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Sheetz Convenience Store

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2001, Rick Cyman. 4662 W. Ridge Rd. (U.S. 20 at Asbury Rd. NE)

Sheetz Corporation, a convenience store chain founded in 1952 by Bob Sheetz and headquartered in Altoona, Blair County, is dominant in the region, with over three hundred stores in a five-state area. University of Cincinnati–trained architect Rick Cyman designed this store to look fun and dynamic. The company's newer stores are wood frame and concrete block or brick for the rear wall and with a glass front. Red architectural composite material creates a rounded cornice that displays the Sheetz logo. Well-lit canopies supported by red columns with yellow hotrod decals shelter the pumps in the parking lot of every Sheetz store. Because the stores are ubiquitous and eye-catching, they have entered the local lexicon, as often directions will begin with the phrase, “When you get to the Sheetz …”

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Sheetz Convenience Store", [Erie, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 495-496.

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