MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Convenience retailer Sheetz plans to open a one of a kind, fuel-free location at University Place, a new student apartment and retail complex under construction at West Virginia University. The housing community and market are set to open in Sunnyside at University Avenue and Grant Street in August.Paradigm Development and WVU, the groups involved in the public-private partnership, unveiled the concept Wednesday. The 15,000 square-foot restaurant and grocery store will be built on the ground floor of University Place."We are thrilled to have Sheetz as the anchor tenant at University Place student apartments," said Ryan Lynch, partner with Paradigm Development Group. "This new grocery concept fills a void in the heart of campus and in the downtown Morgantown area."
The new concept Sheetz will serve as the first major retailer with grocery offerings in the downtown Morgantown area in many years. It also will be the first-of-its-kind for the Sheetz brand -- triple the size of a typical store with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 100 people. The store will feature Sheetz signature Made-To-Order subs and sandwiches, prepared foods, baked items, coffee, and a full-service espresso and smoothie bar staffed by trained baristas.The market will offer a wide variety of traditional grocery items so students and neighborhood residents no longer have to leave the downtown area for groceries. Dean of Students Corey Farris said the new concept grocery should also help reduce traffic and congestion in the area, and attract additional development in the once-blighted area.