel, the company is perhaps best known for their MTO (Made to Order) menu, which includes items such as burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, burritos, breakfast items, and salads.
Sheetz is also trying to change the alcohol sales laws in Pennsylvania, which do not allow convenience stores to sell beer or alcholic drinks of any kind. On June 15, 2009, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave Sheetz permission to sell beer only for takeout, under the condition that it is also available to drink on site.
Today Sheetz owns and operates 600 + combination convenience stores and gas stations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Sheetz has more than 17,000 employees and had $6.1billion in revenue in 2015.