Community leaders, customers and neighbors today helped Sunoco celebrate the opening of its newest APlus location with custom-crafted sandwiches and specialty beverages, including fresh cappuccino, lattes and smoothies hand-made by our local baristas.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, flanked by city council and county council members and representatives of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, sliced an eight-foot version of the store’s handmade deli sandwich and cut the ribbon at the new Sunoco APlus, at Ladson and Jamison roads.
The new location, owned and operated by Sunoco, will join the 21 other company-owned APlus stores in the tri-county area, all offering Lowcountry Blend, a coffee developed for and named by Charlestonians. This Sunoco APlus also features a spacious outdoor seating area and free WiFi.
As an added bonus, coffee and fountain drinks will be free at this location through the end of January, in addition to $1.99 specialty drinks, smoothies and breakfast sandwiches, and $5 subs.
Building on the success of Sunoco’s pioneering Craft Beer Exchange, the store features an array of fine beers from across the country, including some of Charleston’s locally brewed craft beers in an assortment of sizes.
“This is the new store design we will be building,” said Brad Adams, Southeast Division manager for Sunoco Inc. “Our customers already expect Sunoco to have high-quality food and fuel, always with friendly service. We think North Charleston will find that Sunoco is an asset to the community, and that this store will be a neighborhood destination. ”
Sunoco is planning to invest more than $30 million in the Charleston area with 6-8 new stores similar to the Ladson and Jamison location, which alone represents 20 new jobs for the area.
“Sunoco is a significant partner for North Charleston, and we are glad that this company continues to expand its footprint throughout our region,” said Paul Miloni, vice-president of membership for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Campaign to Benefit Lowcountry Food Bank
The new Sunoco APlus will immediately link up with the company’s charitable efforts in the region.
Sunoco is in the midst of a six-week campaign encouraging customers in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties to donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank, with pledge cards available in stores through Jan. 31. Sunoco originally announced a match of donations up to $10,000, but the response from customers has been so enthusiastic, company officials announced an increase in the match, up to $15,000.
Today Sunoco presented the Lowcountry Food Bank with the fruit of its combined customer/company efforts thus far, a check for $15,600, with more than two weeks still left in the drive.
Customers at the Ladson and Jamison location are invited to contribute to the campaign while they are enjoying their free coffee and fountain drinks in January.
The drive augments the ongoing Caffeinate Charleston program, launched in the summer of 2012, in which Sunoco donates a portion of the proceeds from every cup of its Lowcountry Blend coffee to Lowcountry Food Bank.
“Through initiatives like Caffeinate Charleston, Sunoco continues to prove they are a responsible and welcome community partner,” said Keith Summey, Mayor of North Charleston.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Sunoco, Inc. markets its brand of gasoline through more than 5,000 retail outlets in 25 states, from Maine to Florida and west to Michigan and Louisiana, including more than 600 APlus convenience stores.