South Charleston City Council has given preliminary approval to re-zoning property for a Sheetz gasoline station and convenience store on MacCorkle Avenue in Spring Hill.
Sheetz will occupy a city block along MacCorkle Avenue, between McDonald Street and Park Avenue.
"It will be a great asset to our community," Mayor Frank Mullens said prior to the unanimous vote by council. "The only thing more talked about is, you'd think we were getting a cracker plant in this community."
The Municipal Planning Commission approved the re-zoning Wednesday evening, City Attorney Michael Moore said. Council members must approve the re-zoning one more time before it becomes final.
Sheetz has been expanding in other parts of the state, but this site will be the Pennsylvania-based company's first store in Kanawha County.
The family-owned company has 15,000 employees at 452 stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
In addition to offering traditional convenience store fare, it also has its own popular line of Made-To-Order brand sandwiches and coffees.
Sheetz opened four new locations in Putnam County over the last four years, two of which opened in the past few weeks.
Also at Thursday evening's busy 20-minute council meeting, Mullens:
* Announced that as of today, the Little Creek Golf Course will be paid off, three years ahead of schedule.
"That made my night right there," Mullens said.