Parker’s Kitchen Opens Stores in New Market

Murphy USA also announces plans for 30-35 new stores this year.

May 22, 2024

Parker’s Kitchen is opening its first two retail stores in the Augusta, Georgia, market. The first store officially opened today, May 22, and the second store will open on June 12, announced the company.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to open our first Parker’s Kitchen locations in the fast-growing Augusta market,” said Parker’s Kitchen founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We’re laser-focused on exceeding customer expectations and being a great community partner. We can’t wait to serve our customers in the Augusta area, elevate the convenience store experience for local residents and give back to the community right here in Augusta and North Augusta.”

Both Augusta-area stores will feature made-from-scratch Parker’s Kitchen food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as indoor dining, popular grab-and-go food options and a hot bar with convenient electronic kiosk ordering. Additional highlights include bean-to-cup gourmet coffee, freshly brewed sweet and unsweet tea, Fancy Lemonade, 28-degree beer and a wide range of fountain drinks with signature Parker’s Kitchen chewy ice.

Parker’s Kitchen currently operates 87 retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina and plans to double the number of stores across the Southeast in the next four years. The company is currently in the midst of a major expansion into new markets including Augusta, Georgia; Aiken, South Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida.

Meanwhile, Murphy USA announced during its first quarter earnings call that it is focused on adding new and remodeled convenience stores as a key strategic move for 2024. Galagher Jeff, Murphy USA’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, said that there are currently 22 raze-and-rebuild projects underway along with nine new stores, including new QuickChek-branded stores.

The company is currently on track to open 30 to 35 new stores this year, a projected increase over the 28 new stores that opened in 2023.

"The new store pipeline is also in great shape and right now stands at the highest level it has been since Covid, which means we’re getting line of sight to a more robust 2025 opening pace," Jeff said on the call.