Parker’s gas station coming to West Ashley

November 10 13:09 2018 Print This Article

Parker’s gas station is coming to West Ashley, occupying the site of the former Exxon station at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Orange Grove Road. Thomas Mathewes, a local representative for the Savannah-based chain, spoke to a monthly gathering hosted by Charleston City Councilman Peter Shahid at Charles Towne Landing Saturday. Mathewes said the company is excited to enter the Charleston market.

Parker’s is known for its Southern-style buffet and premium coffee. The West Ashley store will have 6 gas pumps located behind the restaurant/convenience store and at least one ethanol-free option. There will be dining tables inside and possibly a screened porch. The store will have three self-checkout kiosks. Mathewes said it will have the feel of a neighborhood store.

The store will have an entrance aligned with Gamecock Avenue on Orange Grove and an entrance on Sam Rittenberg. There are plans to put an ivy-draped brick barrier between the 1.1 acre site and Northbridge Baptist Church and some landscaping on the Sam Rittenberg side. The design plans have not yet been presented to the Charleston Design Review Board. A community meeting is planned for December to present the plans for Parker’s to the surrounding neighborhoods.

In other news presented at Shahid’s Coffee and Conversation with Peter, it was announced that a carwash has been approved for the former Cisco’s site and that Charleston County transportation planners are exploring six different designs for reconfiguring the “suicide merge” junction near the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly. The City of Charleston will ask the SCDOT to reduce the speed limit in that area from 45 mph to 35 mph. Shahid also announced that the City is considering the formation of a stand-alone stormwater management department. Stormwater management is currently included in the multi-faceted Public Services department.