First of 10 new Charleston-area convenience stores in $50M investment set to open
By Warren L. Wise [email protected] Jun 26, 2019
The first of 10 convenience stores planned for the Charleston region in a $50 million investment will welcome customers this week.
Savannah-based Parker’s Kitchen will launch its first area location at 5 p.m. Friday at 115 S. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. Two more stores are in the works for the Berkeley County seat.
Other planned locations include two in Summerville and Goose Creek, and one each in West Ashley, North Charleston, and Cane Bay in Berkeley County.
Most are slated to open by year’s end. The company recently applied for a permit to fill about three acres of wetlands near Ancrum Swamp on College Park Road near Interstate 26 for a second Goose Creek area store.
The 17-acre parcel sits near Treeland Drive. The other site in the city is under construction on Red Bank Road.
Parker’s also is initiating a new program called DailyPay for its employees that allows them to draw money from their paycheck as it’s needed. On pay day, employees will receive the untapped balance. It launches Monday.
The retailer plans to employ about 1,200 people in the Charleston region once all of the announced stores are built. A regional office may be in the works as well as the company expands up the coast.
Parker’s currently operates 57 stores in Georgia and South Carolina, mainly around the Savannah area. It has 14 in Beaufort County. Another is under construction in Walterboro, just outside the Charleston metro area. It’s expected to open this fall.