Rutter's opens 2nd store in Berks, prepares for more growth

 

Almost exactly three years after making its debut in Berks, Rutter's has opened its second store in the county.

The new store, which welcomed its first customers Wednesday morning, is located off Route 61, on New Enterprise Drive in Ontelaunee Township, south of Leesport.

"Leesport is a welcoming community," said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of the family-owned convenience store chain. "Our culture is driven on hard work and a commitment to our customers, always striving to provide the best service and offerings. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of a community that shares these values."

The 10,257-square-foot store features a menu of made-to-order food and beverages, a walk-in beer cave, seating for 30 people, 16 fuel pumps, and five truck diesel-fueling lanes. In addition to beer, the store sells an assortment of local and national wine brands.

Rutter's also plans to offer video gaming at the new store, pending a state review of its application. The company has partnered with Berks County-based Penn National Gaming to install video gaming machines in several of its 76 convenience stores, including its other Berks location off Route 61 in Hamburg.

Rutter's plans to celebrate the opening of its new store in Ontelaunee Township with a ribbon-cutting event on October 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Customers can enjoy free Kunzler hot dogs and samples of other food from Rutter's menu.

Rutter's opened its first Berks store in Hamburg in September 2016. A third store is planned for the site of the former Sittler Golf Center on Route 222 at Long Lane in Maxatawny Township.