Rutter's Opens Newest Hanover-Area Store

Also donates $45,000 to United Way for earlier store opening

Published in CSP Daily News

YORK, Pa. -- An early Christmas present for the Hanover, Pa.-area: a new Rutter's convenience store. Rutter's Farm Stores on Christmas Eve unwrapped its newest store, in Penn Township, which replaces a nearby Rutter's store.

"The Hanover community has been a vital part of Rutter's success," said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter's Farm Stores. "We've been looking forward to bringing our newest store experience to that area. We couldn't wait to show it off."

The new 24-hour store features Rutter's latest foodservice offerings, including custom stir-fry, fajitas [image-nocss] 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, touchscreen ordering, seating for 12, restrooms, a surcharge-free M&T Bank ATM, 16 fueling positions and an automatic single-bay car wash are among the other store amenities.

The store features 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.

Rutter's also is the first convenience store chain in the country to offer customers plastic, glass and newsprint recycling at each of its stores, it said.

The retailer is in the midst of the most ambitious growth plans in its 40-year history. The company is investing more than $55 million this year to build 10 stores and 11 car washes, which will add 350 new jobs and more than $4.5 million in annual wages and benefits to the central Pennsylvania economy, it added.

Rutter's has marked the opening of its first Carlisle-area c-store by donating $45,000 to United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County to provide childcare scholarships. Rutter's Farm Stores opened December 5 in Middlesex Township.

"Rutter's is proud to be a growing part of Cumberland County and to give back to the customers and communities that make our success possible," said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter's Farm Stores. "It's our privilege to support the United Way with this donation, which will help families with their child care needs."

Family-owned and third-generation managed, the Rutter's companies comprise Rutter's Farm Stores, Rutter's Dairy and M&G Realty. Rutter's Farm Stores operates 55 convenience stores in York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania. Rutter's 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 a 37.72% 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.

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