Parker’s cuts ribbon; open for business
by The Press and Standard | November 20, 2019 10:59 am
Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker was on hand to personally cut the ribbon for the new Parker’s Kitchen in Walterboro on Nov. 14. He also personally presented a donation to the Colleton County School District.
A large crowd gathered inside the store at 774 N. Jefferies Blvd. for the event, as cold rainy weather forced the festivities inside. But no one seemed to mind, as they munched on appetizers of Parker’s fried chicken and checked out the store’s bright, shiny new interior.
“This is our first store in Walterboro and we are so happy to be here,” Parker said. One of his first acts was to assemble the employees together, saying, “These are the people who make this company work. It’s because of this team right here that we are able to do the things we do.”
Parker said the company went to great length to make the new store fit the Lowcountry architectural style and be a beautiful building, not just another typical convenience store. “Our goal is to be intrinsically part of this community. We’re going to raise the standards. We’re going to make the other convenience stores say, ‘We’ve got to buck up. We’ve got to clean our bathrooms, clean up outside, give better customer service.’ Because these are the pillars on which we’ve built our business,” he said.
“It’s so nice to be back in a small town where people like you turn out, where everybody knows everybody. It makes this community special,” he said.
Mayor Bill Young noted that “everybody in the community has watched eagerly as construction on this new Parker’s has taken place. We’ve watched the excavation to the anticipation of how it was going to look. It has all been exciting. And then to see this beautiful building finally go up. On behalf of the city, I want to thank you for this investment, for the employment it provides for our citizens, and for helping with the schools and charity donations you give. We appreciate your investment here and we’re all here to help you.”
Assistant Superintendent of Education Jessica Williams was on hand to receive Parker’s first donation to the community: a check for $1,500 for Colleton County’s schools through Parker’s “Fueling the Community” program. “Our thanks to Parker’s for your generous donation, because education is the key to success in a community. And your investment shows that you believe that. We thank you and we appreciate and support you,” Williams said.
Food is a big draw at the new store, particularly since Parker’s has been honored by Convenience Store News as the nation’s Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year. A wide range of breakfast, lunch and dinner items are prepared fresh on-site and available seven days a week.
The new Parker’s Kitchen offers a wide selection of the company’s Southern-style, made-from-scratch food, including hot and cold grab-and-go options as well as a hot bar with signature items like never-frozen, antibiotic-free, double-breaded Southern fried chicken tenders, mac ‘n’ cheese and a complete menu of breakfast offerings from egg casserole to sausage, egg and cheese biscuits.
The entire menu is crafted on-site from fresh ingredients by Parker’s Kitchen chefs who take pride in cooking for the communities where they live and work. The new store also offers indoor dining, electronic kiosks designed to expedite the food ordering process and self-checkout technology as well as regular, mid-grade, premium, diesel and marine fuel.
Founded in 1976, Parker’s has earned accolades for its Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, Fueling the Community charitable initiative, innovative mobile app and its Parker’s Rewards program, which has saved customers more than $10 million since its inception.
The Fueling the Community charitable giving program donates a portion of proceeds from gas sold at all Parker’s locations on the first Wednesday of the month.
With 64 retail stores throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina and a major expansion into the Charleston market currently underway, Parker’s is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar company. The company has enjoyed 20-24 percent annual growth for the past 19 years and was recently named to the Inc. 5,000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America for the fifth time. Parker’s employs more than 1,000 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.