On Christmas Eve, Rutter’s Farm Stores opened its newest location, at 14 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Stewartstown, York County, Pa.
The new location created 40 jobs and will be open around the clock. It also marks Rutter’s biggest and most environmentally friendly store yet.
Rutter’s plans to continue to operate its existing store at 3 Charles Avenue in Stewartstown.
“Anyone who passed the Pennsylvania Avenue site in recent days and weeks knows that it was as busy as Santa’s workshop,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We worked extra hard to open in time for the holidays and look forward to this store being the gift that keeps on giving for the Stewartstown community.”
The 5,750-square-foot store is the first Rutter’s to make use of skylights that will reduce the need for artificial lighting. The 19 skylights complement a white roof, which will keep the building cooler while reducing energy demand.
In a couple of other Rutter’s firsts, the store has energy-saving triple-glazed windows and all-LED exterior lights. Rutter’s recently became the first convenience store chain to join 32 other retail organizations in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Retailer Energy Alliance, whose mission is to promote the energy-efficient design and operation of retail locations.
The store has 20 fueling positions (including four that offer diesel) in front and two dedicated diesel islands in back, as well as an all-glass, two-bay automatic car wash.
The 24-hour store features Rutter’s latest foodservice offerings, including a recently introduced dinner menu and kids meal; custom stir fry and fajitas; and fresh-baked sub and ciabatta rolls. A premium-coffee island, touch-screen ordering, seating for 15, public restrooms and a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM are among the other amenities.
The store boasts Rutter’s award-winning design, including open ceilings, floor and wall tiles, and restrooms with floating ceilings, music and other upscale accents.
Kinsley Construction was general contractor for the project, overseeing a team of 15 subcontractors, all from central Pennsylvania.
Rutter’s Farm Stores operates 55 convenience stores in York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lancaster counties, in Pennsylvania.