Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.
“We’re in deep discussions with (a prospective tenant) but we don't have a signed lease yet,” Pennswood Commercial Realty’s Bob Varner said.
The site will be ideal for a quick-service restaurant, medical facility or banking, he said, adding there is strong interest in the location.
As planned, the free-standing building would be built on the end of the Elton Road tract nearest to Best Buy.
The Sheetz, which received site plan approval through Richland Township’s planning commission in November, is eyed for development in the same area but on the side closest to Five Guys Burgers & Fries and a recently added SweetFrog yogurt store.
The Town Centre plaza, built on the former Richland Mall land in 2004, has grown to include about 30 stores and restaurants, including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Panera Bread, Five Below and Starbucks. The multi-acre tract of land along Elton Road that will include the Sheetz and the 3,000-square foot site is the last remaining plaza location for new retail.
Richland zoning officer Dave Mills said site grading has been going on since late last week.
The Sheetz store’s planners have applied for a building permit to begin construction. The request is under review, Mills said Wednesday.
Sheetz officials have said the site will offer 10 fueling stations, a drive-thru and both indoor and outdoor seating, a reflection of their shift to a more restaurant-style facility.
Varner said the plan is to have the Sheetz open for business sometime in early fall.
David Hurst covers Richland Township for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ tddavidhurst.