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Rutter's opens first out-of-state location, with more to come
One of Pennsylvania's oldest convenience store mainstays is now spreading its roots into West Virginia.
The privately owned and family-managed Rutter's announced the opening of its 70th location Wednesday, May 30 — and its first out of state.
At 9,185 square feet, it will be one of its largest, too.
The Inwood, West Virginia, store, at 5021 Tabler Station Road, has 14 auto-fueling stations, seven dedicated high-speed truck diesel bays and a dining area with seating for 30, according to a news release.
The expansion comes in response to many customers asking for a location in the area, according to Rutter's chief customer officer.
"The way we plan any of our new stores is based on requests from customers," added marketing coordinator Kirsten Stanley.
Usually requests come in from former customers who moved out of state or those who live close to the border, she said.
Stanley said the location in West Virginia is close to the company's western Pennsylvania stores, in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and being right off the highway, it's a prime location to reach not only those in the area but travelers or commuters from Interstate 81.
Opening a store out of state is a move the company has been working toward for a while, she said, noting that any time businesses go across state lines there are new laws, rules and regulations to consider, as well as finding the right location.
“We are excited to introduce our brand into new markets and new states this year," chief customer officer Derek Gaskins stated.
Other out-of-state locations are in the works for the next couple of years, the release states.
The next is expected to open in Walkersville, Maryland, within the next couple of months, either by late summer or early fall, Stanley said.
The Inwood location will employ 50 team members and operate 24 hours a day, including conveniences such as free Wi-Fi and a food and beverage menu.
Having applied for a beer and wine license, it has a "29-degree cold Beer Cave" with domestic, premium, craft and imported beer, and wine is slated for later approval.
Rutter's is a group of companies including convenience stores, a dairy and beverage company and a real estate company — and with operations dating back to 1747, it is oldest "vertically integrated" food company in the country, the company said.