Sheetz, a prominent convenience store chain, is advancing toward Delaware, as the company recently announced plans to open a location in Elkton. This move signals a shift in the competitive landscape for gas station convenience stores in the area, as Sheetz will join Wawa in providing offerings to the area.
The Pennsylvania-based chain, which has over 600 stores in six states, is renowned for its expansive array of products, including fresh-made food, coffee and gasoline. It is also known for its commitment to customer service and technology, as the company was one of the first to introduce touchscreen ordering.
The Elkton location is scheduled to open in late 2019, and is part of a larger expansion plan for the company. Sheetz is no stranger to the region; the store has had a presence in southern Maryland for over a decade, and it has recently announced plans to open a store in Aberdeen, Maryland.
The move to Elkton will bring increased competition to Wawa, the region’s largest convenience store chain. Wawa has long been a staple in the area, with over 50 locations in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The company has a loyal customer base, and is known for its unique offerings, like its hoagies and coffee.
The competition between Sheetz and Wawa is likely to be fierce, as both companies strive to become the go-to destination for convenience store offerings. Both companies have a loyal customer base, and they have proven successful in the past. It remains to be seen which company will come out on top.
The entrance of Sheetz into the Delaware market is certain to be watched closely, as the convenience store environment continues to evolve. With a commitment to customer service and technology, Sheetz is sure to draw customers to its Elkton location, and will potentially challenge the status quo in the region.