PERRY TWP. – A Leaf through a gas station-convenience store is planned for a wooded area along State Route 21 near U.S. Route 30.
Design plans are underway as the business hopes to open in fall 2023.
The Stark County Regional Planning Commission recently gave conditional approval for a 6,897 square foot building, fuel canopy and patio on the east side of Erie Ave/Rt. 21.
Ryan Balko, engineer and project manager, told the Planning Commission that the company is in a period of growth and continues to seek new locations in northeast Ohio where they believe Sheetz can be successful.
The new site will work well because of its proximity to existing stores and its proximity to U.S. Route 30 and State Route 21, Balko told the commission.
It will include a new prototype building with a drive-thru and fuel canopy, as well as high-flow diesel pumps for truck refueling.
The Planning Commission gave conditional approval to the project while seeking additional conditions before giving final approval. Sheetz must provide final construction plans which include grading and utilities as well as a storm water management report.
The commission also wants further information on improvements to Erie Street and Ortt Road SW.
Sheetz officials did not return calls seeking comment on this story.
Perry Township Tax Officer Craig Chessler said the township will receive a financial benefit through the state gas tax, as is the case with other stations.
Motorists in Ohio pay a tax of 0.385 cents for each gallon of regular fuel and a tax of 0.47 cents for each gallon of diesel fuel. Tax money received by Perry Township is used to fund road department projects such as paving, he added.
“With the last state budget, there was an increase in the tax, and we saw a greater amount of revenue that we used for highway projects,” Chessler said.
Learn more about Sheetz
Based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the family-run convenience store began in 1952 when Bob Sheetz purchased one of his father’s five dairy stores.
In 1963, the second store opened. In 1972 the company doubled in size to 14 stores. Later that year, gas pumps were added and self-serve gasoline was introduced in central Pennsylvania, according to the company’s website.
Today, there are Sheetz stores in six states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The new store along State Route 21 will be the 60th Sheetz in the state. Stark County has five, including one in Perry Township at 5057 Tuscarawas St. W, and others in Alliance, Hartville, Jackson Township, and North Canton.
The SR 21 corridor becomes a development hub
The Township of Perry has attracted business interest along the State Route 21 corridor.
A new Auto Zone store is being built near the proposed Sheetz site.
“I see it coming to fruition, which was predicted 20 years ago in a transportation study that the region would become a promising area for development,” Chessler said. “With Henderickson and Tractor Supply facilities, it is beginning to deliver on that expectation.”
Tractor Supply is constructing a 900,000 square foot distribution center at the former Stark County Farm in Navarre. The warehouse is expected to create approximately 375 new jobs.
In 2019, Hendrickson USA built a 180,000 square foot facility, an extension of Hendrickson’s Canton operation, in Prospect Park. Suspension systems and semi-trailer components are manufactured at the plant, which is expected to employ around 300 people.
Prospect Park owners continue to market available space in the former county farm.
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