Parker's Names VP of Real Estate & Development

Bishop previously was with Thorntons, Circle K

Bill Bishop Parker's (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Convenience store chain Parker's has named Bill Bishop as vice president of real estate and development, a new position for the company.

Bishop will work with president and CEO Greg Parker on the company's strategic real estate negotiations and acquisitions, siting research and permitting coordination with local officials.

He will work to implement a new strategic growth plan while handling all real estate and construction matters for new-store development and acquisitions, and will also manage all asset management functions for the company's existing portfolio.

"As we continue to grow our Parker's family of convenience stores, we want to insure a strong pipeline of properties and a steady deal flow to expand at a rate of at least 10 stores a year," said Parker. "Bill's goal is to find the best sites, negotiate the deals, handle the permitting processes and negotiate our construction contracts."

From 2012 to the present, Bishop served as senior real estate manager for Thorntons Inc. Before that, he was real estate acquisitions and development manager for Circle K Stores, from 2008 to 2012, and also served as vice president of real estate for Prime Development Group from 2004 to 2008.

Savannah, Ga.-based Parker's currently operates 36 convenience stores in nine counties throughout southeastern Georgia and South Carolina, and sells Parker's proprietary brand gasoline.