Grand Opening: Inside Parker's Market's Renovated Flagship

By 
Mitch Morrison, Vice President & Retail Executive Platform Director, Winsight

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Parker Cos. recently renovated its flagship convenience store in Savannah, Ga.’s National Landmark Historic District.

Outside, the site remains a throwback to the classic gasoline stations of the past, but inside, the store serves as tourist and motorist draw, satisfying the need for everyday needs, as well as a keepsake or two by which to remember the antebellum city.

There's also a variety of foodservice options, from standard c-store fare to Southern favorites.

Here's a look inside the site first opened as Parker's Market Urban Gourmet in 1999 ...

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While the location offers a variety of gift options and wine, more space was devoted to packaged beverages and prepared foods as part of the remodel. Parker’s worked with Rethink Design to create a fresh, industrial-inspired environment rich with tile and ironwork accents.

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The remodeled Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet features an enhanced foodservice program, which includes a salad bar with 32 toppings, hot panini press and deli.

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Southern favorites such as chicken tenders and mac and cheese are an integral part of the menu.

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The location now has more bean-to-cup gourmet coffee options and an expanded pastry case with fresh cookies, bagels, muffins and more.

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A large merchandiser features grab-and-go sandwiches, fruits, hummus and more.

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A refreshed inventory includes more frozen drinks, artisan juices, craft sodas and cold-brew coffees.

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Better-for-you chips and snacks are neatly stocked and well-lit, some in a grocery setting.

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The renovation also involved moving the checkout area, upgrading lighting and replacing coolers, fixtures and finishes.

With 46 c-stores, Savannah-based Parker Co. ranked No. 132 on CSP's 2017 Top 202.