Sheetz, Inc. is a chain of gas stations/convenience stores owned by the Sheetz family. Stores are located in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Sheetz has long employed the Z that the name ends with in various marketing efforts. These include Sheetz loadable gift card, the Z card, the Sheetz breakfast sandwich, known and marketed as Shmuffinz and their Nachoz. Sheetz, Inc was founded by Bob Sheetz in 1952 when he purchased one of his father's five dairy stores located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. In 1961, Bob hired his brother Steve to work part-time at the store. In 1963 the second store was opened under the name Sheetz Kwik Shopper. Five years later, they opened the third store. In 1969, Steve joined Bob in the business as general manager. The brothers planned to expand at the rate of one store per year with a target of seven stores by 1972. In 1972, the company expanded from seven to fourteen stores. One year later, Sheetz added gasoline pumps and introduced self-serve gasoline to Central Pennsylvania. By 1983, Bob and Steve had opened 100 stores. The following year, Bob retired and handed over the leadership of the company to his
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