Emmitsburg Rutters

Rutter's representatives and Emmitsburg town officials broke ground Monday morning on what will become a gas station and convenience store along Taneytown Pike (Md. 140), near Harney Road and U.S. Route 15. Construction is scheduled to begin in the next month. Shown touring the property are, from left, Rutter’s Site Development Project Manager Tim Bieber; Rutter’s Director of Fuels and Forecourt Chris Hartman; Emmitsburg Commissioner TJ Burns, Mayor Donald Briggs and Commission Vice President Clifford Sweeney.

Construction on a new Rutter’s in Emmitsburg may begin as early as this month.

With a few shovelfuls of dirt, town officials and Rutter’s representatives broke ground Monday morning on what will become a gas station and convenience store along Taneytown Pike (Md. 140), near Harney Road and U.S. Route 15.

“Being off a major interstate like [Route] 15 is something that we look for,” said Chris Hartman, director of fuels and forecourt for Rutter’s.

A grassy field will turn into a roughly 8,400-square-foot store with all the amenities Rutter’s is known for, including its food, dairy and tea products. Hartman expects construction to begin this month or next.

Typically, a new Rutter’s will bring 50 jobs to the area in store staff alone, according to Hartman, not including the contractors needed to build the store. Rutter’s has 79 stores in its chain, Hartman said.

Though there are a few final details such as county permits to hammer out, the site plan has the approval of the Emmitsburg Planning Commission, according to the commission’s chairperson, Mark Long. The project proposes seven gasoline fuel islands and five diesel fuel bays, plus a truck scale, 28 short-term tractor trailer parking spots and 57 passenger vehicle parking spaces, according to the town website.

The store is set to open mid- to late 2022, Rutter’s Site Development Project Manager Tim Bieber said. He acknowledged there have been supply chain issues across the industry that may affect the timeline.

“It has been a challenge over the last year or so,” Bieber said.

Commissioners TJ Burns and Clifford Sweeney joined Mayor Donald Briggs and Long in the ceremony Monday. Sweeney and Briggs reminisced over the former Rutter’s the town had 20-plus years ago before it closed. When Rutter’s went up for sale decades ago, Briggs got to know Hartman’s father, Scott, through real estate. The Hartman family is descended from the original founders of Rutter’s Dairy.

Briggs expressed enthusiasm over seeing a new, yet familiar business come to Emmitsburg.

“It’s great to have Rutter’s back in town,” the mayor said.

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Ah yes, a gas station looks so much better than a solar farm doesn't it?


Surprising that Jessica Fitzwwater and Barb Trader allowed this project to move forward based on a recent statement from the climate emergency work-group.

"Compared with previous climate plans the county has passed, the new report focuses more on incentives for businesses and individuals to adopt climate-friendly practices, like eating less meat, driving electric cars or installing solar panels," Trader said.

The fact that Rutter's is expanding does tend to confirm that northern Frederick County is asking to become part of Adams County, PA. We will know for sure which Kai's house goes on the market.


No gas station should ever be approved, or built, from now on unless it’s going to have charging stations. All the major auto manufacturers have pledged to basically sell only EVs by 2030. That’s a fact. So, to all you guys standing around patting each on other on the back for this major achievement in human civilization, be prepared to retrofit it 10 years from now. Better yet, be proactive and change the plans, assuming Rutters is capable of this business model, which I doubt.

Seriously, where is the big scheme POV, guys?


“All the major auto manufacturers have pledged to basically sell only EVs by 2030. That’s a fact.”

Sorry, but that claim is not quite accurate.

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Detroit's Big Three automakers plan to announce on Thursday that they aspire to have 40% to 50% of new vehicle sales by 2030 be electric models as they call for billions in U.S. government assistance to meet aggressive targets, sources briefed on the matter said.



Accurate enough to make my point stick.


From this it’s probably a 50% combined average for all automakers. But Mercedes is saying 90% by 2030. Rutters will lose out big on those cats.


Greg F

Is this news or an ad? There’s a convenience gas station going up every week in Frederick…take a drive on Monocacy Blvd and 2 are going up now. Who cares? We have enough of these eyesores.


Are you of the opinion that what isn't news to you isn't news to anyone? Who cares, you ask? Maybe residents of Emmitsburg who might not be aware of its construction care. Maybe some of the future 50 employees care. Maybe some of the potential future customers who commute up and down Rt. 15 care. FYI, announcements like this aren't just for you.




Agree. Wawa, Sheetz, Royal Farms, Rutters...you blink and there's a new one. Also agree, that these are eyesores.


Sure they're an eyesore, just as much as any development is, as far as I'm concerned, but it's supply and demand, that's all it comes down to.


Just like houses Mr. Reid. And you hate them. What’s the difference on your attitude toward the two? Just being contrary maybe??😂🤣

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