Sheetz seeks Fairborn site as Dayton-area plans expand

Gas station, restaurant, convenience store chain is beginning 20-store rollout in Dayton market

FAIRBORN — The latest Dayton-area proposal for Sheetz is in Fairborn, as the gas station, convenience store and restaurant chain continues expansion plans in the region.

The family-owned, Altoona, Pa.-based company wants to locate on 4.3 acres at 781 E. Xenia Drive, or Ohio 235, just west of I-675′s Exit 22.

A preliminary plan for the facility was approved 7-0 by Fairborn City Council on Monday night. A key component for approval were conditions requiring stormwater runoff to the east side of the land, Fairborn City Planner Kathleen Riggs said.

Once all approvals are granted, construction is expected to take 12 to 18 months, records show.

The Fairborn plans call for a 6,138 square foot building with a brick façade and stone accents for retail and restaurant use, including a drive through on the site.

The proposal also calls for a 3,000-square-foot canopy over 12 fueling stations, as well as outdoor seating and an expanded patio, according to city records. The drive-through lane would accommodate 14 vehicles, the proposal Fairborn City Council reviewed Monday night shows.

Plans includes 39 parking spaces, none for semi-tractor trailers.

The company announced earlier this year it would be expanding into western Ohio by opening about 20 locations in the Dayton area over the next five years. Each location has about 30 employees, according to Sheetz’s website.

A proposal for a Sheetz site in Springboro was reviewed by that city’s planning commission last month.

The business has about 650 stores in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia with plans to expand further in the Buckeye State, the developer said.

“It’s been a great partnership with every site we’ve been able to work with Sheetz on,” said Kareem Amr, project manager of Skilken Gold, a real estate business working on Sheetz’s Ohio expansion.

In April 2021, Sheetz opened its first store in the Columbus market. It wants about 60 locations in Central Ohio, Amr said. All locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, according to the company’s website.

“We want Sheetz to be a good neighbor here,” Amr added.

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