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Rutter’s Buys Land on Route 61 Near New Orwigsburg Hospital

Rutters buys land in Orwigsburg

The convenience store and gas station Rutter’s plans an expansion in Schuylkill County.

Rutter’s just finalized a deal to buy 1148 Centre Turnpike near Orwigsburg. That’s right across the highway from the new Geisinger/St. Luke’s hospital currently under construction.

“#SOLD 1148 Centre Turnpike | @RuttersFS purchased land located in Schuylkill County for a future Rutter’s store | The Bill Gladstone Group of @NAICIR & Patrick Higgins of Berkshire Hathaway facilitated the trans #NAICIRBGG #CRE #BobbleheadBill #CommercialRealEstate #Orwigsburg,” The Bill Gladstone Group announced on Twitter Monday morning.

Here’s a bird’s-eye view of the property on Route 61 and where the Rutter’s store is likely to be located.

Rutters buys land in Orwigsburg

Bill Gladstone Group sells commercial real estate based out of Wormleysburg, Pa.

Rutter’s bases its operations in York, Pa.

Rutter’s Adds to Development Along Route 61

Sure, it’s only a gas station and convenience store but this is another sign of development along Route 61 near the new hotel project. It’s also another advancement of economic development following the re-construction of Route 61 in southern Schuylkill County.

It’s not clear if the used furniture store property is included in the deal. Certainly looks like it would be an impediment to a larger space that Rutter’s typically requires for its stores.

Plus, it’s more jobs for the area. You can never have too many of those. Well, maybe you can but we’re not there yet.

What is a Rutter’s?

If you’ve been to Sheetz and Wawa, you’re not going to be on another planet inside a Rutter’s.

Rutter’s claims to be “the oldest vertically integrated food company in the country.”

Check out this video explaining the company:

YouTube video

In late January, Rutter’s announced it opened its 73rd store. And it’s the first store it opened in Maryland. It now operates two locations in Maryland.

Here’s a look at Rutter’s store locations across Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Rutters buys land in Orwigsburg

The closest location to Schuylkill County residents is in Hamburg, also along Route 61.

Rutter’s proposed location in Orwigsburg would be its northernmost location.

If it’s any indication of the impact it will have on southern Schuylkill County, consider this. That Maryland store required 7,500 square feet. It employs 50 people.

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  1. Steve

    March 7, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Hi, Steve I live in the Pottsville Area in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania that Rt.61 goes through I’m curious if this going to be a truck stop also just like the one in Hamburg, Pennsylvania on Rt.61 I feel that if there is more truck stops alone Rt.61 would be great I think it will keep drivers out of the walmart parking lot and other places.

  2. DC

    March 8, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Steve – you’re a moron. The last think Schuylkill County needs is a truck stop. It’s maybe a 25 mile stretch on 61 between 78 and 81. Let the trucks stop elsewhere.

    • Lisa

      September 29, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      No DC you are the moron .With so many trucks on 61 we can never have too many truckstops!

  3. George

    March 11, 2019 at 10:18 am

    DC. You are an even bigger moron. What is the harm with having a truck stop on 61. There are numerous industrial parks in our area and no place for trucks to layover because most warehouses don’t allow them to stay on the property. The closest truck stop on 81 is all the way in pine grove and 78 the closest it 5 miles. I think this is an excellent idea. The trucks are the lifeblood of everything.

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