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Savannah-based convenience store expands in coastal SC with Georgetown location

Parker's Kitchen Georgetown

The newest Parker's Kitchen is located at 1347 N. Fraser St. in Georgetown. Provided

GEORGETOWN — A Savannah-based convenience store has expanded inside the Grand Strand retail market with a location in historic Georgetown.

Parker’s Kitchen recently opened at 1347 N. Fraser St. across from the Walmart shopping center. The gas station with Lowcountry-inspired architecture is the first of two planned locations for the state’s third-oldest city.

“We’re truly honored to join the Georgetown community and to serve local customers while giving back to support local schools,” said Greg Parker, founder and chief executive officer in a statement. “Our newest location in Georgetown is an exceptional fit for our growth plan, which is based on building new stores in strong growth markets.”

Construction is also underway on a Parker’s Kitchen store off of U.S. 17 beside the Quality Inn hotel and across from Taco Bell. Company officials have not announced any timetable for completion of the second location.

Parker’s Kitchen, in addition to fuel, features a hot bar with made-from-scratch food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide range of grab-and-go convenience items including fountain drinks with chewable ice, coffee, lemonade, sweet tea and beer.

Popular menu items include the company’s fried chicken tenders, spicy chicken tender sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, salads and potato logs.

The U.S. 701 store is the 32nd store in the state for Parker’s, which has a portfolio of more than 70 stores in Georgia and South Carolina mainly located in the Savannah/Hilton Head and Charleston areas, but is expanding along the southwestern S.C. border in Aiken with future stores.

Company officials said they give back to every community they are located in through the store’s Fueling the Community program, which donates a portion of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. The program has donated nearly $2 million to schools across South Carolina and Georgia.

Customers are also able to contribute to the Lowcountry Food Bank through the company’s Round-Up Campaign, where Parker’s matches 25 percent of every round-up donation made in the store.

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Richard Caines is a business reporter for The Post & Courier - Myrtle Beach/Georgetown Times. He is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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