PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/1/2017, 2:07 P.M.
Demolition work for a new business coming to downtown Parkersburg is right on schedule, according to those involved with the project.
The building at 101 Third Street in Parkersburg will be torn down by the end of Tuesday. Only one lawyer was operating out of that building and he relocated to Juliana Street.
Now that he's moved, crews were able to get started on the demo work. The site, which a little bigger than an acre, will be home to a Sheetz gas station.
Property owner Tim Matheny of Matheny Motors is leasing the land to the company.
"It'll be great for downtown Parkersburg. Really, it's a restaurant that also dispenses fuel. They're really known for their food and I think that will be great for the people that work in downtown Parkersburg," said Matheny.
The new Sheetz at this location is expected to be up and running in mid-January.
A second Sheetz store is being built at 7th Street and East Street in Parkersburg.
The company had proposed to build a third store at Pike and 24th Streets, at the former site of Ralph's Supermarket, but the deal to lease that property fell through.
Sheetz says it's still looking for property to build a third location in Parkersburg.
Some good news for those looking for gas and maybe a bite to eat: 3 Sheetz stores are coming to Parkersburg.
The gas and convenience store is under agreement to lease three properties in Parkersburg.
Sheetz announced its third location this week. It will be on a two-point-three acre property at Pike and 24th streets, at the site of the old Ralph's Supermarket.
The other two future Sheetz locations are at the intersection of 7th and East streets, and on Third Street near Matheny Motors downtown.
Sheetz says it's been diligently looking in the Parkersburg area for store locations for the past year and a half.
"We're in the beginning stages of design and permitting at Pike Street and 24th Avenue, so in that location we are still going in the design phase, but we have two-point-three acres under agreement to lease just a vacant, just a vacant land, right now across from a supermarket."
While there's no official start date to the project Sheetz estimates it will open in late 2018 or early 2019.
properties at Seventh and East streets, where McHappy’s Donuts stands, and across from Matheny Motors on Third Street in downtown Parkersburg.
The company has nearly 550 stores across six states with 54 currently in West Virginia.
As of March 2017, the closest Sheetz store to Parkersburg is in Ripley.