Parker’s Opens 36th C-Store

Greg Parker, president and CEO of The Parker Companies (center) prepares to cut the ribbon of the company’s new store at 1588 Brampton Ave. in Statesboro, Ga.

Greg Parker, president and CEO of The Parker Companies (center) prepares to cut the ribbon of the company’s new store at 1588 Brampton Ave. in Statesboro, Ga.

New location offers a drive-through window.

Parker’s recently held the official Grand Opening of the company’s new store in Statesboro, Ga. at 1588 Brampton Ave., with local officials and Chamber of Commerce leaders in attendance. It is the company’s 36th store in the Georgia and South Carolina area.

“It’s a beautiful store, with a great Parker’s team there led by our seasoned store manager, Jessica Teegarden, said Greg Parker, president and CEO of The Parker Cos.   “We’re excited to be opening our fourth store in the City of Statesboro in the growing Bulloch County area.”

The modern convenience and fuel store features Parker’s new drive-through service for selection of the majority of the products in the store. This is a new concept for Parker’s, and is the first in the region for convenience stores, according to Brandon Hofmann, Parker’s Chief Marketing Officer. Hofmann oversees in-store design, signage, aesthetics, product selection, merchandising and product placement in all of the company’s convenience stores and gourmet markets.

“We to provide the ultimate customer service experience,” explained Parker. “For Mom’s with children in the car, for our customers with pets and for the elderly and disabled, the drive through window is a great new edition to our existing store model.”

“It makes sense,” said Bulloch County Commissioners Chairman Garrett Nevil, after touring the new drive-through from the inside of the store. “It makes sense to provide this kind of service to Parker’s customers. There is clearly a demand; the time has come.”

“We’re opening with an immediate 10 cents per gallon discount on all fuel types across Statesboro,” explained Parker, in his remarks to the large group in attendance. “And, we’re offering this discount at all of our four Statesboro stores when customers use their Parker’s PumpPal Card. Our PumpPal debit card provides consumers with discounts through the elimination of credit card processing fees,” he added.

Parker’s has had almost 83,000 PumpPalCards registered in the area since the program was launched, and customers have now saved $5 million since the card was launched.

The almost $3 million store offers wide-open aisles, a 24-valve fountain for soft drinks with Chewy Ice; 12 fueling positions; attractive landscaping; and the beautiful tile bathrooms that are a Parker’s trademark and a favorite of Mom’s and families.

Like all of the company’s Statesboro stores, it will also feature Parker’s signature gourmet coffee bar with a selection of fresh milk and creamers, fresh-brewed sweet tea and ice cold lemonade.

For fuel customers, in addition to Parker’s standard line of regular, mid-grade and premium fuels which include 10% ethanol, the new store also offers diesel fuel and non-ethanol fuel—a favorite of boat owners.

“Non-ethanol fuel increases the efficiency of boat motors and extends motor life,” according to Amy Lane, Parker’s chief operating officer. The store parking lot design will provide marine customers towing boats with easy in and out access, she added.

For the company’s adult customers, the store features Parker’s well-known ‘Beer Cave’ which offers a wide-selection of domestic and imported beers kept at 28 degrees; and an extensive line of e-cigarettes. Parker’s also guarantees its adult customers interested in tobacco products “the absolute lowest cigarette carton prices,” in the area, according to Hofmann.

An official ribbon-cutting for the new store was  held Thursday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. to welcome local officials and the public, hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce. Parker’s is a proud member of the Chamber.

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