Sheetz promotes Sheetz to CEO

Nephew of the founder will become president and CEO in January 2022.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Sheetz, the c-store chain with more than 630 locations on the East Coast, and a popular store brand program of packaged goods, foodservice and innovative beer tie-ins has named a new leader.

The company named Travis Sheetz the new president and chief executive officer, beginning in the new year. Travis is the nephew of Bob Sheetz, founder of the retailer that has grown to operate locations across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz said it is looking to open nearly 30 stores in 2022.

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Travis Sheetz

Travis Sheetz has been promoted to president from his role as president and chief operating officer. He succeeds Joe Sheetz, who will serve as executive vice chairman and continue to support CLI Transport, the petroleum carrier for Sheetz fuel stations, and work alongside the board of directors, finance and legal departments.

“Over the past 69 years, Sheetz has grown dramatically from a small dairy store in Pennsylvania to one of the fastest-growing family-owned convenience retailers with more than 600 locations across six states,” said Joe Sheetz. “Through Travis’ leadership, I am confident Sheetz will continue to grow and innovate to not only meet the needs of customers on-the-go but give customers the next level of convenience they didn’t even know existed.”

Travis Sheetz started at the chain as a real estate site selector before spending time as a director in the company’s marketing department. He continued to work his way up in the company, holding roles as vice president of operations and executive vice president of operations before being promoted to president and COO in 2018 — the first to hold the position.

“I am extremely humbled for the opportunity to carry out my uncle’s mission for this company and ensure the family values he instilled when he founded Sheetz in 1952 continue in the future,” said Travis Sheetz. “I look forward to building on the success and innovation Sheetz exhibited during my brother’s time as CEO. Sheetz will continue to put our people first, bring innovation to our industry and fulfill our vision to create the business that will put the Sheetz as we know it today out of business.

In May, Sheetz became the first convenience store retailer to accept payments via bitcoin, an example of its newer focus on technology. The company also plans to increase delivery options for consumers.