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12/06/2021

Sheetz names new CEO

Marianne Wilson
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Travis Sheetz will take the reins as president and CEO of Sheetz in January.

Sheetz is keeping it in the family.

The convenience store chain has promoted Travis Sheetz to president and CEO, succeeding Joe Sheetz, effective January 2022. The nephew of Sheetz founder Bob Sheetz, Travis Sheetz previously served as company president and COO.

In his new role as executive vice chairman, Joe Sheetz will continue to support CLI Transport, the dedicated petroleum carrier for Sheetz’s stores, as well as the company’s board of directors, finance and legal departments.  

Sheetz, which has more than 630 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina, plans to open approximately 25 to 30 stores in 2022. It also plans to increase delivery options and expand its tech and innovation hub as it continues to test new innovations “that will disrupt the convenience industry,” the company said. In May, Sheetz became the first convenience store retailer to accept payments via bitcoin.

“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 VP of operations and executive VP 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.”

[Read more: Sheetz to manage energy use through artificial intelligence technology]