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May 2, 2012

Sheetz, PetSmart possibilities for Union Township

NEW CASTLE — New businesses on the horizon for Union Township could include a Sheetz and PetSmart.

Sheetz is planning to build a convenience store and service station on property fronting Route 224 at the entrance of the Sears/Lowe’s shopping center, according to a letter the Lawrence County commissioners received this week.

The commissioners Tuesday acknowledged two letters from engineering firms, signaling commercial development for Union Township.

A letter from Fahringer, McCarty, Grey Inc. of Monroeville, landscape architects and civil engineers for Sheetz, noted Sheetz Inc. of Altoona is applying for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection permit for stormwater discharge associated with construction activities.

The project location is listed at the corner of Route 224 and Dworman Lane, which is the entrance road for the Lowe’s and Sears stores.

“We did a site plan,” commented Boyd Enzer, an engineer with the firm who wrote the letter. He said the property involves about two acres zoned commercial.

The property has been under the ownership of McClure Realty and Development Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dick McClure of McClure Realty declined comment about the plans Tuesday.

Enzer deferred further comment to Sheetz.

Attempts to reach a Sheetz public relations spokeswoman Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Sheetz, identifiable by its red logo with white letters, offers made-to-order food, convenience foods, beverages, an espresso bar, baked goods, gasoline and sundries. Its newer stores have some indoor seating and outdoor patios.

Other Sheetz stores in Lawrence County are in Shenango Township at the intersection of Route 388 and 422, and in Neshannock Township at Wilmington and Mitchell roads.

The commissioners and county planning department received a letter from Frank B. Taylor Engineering April 27 referencing plans for a PetSmart to be built on the property of THF Realty in the Union Square Shopping Center that contains Walmart.

Commissioner Dan Vogler said the building would be located adjacent to the Dollar Tree store.

Taylor Engineering also is applying to the state for a stormwater discharge permit for the site.

Attempts to reach anyone from PetSmart Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

PetSmart, based in Phoenix, is a full service pet-friendly store. It not only sells pet supplies and food but offers boarding facilities for cats and dogs, as well as doggy day camps, pet training and pet adoption services.


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