SAVANNAH, Ga. – Following what the company called a “dramatic” interior renovation and the addition of several new food and beverage options, convenience-store retailer Parker’s has reopened Parker’s Market, the company’s flagship location in a restored 1899 Mediterranean-style building in the heart of Savannah, Ga.’s National Landmark Historic District.
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Parker’s moved the checkout area, expanded the kitchen, replaced coolers, ordered custom-made equipment, replaced fixtures and finishes, upgraded lighting, retiled walls and added porcelain brick, Mediterranean-style tile and flatiron accents throughout the store.
Parker’s Market now offers a wider selection of fountain drinks, frozen drinks and milkshakes, as well as specialty bottled beverages including artisan juices, craft sodas and cold-brew coffees, said the company.
New additions at Parker’s Market include a full-service chopped-salad bar with more than 30 toppings and homemade salad dressings, a hot panini press with a selection of specialty flatbread sandwiches, a sauce and condiment bar offering more than 30 selections and an expanded pastry case featuring freshly made cookies, bagels, muffins, brownies and more.
“Parker’s Market is an evolving concept, in terms of its aesthetics, design and product mix,” said Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s.
“We’re building on our commitment to offering customers fast, fresh and friendly service, providing more of what our customers really want, from freshly prepared foods to specialty beverages,” he said. “We’ve been listening to their suggestions about how to make Parker’s Market even better. I think our customers will be thrilled to see our new interiors and to enjoy our exciting new food and drink options.”
The renovation was completed in 12 days in an effort to minimize disruption for customers. The company temporarily transferred all Parker’s Market employees to other Parker’s stores during the renovation process, or gave them the option of taking vacation time, depending on their personal preference.
Ralph Kuhn Construction served as the general contractor for the renovation project, and Rethink Design created the interiors. Additional subcontractors included Custom Cabinets, J.P. Tile and Hardwood, Jack Armstrong Painting and Floors, Hudson Plumbing and Wilson Electric.
This Parker’s store opened in 1999. Open 24/7, it serves Southern comfort food, including crab stew, chicken tenders and mac and cheese, as well as healthy food options.
The Savannah-based company operates 48 convenience stores across the region and has 825 employees throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
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