UPDATE 8/1/13 @ 2:15 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A popular convenience store chain continues to expand in Putnam County and now its sights are on the Kanawha Valley.
Sheetz opened its doors Thursday along Teays Valley Road in Hurricane. This makes the company's fourth location in Putnam County.
Managers say they listen to the customers and that is why they have seen such success in the area.
Managers say the company is planning to build locations in Cross Lanes and Kanawha City. The company is just looking for the right property.
The trip from the school bus to their parents’ arms may just be the safest part of some students’ day. It's while they're waiting for the bus that has parents like Stephanie Corsaro concerned.
“If you have people coming off a 45 mile per hour road onto a neighborhood street, they're going to be coming fast,” Corsaro said.
Traffic turning into the Green Acres subdivision could soon get much worse.
Plans for a new Sheetz gas station call for a side entrance to the parking lot -- meaning drivers would first enter Green Acres right where children wait for the school bus.
“They don't need to be in our subdivision,” Edward Penix, a parent, said.
“We don't have a problem with them locating here at all. We just feel that they should not be using our street as an entrance to their business,” Corsaro said.
So parents are now making it their business to get the plans changed.
They've spoken with officials at Sheetz and have even addressed the Putnam County Board of Education, which is working to improve safety at the bus stop. However, it's not enough to stop neighbors from worrying.
“Our concerns are that our children are going to get hit and run over, potentially hurt or even worse,” Penix said.
WSAZ.com contacted Sheetz to see if there are any plans to address this issue. Those calls have not yet been returned.
There is a meeting set at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Putnam County Courthouse where both Sheetz and neighbors will have a chance to talk about these concerns.
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