Wed, April 24, 2024

Major regional convenience store ready to take on local competitor

Crews are pumping out the work sunup to sundown to try and get Parker’s Kitchen open as soon as possible in 2024.

Parker’s new neighbor directly across the street on William Few Parkway and Washington Road is The Pumping Station (TPS). The locally owned service station and convenience store have made significant changes in the last few months to prepare for Parker’s.

They’ve installed new digital pumps to be more efficient and more attractive on in-store promotions.

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TPS has upped its game on food which has a much higher profit. Last year, TPS ended its relationship with a sub sandwich franchise and began making almost all of its breakfast, lunch, and dinner items in-store.

TPS came up with value meals, half and full subs for lunch and dinner, to include store items like chips and fountain items. Their trademark breakfast cups of eggs, grits, cheese, bacon, and sausage have been supplemented by traditional breakfast sandwiches.

“Greg Parker has built a huge organization and has always blazed new trails for customer expectations with excellence, said Marty Koger, who used to own several BP gas stations and convenience stores. The Augusta market was probably always in his sights,” added Koger.

Once Parker’s crews even out the land grading and fill in the two acres of land, they’ll offer very competitive prices on gas and a restaurant-type feel. In June 2023, they announced a strategic expansion in the Augusta market in addition to existing stores in Aiken County and in South Carolina.

“As we looked for opportunities to expand, Augusta was a natural fit for us, since it’s a growing market that builds upon our existing corporate footprint. We’re excited to introduce Parker’s brand to Augusta residents and look forward to forging new relationships and supporting the community,” said Parker’s Founder and CEO, Greg Parker in a news release.

First up is Parker’s Kitchen at the intersection of Windsor Spring and Tobacco Road at a blighted former Popeye’s Kitchen that had been closed for almost 20 years.

Each Parker’s Kitchen employs a chef to make southern-style, made-from-scratch food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with hot buffets.

The 3,800-square-foot Windsor Spring store will feature Lowcountry-inspired architecture with a hallmark glass-front façade, lime-washed brick, bracketry, and designer lighting.

Southern Fried Chicken Tenders, signature mac ‘n’ cheese, potato logs, and freshly made salads will also be on the menu.

Those in Riverwood in the surrounding area will have many conveniences once Parker’s Kitchen is built. There is a shopping center featuring Starbucks, TPS across the street and a Dunkin Donuts Plaza on Washington Road heading East. (Photo by Neil Gordon)

The entrance to Parker’s is also the entrance to the Riverwood subdivision in Evans and home to the Greenbrier Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Parker’s will continue its Fueling the Community program, which donates a portion of all gas sold on the first Wednesday of the month to area schools. To date, the Fueling the Community program has donated nearly $2 million to schools in Georgia and South Carolina.

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