Sheetz Project Stalls in Palmer Township

Developer Gary Strausser seeks an extension on a project to finalize an agreement to build largest Sheetz in Lehigh Valley.

Plans for the largest Sheetz in the Lehigh Valley have stalled.

Gary Strausser, the developer building the project, sent the word that he "is not ready to enter into an agreement" with Sheetz for the convenience store and gas station along Route 248.

Township Solicitor Charles Bruno said is seeking an extension on the project until May 31 to work out the agreement. The supervisors approved that extension at their meeting Tuesday night.

In December, the supervisors had approved the final development plans for the Sheetz. 

The three-lot development sits along Route 248 at the corner of Northwood Avenue, where the First Star Bank used to be.

Work on the land has already begun with the excavation for a . 

The Sheetz will sit on 2.2 acres and will include seven gas pump stations, 56 parking spaces and a 6,500-square-foot building with an indoor seating area for dining. The new Sheetz wasn't expected to be open until sometime in 2013.

When completed, the convenience store would have 30 to 40 full-time and part-time employees. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are only two other Sheetz stores in the area – MacArthur Road in Whitehall and Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem. The headquarters is in Altoona with 407 convenience stores in six states.


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