Rutter’s Opens New Store, Continues Donations

While celebrating the opening of a new store in Carlisle, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has also donated $105,000 to local charities this holiday season.

The York, Pa.-based c-store chain donated $45,000 to United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County last week, the same time it announced the opening of its Carlisle store.

“It’s always a special occasion to open a new store, particularly in a first-time market as Carlisle is for Rutter’s,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We opened our Shippensburg store two years ago and are excited to be opening another store in Cumberland County on Friday.

“We’re also pleased to announce a gift of $45,000 to the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County to support its pre-kindergarten children’s learning programs. Commitment to our customers, employees and communities in which we operate has been the key to decades of Rutter’s success.”

Additionally, Rutter’s donated $60,000 to Crispus Attucks Association for its Early Learning Center in York. The funds will provide scholarships to low-income residents, allowing recipients to enroll their children in the Early Learning Center.

“Crispus Attucks has a long history of providing opportunities to residents in the York community,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “The Early Learning Center enhances educational opportunities for children and provides peace of mind to working parents, who can take comfort knowing that their children are in a safe, nurturing environment. Rutter’s is proud to support Crispus Attucks and all the good things it does for the community.”

The Early Learning Center has an enrollment of about 120 students who range in age from 3 months to 12 years old. Crispus Attucks is in the process of building a new Early Learning Center that will allow it to increase enrollment to 170 children.

The organization serves low-income, disadvantaged and underserved children, youth, families and community members, as well as operating countless other programs for youth.

Rutter’s Farm Stores ranks among the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in central Pennsylvania, according to the Central Penn Business Journal. Rutter’s is No. 16 on this year’s list, posting more than a 37% increase in revenue over a two-year period.

Parent company Rutter’s Holdings Inc. was No. 6 on the business journal’s recent list of the Top 100 Privately Held Companies in the region, with 2007 revenue of $440 million.

The company’s new 24-hour store in Carlisle features the chain’s complete foodservice offerings – custom stir-fry, fajitas and fresh-baked bread, as well as customized “oriental bowls” where customers can create steak, chicken and veggie fajitas. Fresh-baked sub and cibatta rolls are offered in seven varieties and are available for sandwiches or individual purchase.

The store boasts Rutter’s national and international award-winning design, including open ceilings, extensive use of floor and wall tiles, and bathrooms with floating ceilings, music and other upscale accents. The environmentally friendly design includes a white roof that keeps the building cooler and reduces energy demand.

Rutter’s is also the first convenience store chain in the country to offer customers plastic, glass and newsprint recycling at ever store.

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