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Rutter’s opens its doors in Bellefonte

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Inside Rutter’s, customers will find a wide variety of fresh food, snacks and drinks. The store opened its doors on Wednesday morning in Bellefonte.

BELLEFONTE — There’s a new gas station in town, Bellefonte.

Rutter’s opened its doors at 731 Rishel Hill Road in Benner Township at 6 a.m. Wednesday. By 8 a.m., the store was buzzing with activity. Customers pumped gas, grabbed ready-made breakfast sandwiches and poured coffee. If day one is any indication, customers seemed to like having a new option in the Centre Region.

Angie Hockenberry of Milesburg was one of those customers. She was filling her gas tank before heading to work at CATA in State College.

“It’s new and I wanted to check it out,” Hockenberry said. “It’s nice to have some variety in the area.”

The 10,300 square-foot gas station/convenience store is located across the street from the Centre County Correctional Facility. Plans for the location were submitted in 2018 and construction on the property began last summer. Finishing touches were put on earlier this week for the mid-week opening.

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Angie Hockenberry of Milesburg pumps gas at the new Rutter’s on opening day in Bellefonte. After much anticipation, Rutter’s opened its doors in Centre County on Wednesday.

The location features 14 gas and auto-diesel pumps. Additionally, it has a large truck diesel fueling area with five pumps. Regular, plus and premium gasoline, E15, flex fuel, auto diesel, off-road diesel, in-lane DEF and high-speed truck diesel are available. Kerosene will be available as well.

At least one customer was drawn in because of the gas prices, which were $2.45 per gallon for regular unleaded on opening day.

“I saw the gas prices and I thought ‘whoa!’ I saw they were open and thought I’d get some gas and check it out,” said Tom Remy of State College. “It’s good to have some competition … maybe it will drive gas prices down.”

Rutter’s is sandwiched between two Sheetz locations. One sits in Bellefonte along the Benner Pike, while the other is just off Shiloh Road in State College.

According to its website, York-based Rutter’s began as a family dairy operation more than 270 years ago. It opened its first “farm stores” in 1968 and has grown to 72 convenience store and gas station locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. In recent years, Rutter’s has expanded into central Pennsylvania. It has stores in Altoona, Mifflintown and Milroy.

Rutter’s boasts a plethora of award-winning food. Some of the highlights include pizza, chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, subs, salads, bowls, basket meals, seafood, tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches, sliders, dessert, sides and, of course, breakfast.

There’s also a large beer cave which features a large selection of beer and spiked seltzers. According to its website, beer is always kept at 29 degrees. Wine will also be sold at the location.

A grand opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for sometime in March.

Although he just got gasoline and a cup of coffee, Remy said he’ll stop again.

“It’s really nice,” Remy said. “I was in and out. I’ll be back, for sure.”

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