New Rutter's store taking shape on Route 61 near Leesport

Another store planned for Route 222 near Kutztown

ONTELAUNEE TWP., Pa. - Sheetz and Wawa convenience stores in Berks County are about to face increased competition from another Pennsylvania-based company.

The second Rutter's store and gas station in Berks is taking shape on Route 61 at New Enterprise Drive in Ontelaunee Township, south of Leesport.

At 10,257 square feet, the store will be nearly 25% larger than the only other Rutter's in Berks County. It will feature one of the York-based company's largest restaurants, with indoor and outdoor seating and a walk-in "beer cave," according to its builders, Kinsley Construction Inc.

The store will also include 16 fueling stations and five dedicated high-speed truck diesel bays.

Construction is expected to be completed around Labor Day, allowing the store to open about three years after Rutter's opened its first Berks store on Route 61 in Hamburg, about nine miles north of the Ontelaunee location.

Rutter's is also planning a third store on Route 222 at Long Lane in Maxatawny Township, north of Kutztown, where the Sittler Golf Center is currently operating. Sittler's will close at the end of this season and operate solely out of its new home near Sinking Spring.

By comparison, Sheetz has nine stores in Berks County and Wawa has 10, with the 11th Wawa now under construction at Penn Avenue and North Park Road in Wyomissing.

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