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Inside Bulloch Business - Statesboro entrepreneurs expand Pojo's

Statesboro entrepreneurs Perry and Phil Sumner, owners of PoJo’s Country Store, have acquired the Shake Rag, a locally owned convenience store in Wadley, Ga.  This acquisition expands the PoJo’s family of stores to six locations.

Having started with a single location in 2004, the Sumner brothers have been fortunate enough to acquire three other long-standing, family-owned locations, with their first expansion of Pojo’s in Sylvania in November 2007. 

In July 2008, their third store was built at Highway 80 and Burkhalter Road in Statesboro. 

Their fourth store, located on Country Club Road in Statesboro, began operation in 2016 and their fifth store was purchased in October 2017 in North Baxley. 

The Shake Rag is the sixth store to be added to the Pojo’s Family after past owner of Shake Rag, Wyder Smith, made the tough decision to sell the store.

“He’s very hands-on and family oriented, which is why it was so important that he found the right owners to take over for him,” said Smith’s daughter, Alisa Holley. “The Sumner brothers are good, small-town people that care about the customers the way we do.”

Since the beginning, the Sumner Brothers have made it their mission to provide quality products and friendly service to all of their customers and the communities they serve and plan to expand the same plan in Wadley, which is located about 20 miles north of Swainsboro.

“The Smith family has poured their hearts and souls into making Shake Rag the best convenience store and truck stop location for miles around,” Perry Sumner said. “You can tell that their customers love the store and feel at home there. That is a tradition that fits perfectly into the PoJo’s Country Store model and we are honored to carry on their legacy.”

PoJo’s Country Store’s main office is located on Highway 80 in Statesboro.

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