Savannah entrepreneur Greg Parker said he is excited to bring what he describes as a progressive vision of convenience stores to the Statesboro market. Slated to open in mid-July, Parker purchased and is renovating the former Neighbor's convenience store next to Applebee's on Highway 80 East.
The store is the first privately owned Parker's store in Statesboro. Parker envisions opening five more independent locations in Statesboro during the next several years.
Parker is known for aggressive pricing of gasoline. In 2012, Parker won a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Agriculture allowing him to offer his customers the opportunity to use a Parker's debit card to purchase gasoline and to advertise his PumpPal discounted pump price.
"Years ago, I decided it made more sense to save my customers money than to give a certain percentage of sales to major credit card companies," Parker said. "So, I set up a system in which our customers could use a Parker's 'debit' card to purchase their gas. Every purchase comes directly out of their checking account just like any debit card would, and when a customer uses it, it rolls back the price at the pump. In essence, it allows the customer to enjoy a lower gas price, because we don't have to pay the fees on the sale to the credit card companies."
Since March 2012, Parker's has attracted nearly 70,000 PumpPal members, offering club customers up to a 10-cent discount on every gallon of gas with the use of their PumpPal card. The PumpPal program has been a major success in all of Parker's markets in both Georgia and South Carolina, saving consumers more than $2 million, according to Parker.
"Statesboro is a dynamic market, and I have looked at locations here for the last several years," he said. "I think this location next to Lowes is a home run, and I can't wait to bring the true Parker's experience to Statesboro. We try to make the entire shopping experience at Parker's feel safe, fresh and friendly - from the moment you drive up in your car until you walk out of the store. We're very aware of the importance of the speed of transactions and always have the cleanest restrooms in town. We're committed to quality in everything we do."
Parker reports that his stores spend more money per square foot than any other convenience store in the country.
"I believe in quality construction and beautiful landscaping," he said. "Our stores have granite countertops, Italian porcelain tile, stainless steel finishes and a clean, open design. At Parker's we're focused on delivering the ultimate retail experience to our customers every day."
Parker is an energetic and focus-driven entrepreneur. He exudes passion for his product and is clearly looking forward to developing the Statesboro market. Another element is his company's successful "Fueling the Community" program will be expanded to benefit Statesboro public schools.
"The first Wednesday of every month, a penny on the dollar of each gallon of gas purchased in Statesboro goes to the local school system," Parker said. "When you use your Parker's debit card to purchase gas, you can designate your Bulloch County school of choice."
Parker plans to open the Highway 80 store in mid-July, with a public official grand opening slated for early August.
Parker's Corporation is based in Savannah. It owns Parker's Market, Parker's Convenience Stores, Parker Oil, and Parker Development.