Manchester Township-based Rutter’s has ventured outside of Pennsylvania for the first time.
The York County convenience-store chain today opened its 70th store in West Virginia. Rutter’s said the Inwood store is the first of several stores planned outside of Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to introduce our brand into new markets and new states this year,” said Derek Gaskins, Rutter’s chief customer officer. “We have had many customers reach out and ask for Rutter’s in the West Virginia area, and we are finally able to do so this year.”
Rutter’s also said the new West Virginia store is one of its largest at nearly 9,200 square feet. The store has 14 fueling stations and seven high-speed truck diesel bays.
The new store is currently selling domestic, premium, craft and import beer brands. Wine is expected to be approved at a later date, officials said.
A common addition to Rutter’s stores in Pennsylvania has been beer caves, allowed under recent state liquor law reforms.
Like other convenience-store chains, Rutter’s has been buying liquor licenses since fall 2016 at state auctions of expired restaurant licenses. Last month, Rutter’s began selling beer at its 20th location in Pennsylvania with the addition of a beer cave in Hanover.
By comparison, Sheetz, which has 568 stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina, sells beer in 64 locations across Pennsylvania. The Altoona-based chain last week opened three new beer caves in Pennsylvania, including one in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County.