Shippensburg’s Sheetz is awaiting the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to approve them for a pending license to sell beer at their store on King Street.
The Shippensburg Borough Council voted “yes” to Sheetz’s request at a July 17 meeting in a five-to-one decision, The Carlisle Sentinel reported.
According to the PLCB, the license is still pending its approval. Sheetz employees estimate the remainder of the licensing process to take up to a year. The Sentinel reported that, if approved, the Shippensburg convenience store would be the second Sheetz to sell beer statewide.
The other store is located in Altoona, where beer is sold until 2 a.m. at a limit of two six-packs per customer.
According to The Sentinel, several Shippensburg residents have filed protests against the store’s potential license.
Members of the student body do not view the liquor license as having a negative impact on the community.
“I don’t think it would have much effect on the town,” senior Lisa Snader said.
Other students said the idea may be costly to moral responsibility in the town.
Evan Hallman said that the idea of Sheetz selling beer “straddles the line between personal and corporate responsibility. While Sheetz can’t be directly blamed for any increased drunkenness, the idea itself brings about images of increased drunk driving.”
Sheetz also plans to expand its store within the next year. Depending on the PLCB’s decision, the new, larger Sheetz may include beer as well.