The address hasn’t changed, but the new Rutter’s in Wrightsville is miles in size and appearance from the convenience store that preceded it. Rutter’s closed and razed the original store in March to make way for the replacement store built next to it.
At 5,125 square feet, the new store is nearly 80% larger than the old one. It boasts 18 fueling positions in front and dedicated diesel pumps in the back; the old store had four fueling positions and no diesel. Rutter’s also added a two-bay automatic car wash.
For the new store, Rutter’s hired 29 additional employees for a total staff of 40. The project, with a price tag of more than $4 million, provided opportunities for local general contractor Hogg Construction and many local subcontractors.
“We appreciate the loyalty and patience of our Wrightsville customers during this construction project,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We are proud that we have created both construction jobs and new full-time employment opportunities during these difficult economic times. It is all made possible by our loyal local customer base.”
The 24-hour store features Rutter’s latest food service offerings, including custom stir-fry, fajitas and fresh-baked bread. Customers can design their own “oriental bowls” and create custom steak, chicken and veggie fajitas. Fresh-baked sub and cibatta rolls come in seven varieties, available for sandwiches or for individual retail purchase.
A premium-coffee island, touch-screen ordering, seating for 12, “best in industry” restrooms, and a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM are among the other store amenities.
The store boasts a 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 will keep the building cooler while reducing energy demand. Also outside, Rutter’s offers recycling containers that accept plastic, glass and newsprint.
Rutter’s Farm Stores, which debuted in 1967 as an outlet for Rutter’s Dairy products, operates 55convenience stores in York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lancaster counties.