Mt. Nebo Sheetz to open
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Motorists at the Mt. Nebo interchange (exit 68) on Interstate 79 will be able to get some coffee for the road and gasoline later this year.
A Sheetz convenience store and gas station is under construction at Mt. Nebo and Red Mud Hollow roads in Ohio Township, across from a 68-space park-n-ride lot owned by the state Department of Transportation.
It's the first commercial development at the interchange.
Township Manager John Sullivan said a small lot adjacent to the property could hold a small drive-in bank, but it hasn't been sold yet.
That is the only development currently planned for the interchange area, he said.
"It looks like there is more ground down there than there is," he said, adding that most of the open land near the interchange is taken up with rights of way for the interstate and the park-n-ride lot.
"There is some potential acreage a little farther up the hill on Mt. Nebo [Road], but there isn't a project there at this time," he added.
No development has occurred at the interchange since it opened in the early 1970s with completion of I-79 through the North Hills. The north-south interstate connects Erie with Charleston, W.Va.
A Sheetz official said the location will be similar to the one that opened recently on Babcock Boulevard at Cemetery Lane in Ross.
The new Sheetz will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and have multiple gasoline pumps. It will offer sandwiches, burgers, salads, french fries, onion rings, beverages and convenience store items.
The facility is expected to open in early November.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Sheetz has more than 400 locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
First Published July 12, 2012 12:00 am