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Sept. 23 - Parker’s Moves into Charleston Market with Grand Opening of Two New Stores under the “Parker’s Kitchen” brand

PHOTO:  Parker's Kitchen founder and CEO Greg Parker, center, officially cut the ribbon at the new state-of-the-art convenience store located at 1601 Central Avenue in Summerville, S.C, with Summerville Mayor Wiley Johnson, on the right, and representatives from Dorchester County Public Schools and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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September 23, 2019 – Greg Parker and Parker’s Kitchen, the new brand for Parker’s convenience stores, celebrated grand openings for two new state-of-the-art retail stores in Moncks Corner, S.C. and Summerville, S.C. last week. The grand opening events included ribbon cuttings as well as two $5,000 Fueling the Community donations to support the Berkeley County and Dorchester public school systems. The openings are the company’s 59th and 60th stores. 

Last year, Parker’s began to rebrand many of its convenience store locations to highlight the company’s long-popular Southern-style food.  The  new Charleston stores feature the company’s innovative Charleston-inspired architectural design with Lowcountry-style brick, metal roofs, twin entrances and indoor and outdoor seating.

The newest Parker’s Kitchen locations are part of a strategic $50 million expansion into the metro Charleston market over the next 12 months. The Savannah-based company plans to open 40 new-to-industry locations in the greater Charleston area over the next four years and to secure 30 percent market share, according to founder, CEO and Savannah-resident, Greg Parker. 

“We want to raise the bar for what customers in the metro Charleston area can expect from a convenience store,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “That’s why we serve fresh, Southern-inspired comfort food that’s made from scratch on-site, each and every day. That’s why we offer the latest technology, so our customers can spend less time waiting in line and more time enjoying life,” he added.

The new Summerville store, located in the revitalized Knightsville Crossing Shopping Center, has a unique mansard-style fuel canopy and is the first Parker’s Kitchen with a “green screen” of Confederate jasmine that will create verdant walls of greenery on both sides of the fuel canopy. The store also has a covered outdoor pavilion with seating, cedar shake roof and Confederate jasmine “green screen.”

The new stores also include self-checkout technology and electronic kiosks designed to expedite the food ordering process as well as freshly brewed sweet tea, lemonade and Bean to Cup Guaranteed Fresh Coffee, where every cup is ground and brewed on demand. 

The Moncks Corner and Summerville stores offer regular, mid-grade, premium, diesel and marine fuel. The Moncks Corner location also features diesel truck service with ample space for tractor trailer parking.  

Founded in 1976, Parker’s Kitchen has earned accolades for its Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, award-winning Fueling the Community charitable initiative, innovative mobile app and acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program, which has saved customers more than $10 million since its inception. Honored as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year by Convenience Store News, Parker’s Kitchen is one of the nation’s most respected convenience store brands.

The company’s 60 retail stores are located throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina, in addition to the announced major expansion into the Charleston, S.C. market currently underway.

Parker’s Kitchen is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar company, and has enjoyed 20 to 24 percent annual growth for the past 19 years. The company was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America for the fifth time.

Parker’s Kitchen employs nearly 1,000 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily

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