March 2, 2021

No, the Zig will not be replaced by a Sheetz (or will it?)

A historical landmark in the Bexley community could be facing troubles.

The Leipzig Haus, commonly known as “The Zig,” is a popular gathering place among Capital students. Being one of the closest bars to campus, the Zig has garnered a special reputation among the community, so it’s no wonder why rumors of its closing have been spreading like wildfire.

For those that don’t know, a rumor has been circulating that the land the Zig currently sits on has been sold to Sheetz, a convenience store company. Judging from their website, Sheetz, Inc. is organizing a big rollout into the Columbus area, with a total of 16 locations planned for construction.

This rumor gained a lot of traction last week when a Bexley resident named David Eidelberg shared information on the Bexley Buzz regarding the possible closing of the Zig.

The Bexley Buzz is a Facebook group where community members share the latest news and gossip surrounding daily life in the city of Bexley. 

While Eidelberg did not reference specific sources in the original post, it was enough to get people concerned and curious about what is really going on.

To shed some light on the situation, the Chimes reached out to Austin Linton, general manager of the Zig, to see if he could shed some light on what’s happening.

“Unless there is something being hidden from me, the lot has not been sold,” Linton said when talking about the land that the Zig sits on.

During the conversation, Linton made it clear that the property owners do not communicate often with the staff members. 

Linton finds it disconcerting that the public is bringing this type of information to them when they themselves have no idea that their business could be under threat. As far as they know, their livelihood could have already been quietly bought and sold without them knowing it.

According to the Franklin County Auditor’s website, sale activity on the property hasn’t happened in years.

As of right now, Sheetz is not coming to anywhere on E. Livingston Avenue, according to their official website. The closest location to Capital on their official list is the Stelzer Rd. and/or Cassidy Ave. locations near the airport. There is also one coming to Alum Creek Dr., but all the way down in Groveport.

The Chimes will continue to track this story as it develops.

Authors

  • Robert Cumberlander is the Editor-in-Chief of The Chimes and a junior at Capital University, majoring in Film and Media Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

  • Zach Ferenchak is the Managing Editor of The Chimes and a current senior studying Emerging Media with an emphasis in Public Relations. He is also heavily involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), where he is the National Vice President of Brand Engagement. Upon graduating in May 2021, Zach plans on pursuing a career in the greater communications and media industry.

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