Franklin Sheetz renovations due to be done next week

Completion of renovations at the Sheetz on Liberty Street in Franklin are scheduled to be completed on time, according to an email from Nick Ruffner, public relations manager for the Altoona-based convenience store chain.

Ruffner said the project, which includes adding an additional 30 seats to an indoor eating area, is expected to be finished by Friday.

The decision to renovate came after Franklin City Council unanimously approved a liquor license transfer to the Sheetz from the former Genova’s restaurant in Oil City on Sept. 10.

However, Ruffner wrote, the store is still awaiting Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approval.

“Once we receive (approval), it would be at least three weeks until (alcohol) sales begin,” Ruffner wrote.

Once approval is received from the state, the Liberty Street Sheetz will join Sheetz locations in Cranberry, Clarion and Titusville as stores that sell alcohol.

Beer sales would occur from 7 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. on Sunday. Wine sales would have identical start times and end at 11 p.m. daily.

Despite housing an empty beer cave at the end of renovations, store supervisor Sierra Pizzaa was optimistic.

“We’re just really excited it’s coming up fast,” she said.