Sheetz to build at Hwy. 109; Expanded water project would benefit intersection

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Sheetz is coming to Thomasville.
Thomasville City Council on Monday night will consider a cost-sharing agreement with Sheetz Inc. regarding a new location at the corner of Liberty Drive and N.C. Highway 109. The city and the company will split construction costs on a fire flow expansion project at the site.
"We have a need for additional fire flow there," City Manager Kelly Craver said. "There needs to be 1,500 gallons per minute at their site due to the presence of gas pumps."
Having already identified a need for increasing the pipe size in the area before the Sheetz request, Craver said the agreement is an opportunity to address several issues with one project. The fire flow to the site, Craver said, is low and requires a larger pipe. Rather than expand the pipe for Sheetz only, the city will share the costs and assist the entire area at the intersection of Liberty Drive and Highway 109.
"It's a win-win," said Craver. "We could increase the pipe size just to their site at their costs, but we really realized that if we go ahead and loop the system, adding just a little more pipe, it would help all the customers in that area and help us in the future if we had any more customers wanting to locate in that corridor."
Sheetz will pay slightly more than half of the construction costs for the project, not to exceed $55,000. The store is expected to open some time next summer.
"Instead of them hiring a contractor to do their part and us hiring a contractor to do our part and get everything coordinated, the best thing we could do is agree on what the city's responsibility is and what would be Sheetz’s responsibility and do it al in one project," Craver said. "It will be more cost effective to do it that way."
Craver said Sheetz also is exploring the idea of adding another Chair City location on National Highway. Sheetz will be clearing the site and constructing a new building across from Brandyberry & Associates.
"It will be our first and hopefully not our last," said Craver. "They have made a concerted effort to expand in this area."
Council also will hold a public hearing for a voluntary satellite annexation request for Rich Fork Baptist Church.

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