by John Steinberger | January 9, 2019 6:45 pm
While a new gas station is coming to West Ashley, the emphasis at the Parker’s Kitchen station will be on the food. The Savannah-based chain is noted for its premium coffee and Southern cuisine, including fried chicken, sausage biscuits and mashed potatoes. The station will be located at the former Exxon site at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Orange Grove Road. Plans for the store will be presented to the public Thursday at 6:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1157 Sam Rittenberg.
The gas station will have 8 pumps with two handles each, including an ethanol-free option. The convenience store and restaurant will have hot food, coffee and soft drinks available throughout the day. In addition to the grab-and-go option, there will be two dining tables inside with seating for 16. There will also be an outside covered pavilion with tables and chairs. The pavilion will have vine-covered trellises.
Property owner Morris Harper received more than 100 inquiries for the site. Harper has been an investor in Charleston-area properties since 1983. He was looking for a tenant that is involved in philanthropic activity in the community. Parker’s, which currently has 54 stores, provides monthly Fueling the Community grants to schools in the communities it serves.
Parker’s project manager Thomas Mathewes, a West Ashley native and resident, says that distinctive architecture and landscaping are trademarks of the company. He is well aware of the Charleston Gateway status of the West Ashley project. The gas pump canopy will be bounded by Confederate jasmine. The restaurant will have brick on all sides and a vaulted blue metal roof. Parker’s Kitchen has plans to open 15 stores in the Charleston area. Mathewes has worked extensively with community leaders and the neighboring Northbridge Baptist Church property on the design features.
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