Sheetz in Parsons set to close

The Inter-Mountain photos by Bayli Rhodes Sheetz has announced the Sept. 26 closure of the Parsons location.

PARSONS — The Sheetz gas station and convenience store in Parsons has announced to its employees and the residents of Tucker County that it will be closing its doors officially on Sept. 26.

The business has been a part of the community for years. Employees were notified about the closing on Wednesday afternoon.

Nick Ruffner, a public relations manager for Sheetz, commented on the corporation’s reasons for closing the store.

“The store location in Parsons is one of our older stores,” Ruffner stated Thursday, “which had very little room for expanding and relocating.”

Ruffner noted it is a priority of the company to make sure that the employees of the Parsons Sheetz are able to relocate to different Sheetz stores in the area, if they choose to.

This sign was posted on the door of the Sheetz in Parsons.

Employees will have the opportunity to transfer to the stores in closest proximity to the Parsons store, some of which are in Elkins, Belington, Philippi, Weston, Moorefield, Keyser and Oakland, Maryland.

“It was important to us to offer the opportunity for employees to transfer,” Ruffner said. “Our employees are our greatest asset.”

If employees do decide to transfer, they will be able to keep all of their tenure and benefits, as if they were still employed by the Parsons Sheetz, he said.

Ruffner also thanked the citizens of Parsons who have continued to support Sheetz over the years.

“To our customers, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your years of patronage,” Ruffner stated.

Local officials have stepped up to try to sway the decision to close the store.

“The commission was shocked and disappointed with the corporate decision to close the Parsons Sheetz and we are exploring every avenue to try to reverse that decision,” Tucker County Commissioner Diane Hinkle said Thursday. “We are very concerned with a lack of vital services during the night hours and the lack of other options in the area that can handle the large volume of truck traffic.”

Local officials and county commissioners have been working with both the public and the Sheetz corporation to try to keep the local store running.

“Conversations with the local manager, the corporate public relations official and the real estate director all confirm that the current site needs extensive upgrades and the property is not large enough to support the expansion of facilities that is needed,” Hinkle stated.

Many individuals from the community have responded to the Sheetz closing announcement, creating petitions to try to reverse the decision.

“Sheetz has served the Parsons community for 28 years and community support has been strong. We hope they will reconsider their decision,” Hinkle said.