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January 2, 2013

In Brief | Sheetz closing old store along Scalp

JOHNSTOWN — It appears there’s room for only one Sheetz at a busy Scalp Avenue intersection after all.

Sheetz is closing its convenience store at the Scalp-Eisenhower Boulevard intersection, saying the experiment of pairing the old store with a new one that opened over the summer within one commercial block did not work out as well as it hoped.

“It’s probably a twofold reason,” Sheetz spokeswoman Monica Jones said, adding the decision wasn’t as simple as how the store was faring day to day.

The older store, with its cramped parking area and decade-old design, would have required significant investment that likely would not have paid off, she said.

“People want the offerings our modern stores carry,” Jones said.

All employees have been relocated to existing stores – many to the new one across the street and others to locations closer to their homes, she said.

Jones was not sure whether Sheetz owns or leases the Scalp-Eisenhower location, and said future plans for the lot are unknown.

Coroner seeks family of man who died

The Cambria County coroner’s office is asking for help to find the family of a Kernville man who died recently in his home.

John A. Small III, 58, was found dead on Saturday, but he apparently died a few days before that, Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees said.

“He died of natural causes,” Lees said.

Mail was piling up at his home in the 600 block of Sherman Street. Neighbors had not seen Small for several days, Lees said.

His landlord discovered Small’s body when checking on him. The landlord and neighbors did not know of any family, Lees added.

“We are asking the public if they know the gentleman,” Lees said. “If they know of any next of kin, they should contact me.”

The coroner’s office phone number is 535-6222.

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