Parker’s Picks Up 2016 Regional Economic Impact Award
Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce honors convenience-store chain
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Convenience-store chain Parker’s recently won the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Regional Economic Impact Award. The honor was presented at the inaugural Bluffton Business Awards in Bluffton, S.C., on Jan. 8.
“We want to recognize those successful people who have contributed to the growth in Bluffton,” said Don Brashears, chairman of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
The ceremony honored businesses, community leaders and entrepreneurs in 11 categories and attracted more than 200 attendees. Each winner was presented with a Golden Oyster award.
“This award is a tremendous honor, as it recognizes our company’s growing impact on the region,” said Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s. “We are committed to being the low-price leader in South Carolina and Georgia and work hard to exceed customer expectations each and every day.”
In South Carolina, Parker’s operates convenience stores on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, Port Royal, Okatie, Hardeeville and Pritchardville.
“The Palmetto State is a major growth market for Parker’s,” said Parker. “We opened new stores in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Hardeeville last month and have plans to open additional stores in 2016.”
At the Bluffton Business Awards, Parker’s earned special recognition for its Fueling the Community program, which gives back to every community where the company does business. On the first Wednesday of each month, Parker’s donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gas sold across all 43 Parker’s locations to schools across Georgia and South Carolina.
The company also endowed the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, donates gas cards to benefit cancer patients, spearheads an Anti-Litter Campaign in Savannah and serves as the presenting sponsor for Picnic in the Park, a free outdoor concert held in Savannah every October.
Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s operates 43 convenience stores in South Carolina and Georgia. Over the next several months, Parker’s plans to open new locations in Okatie, S.C.; Claxton, Ga.; and Statesboro, Ga., the company said.