Sheetz planning another location just south of Hilliard

KEVIN CORVO
kcorvo@thisweeknews.com
ThisWeek group

Sheetz is not wasting any time making its mark in central Ohio, particularly near Hilliard, where the Pennsylvania-based company made plans known for a second location in western Franklin County in as many months.

The Far West Side Area Commission on July 28 unanimously recommended approval of a rezoning application that would allow Sheetz to build its signature gas station, convenience store and restaurant at 2625 Hilliard-Rome Road. The location would be on the southeast corner of Hilliard-Rome and Roberts roads in Columbus, just south of Hilliard’s city limits.

The case will advance to the Columbus Development Commission for its consideration and ultimately to Columbus City Council, said Debi Hampton, vice chair of the Far West Side Area Commission.

The rezoning would designate the land as a commercial planned development.

“It will be built on part of an empty lot that will improve the look (of the site),” Hampton said.

Commission members were pleased the developer would build an additional access point on Hilliard-Rome Road, providing two ingresses on Hilliard-Rome Road along with the single entry from Roberts Road, Hampton said.

The approval of the Hilliard-Rome Road site comes a few weeks after the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission approved a Sheetz location on the site of the shuttered Max & Erma’s Restaurant at 4279 Cemetery Road.

On July 9, commission members voted 6-1 to approve a conditional-use permit, which will not require further consideration by Hilliard City Council, according to Hilliard city planner John Talentino.

Developers still must present a building plan for the proposed Sheetz.

Sheetz, a family-run company which opened in 1952 and is based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, operates more than 500 stores throughout Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the company’s website.

It is known for made-to-order food and specialty drinks that customers order via touch screens or apps.

Sarah Gold, who represents Skilken Gold Real Estate Development, the applicant and the developer for both projects, told Hilliard officials July 9 that Sheetz “has roots in the food industry” and will provide a sit-down restaurant at the site that seats up to 30 people.

“We serve fuel as a convenience,” Gold said. “We believe we are providing another restaurant for people to frequent.”

Gold said “we are working on a handful” of other Sheetz locations in central Ohio.

Other known locations of interest include northwest Columbus on Bethel Road, Delaware County and Obetz.

kcorvo@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekCorvo