A well-known convenience store chain has opened a new location in North Augusta, while a Kansas-based fast-food restaurant is preparing to open its first-ever location in Aiken County.
QuikTrip has opened at 930 Edgefield Road, the latest business to join the growth continuing in the area around exit five off Interstate 20. This is QT’s second location in Aiken County. It had an existing store off Bettis Academy Road in Graniteville.
“We bring our signature commitment to quality and friendly customer service, and over 20 new, good-paying jobs to the community,” said Aisha Jefferson-Smith, QuikTrip’s Corporate Communications Manager.
The new location is approximately 4,900 square feet. It has 10 gas pumps for motorists to fuel up.
Inside, customers will find QT Kitchens. It offers freshly made food and drinks with an electric kiosk to enter your order. There are also ready-made sandwiches, and salads along with fresh pastries, snacks, and a wide range of coffees and soft drinks.
Tammy Carroll of North Augusta is happy QT has opened in North Augusta.
“Love it,” she said. “It’s so open, it’s easy in and easy out. You pull in, get your gas and you’re gone. And a traffic light. It’s not a suicide left.”
The second business is Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. It will open this spring at 505 E. Martintown Road, the former location of Pizza Inn and Monterrey Mexican Restaurant.
Founded in 2002 by brothers Bill and Randy Simon, the business is named in honor of their father, Freddy, a veteran of World War II who was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
The local franchise is owned by Brett Rickert.
“We look for areas nearby schools and around neighborhoods where we can easily get involved in the community,” Rickert said. “The family-friendly atmosphere in North Augusta, as well as the proximity to many different shopping venues along Martintown Road, makes the area a great next stop for our restaurant. We look forward to getting to know and serving the North Augusta community.”
The store will hire about 50 local team members. Anyone interested can apply at https://freddys.careers/.