July 17--SHIPPENSBURG -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved the transfer of a liquor license that will allow Sheetz to sell beer in Shippensburg.
The new Sheetz at 359 East King Street opened Thursday morning but was not immediately selling beer.
The Liquor Control Board on Wednesday approved the transfer of a license from
A spokeswoman for the LCB said an application to release the license from safekeeping and fee must be filed before the department can conduct a site inspection.
If during the inspection, construction was completed as planned and approved by the board, and board requirements for food, seating, and health license are met, temporary operating authority would be issued. The decision can be appealed.
In 2012, Shippensburg borough council approved a proposal from Sheetz to sell beer despite concerns from residents and officials, largely because of its proximity to the university.
This would be the second Sheetz to sell beer and the first convenience store in the region to do so, though technically the convenience store and restaurant are separate operations.
The restaurant has indoor seating for about 40 people and will feature an expanded menu. At the time it was proposed, Sheetz officials said it would carry more than 90 different kinds of beer. Customers can carry out up to two six-packs.
The Altoona-based chain also said during the municipal approval process that it would provide in-store security and strictly enforce all liquor laws.
Demolition is to begin on the old building. The gas pumps will be inaccessible for a few weeks as they are replaced with new pumps.
A Sheetz spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
Marcus Rauhut can be reached at 262-4752.