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Dec. 11 - Enmarket to Rebuild Downtown MLK Store in Savannah – Redesigned with Community in Mind

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 11, 2018 - Savannah-based Enmarket announced they will rebuild and expand their current kiosk on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Interstate 16 on-ramp to add a state-of-the-art convenience store with numerous features that integrate its appearance into the surrounding historic district.

The design of the new 3,522-square-foot convenience store at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will draw from the site’s transportation-related history with its proximity adjacent to the Central of Georgia Railway and Georgia State Railroad Museum.

The non-traditional store will include, among other things, an outdoor dining patio, a green space, and a bike service area. Enmarket will contract with a local artist to design and paint a community-themed mural on one of the exterior walls.

The rebuilt outlet will be accessible to trolleys and other vehicles critical to Savannah’s downtown tourism industry and will have four multi-product dispensers with gasoline and diesel offering.

“We are excited to replace this kiosk with a wonderful new building in the historic district,” said Brett Giesick, President of Enmarket. “The design and concept reflect the direction we are taking in the community which is to provide a more modern, customer-friendly store with a focus on healthy eating and living.”

The new store will feature Enmarket products already available at other full-service stores, including fountain drinks, “chillen” frozen beverages, bean-to-cup coffee, and local craft beer. The location will include Enmarket’s proprietary kitchen concept, The Eatery, featuring its signature breakfast biscuits and antibiotic-free, never-frozen chicken. Fresh grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, parfaits, and more will also be prepared on site. This will be the only convenience store to offer all of these options on the western end of downtown Savannah.

“This is a one-of-a-kind location for Enmarket,” continued Giesick. “A diverse customer base of downtown residents, commuters, local businesses, SCAD students and faculty, and tourists were all carefully considered when we selected this store design and the products and services that we will offer.”

When it opens in the spring of 2019, the new store is expected to add about 15 jobs. The current kiosk will close in mid-December for reconstruction.

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Dec. 11 - Sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours Donate $2,000 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 11, 2018 - For the fifth consecutive year, Savannah Maritime After Hours presented a holiday donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. This year, the donation was increased by $500, for a total of $2,000, which will be used to support the growing needs of the House and their residents.

Maritime community leaders, Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk of Savannah River Logistics, and Jed Young of Port City Logistics presented the check to Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald Mcdonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Each year, members of the Savannah Maritime After Hours are able to raise these funds through networking events held on the first Wednesday of each month.

“A small donation during the holidays can make a big difference for these families during such a stressful time,” said Ryan Faulk, Partner of Savannah River Logistics. “We believe families are stronger together and a sick child heals faster when they are surrounded by love and support. And we are extremely grateful to all of our members who make this annual donation possible.”

For more information on this donation or on how to get your organization added to the recipient list, contact Billy Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dec. 4 - Parker’s Donates $5,000 to Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 4, 2018 - Parker’s recently donated $5,000 to Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia, helping the nonprofit organization offer breast cancer screenings, support services and ongoing education to area residents. Every year, Parker’s donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of pink Breast Cancer refillable cups to Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia.

“At Parker’s, we’re committed to the fight against breast cancer and to raising awareness about this potentially devastating disease,” said Parker’s CEO Greg Parker. “We are delighted to support the good work that the Susan B. Komen® Coastal Georgia does right here in our community.”

The Susan G. Komen® Foundation’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. The Coastal Georgia affiliate was founded in 2006 by a group of passionate breast cancer advocates. 

Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia serves residents of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh Counties. The affiliate has invested over $2.9 million into local programs to give vulnerable populations access breast cancer education, screening, diagnostic, and support services. Over the past five years, Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia has provided 8,000 screenings and 2,000 diagnostic services. 

“We’re extremely grateful for this generous donation, which allows us to continue our work providing access to breast cancer screening, treatment and support services in coastal Georgia,” said Julie Schwartz, Community Engagement Manager for Susan G. Komen® Coastal Georgia. “We would like to offer special thanks to Parker’s employees and customers for their ongoing support.”

Parker’s also gives back to every community where stores are located through the Fueling the Community Program, which donates a portion of the profit of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of the month to area schools. In addition, the company endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads an Anti-Litter Campaign in Savannah.

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Dec. 6 - Salacia Salts Launches Program to Benefit Children in Rural India

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 6, 2018 - Salacia Salts, a natural skin care business in downtown Savannah, has launched a new program benefiting children in rural India through all natural bar soap sales. When shoppers purchase the Helping Hands Guest Bar Soap, one dollar from every bar is donated to children in rural India to provide access to safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene education and a healthy learning environment. Salacia Salts will match every dollar raised, dollar-for-dollar. For every $10,000 raised, a bathroom is built for hundreds of young girls to use, year after year. Clean, secure and private with modern amenities, the bathrooms make a life-changing difference in the lives of rural India’s school children. 

“Most rural school bathrooms do not have doors and consist of sloped concrete floors with a central drain, “ said Cari Clark Phelps, owner of Salacia Salts, who recently traveled to India on a goodwill trip and returned with a dedicated effort to help tackle the root causes of poverty. “Due to this condition, many young girls choose not to drink water throughout the day to avoid using the restroom. For about a week a month due to their monthly menstrual cycle, many teen girls choose to skip school altogether to avoid the embarrassment and unsanitary conditions. Through building these bathrooms, we are ensuring more young girls remain in school and continue their education to help propel them for success in the future.”

Available for purchase on SalaciaSalts.com or in the shop at 208 W. Hall St., the $6 bar soap is packaged in reclaimed fabric swatches and wrapped by pre-teens in Savannah’s "Loop It Up" After School Program. For more information about Salacia Salts, visit SalaciaSalts.com or call 912-233-1160.

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Dec. 3 - Georgia Power launches annual Winter Weather Preparedness campaign

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

December 3, 2018 - As the official start of winter approaches, Georgia Power encourages its 2.5 million customers to be winter-weather ready, as the company is once again partnering with FEMA, GEMA, GDOT and the National Weather Service for Winter Weather Preparedness Week (WWPW), which Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed will take place December 3 – 7.

The 2018 campaign revolves around several statewide events and an online video series hosted on Georgia Power’s YouTube channel. Each day of the week will focus on a different preparedness tip or action that customers can take to help their families become winter-weather ready.

Dec. 3 – Regional Risks- Understand what weather risks impact Georgia
Dec. 4 – Watch vs. Warning- Knowing the difference could save your life
Dec. 5 – Stay Connected- Resources like emergency alerts & outage maps help you stay informed
Dec. 6 – Winter road safety- What to do on the roads after the storm
Dec. 7 – Equipped with an Emergency Kit- Find out where to start and what to pack

On. Dec. 5, the Georgia Power Storm Center will host various county emergency management agencies (EMAs) from across the state for a winter weather preparedness summit at the company’s corporate headquarters at 241 Ralph McGill Boulevard in Atlanta. EMA attendees will have the chance to tour one of Georgia Power’s mobile command centers, the Social Media Center and the Storm Center to learn more about the company’s storm preparedness and response capabilities. Media is invited. To attend, contact Meredith Stone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. 

On Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., Georgia Power’s Winter Weather Preparedness Week will culminate with a statewide day of action featuring a Facebook event where Georgia Power, in collaboration with FEMA, GEMA, GDOT and NWS will participate in a live question and answer session on storm safety and will demonstrate how to build an emergency kit.

For more information about staying prepared with Georgia Power visit the company’s online storm center at GeorgiaPower.com/storm. For more information about Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s preparedness efforts, visit Ready.ga.gov.

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