The Clarksburg Post has received the following official statement from Tarah Arnold, Public Relations Manager for Sheetz, Inc., regarding the Pennsylvania-based company’s recent decision to no longer carry fresh pepperoni rolls from local West Virginia bakeries in their convenience stores:

Sheetz is a consumer driven company and we strive to deliver the highest quality products in the most convenient and consistent ways to our customers. In effort of that, we are continually assessing all of our vendor partnerships to ensure that the products we offer are the best solutions for our customers and our business.

Currently, we have four vendor partners providing pepperoni rolls to our stores. Three of those vendor partners are West Virginia based companies. To ensure consistency throughout the company, we have identified the need for one vendor to supply this product, and that evaluation is on-going. We appreciate our customers’ passion around our offerings and thank them for their feedback during this evaluation process.

Sheetz is committed to the communities we serve in West Virginia, and we absolutely acknowledge the significant role the state of West Virginia has in the growth of our company. Currently, we employ over 1,400 West Virginians through our 52 store locations with more locations scheduled to open in 2015. Our passion for the state of West Virginia has led us to select Morgantown as the flagship market for our new Sheetz store concept that was opened last fall. Additionally, our passion enables us to provide donations to local food banks and in 2014 we donated more than $100,000 in financial and in-kind product donation support to our West Virginia communities.

Our customers are of the utmost importance to us and we thank them for their on-going support.

Sheetz Facebook page has been flooded with comments and feedback since the story broke late last week of their decision to no longer carry West Virginia pepperoni rolls.

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UPDATE: Sheetz, Inc. has invited Rogers and Mazza’s Bakery owners Steve Rogers, Michael Mazza, and Dennis Mazza to a meeting on Thursday, July 30, at its Claysburg, Pennsylvania distribution center. According to Dennis Mazza, Sheetz did not specify what the meeting would entail in their email to the owners.

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