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November 2019

Enmarket’s Latest Travel Plaza Will Offer Everything from Diesel to New Taco Franchise to Frozen Yogurt

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Enmarket’s Latest Travel Plaza Will Offer Everything from Diesel to New Taco Franchise to Frozen Yogurt

(HARDEEVILLE, S.C.) In just over one year since Enmarket acquired Joker Joe’s Truck Stop just off Interstate 95’s Exit 8, the property has undergone a complete renovation and expansion.

Enmarket is the largest and fastest-growing convenience store operator based in the coastal Georgia and South Carolina low country region, and the new Enmarket Travel Plaza — complete with the region’s first franchise of the Texas-originated Fuzzy’s Taco Shop — just opened earlier this month.

The nine-acre Hardeeville property, at the interchange of US Highway 278 with I-95, becomes the largest travel plaza in Enmarket’s extensive three-state inventory. With its location at the gateway to Hilton Head Island and the South Carolina Lowcountry, the newest Enmarket Travel Plaza is ideally situated to serve everyone from long-haul truckers traveling the I-95 corridor to vacationers headed to and from South Carolina’s beaches.

“With this travel plaza we are significantly expanding our diesel business,” said Brett Giesick, Enmarket’s president. “We’re also solidifying our position as a major fuel and restaurant provider between our home market of Savannah and Charleston. We’re also bringing an up-and-coming, exciting and affordable new fast-casual restaurant to the area as the first South Carolina location of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.”

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop specializes in Baja-style tacos, chips and queso and cold beverages. The menu is described as “Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja.”

The restaurant got its start in 2003, capitalizing on a location near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth and making a name for itself as friendly to student budgets. It was named to Nation’s Restaurant News’ 10 Fastest-Growing Chains of 2018 and now has 150 corporate and franchise-owned locations in 16 states. Fuzzy’s currently is operating in Georgia in Athens and Alpharetta. This is the franchise’s first South Carolina location.

The re-designed 13,000-square-foot travel plaza includes nine diesel lanes. Improvements added since the Enmarket acquisition include an enlarged trucker’s lounge, updated showers, modernized truck scales and laundry facilities, along with a resurfaced parking lot and overnight parking for over-the-road and RV drivers.

In the remodeled convenience store, customers will find fresh hot and cold grab-and-go food options, the newest bean-to-cup coffee brewers and an expanded cooler and beer cave. The location will also mark Enmarket’s debut of Mooz, a new frozen yogurt offering. Mooz will include nine varieties of soft-serve frozen yogurt and features a topping bar with 24 different offerings.

Hutter & Associates served as the general contractor for the project.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com

Fifth Annual “The Bra Project” Raised Over $5,000 for DragonBoat Beaufort Breast Cancer Survivors

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Fifth Annual “The Bra Project” Raised Over $5,000 for DragonBoat Beaufort Breast Cancer Survivors

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Pinnacle Medical Group presented $5,140 to representatives of DragonBoat Beaufort, a local nonprofit that benefits breast cancer survivors in the lowcountry. The donation was raised from Pinnacle Medical Group’s fifth annual “The Bra Project,” a competition that featured one-of-a-kind bras created by students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School.

The bras were featured at the second annual Bras & Bubbly, a charity event hosted by Pinnacle Medical Group designed to rally together the community to raise awareness and funds to support local breast cancer survivors. The event also celebrated the work of local artists who contributed pieces inspired by their own personal stories.

All proceeds raised from Bras & Bubbly ticket sales and the silent auction were donated to DragonBoat Beaufort to assist in their goal of helping cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the lowcountry. A local commercial construction firm, The Dewitt Tilton Group, also contributed $1,000 to the project.

“We’re always thrilled to host The Bra Project, and we’re thankful to be a part of such a dedicated community that cares about women’s health and breast cancer awareness as much as we do,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “Thank you to all who attended Bras & Bubbly and a special thank you to the students and artists who came together to create a stellar event. This year, we raised more this year than all the other four years combined and we are so excited to see what next year brings.”

ABOUT DRAGONBOAT BEAUFORT
DragonBoat Beaufort is a non-profit organization that started in 2012 when a group of cancer survivors was inspired by “Awaken the Dragon,” a documentary shown at the 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival. The goal of the organization is to assist cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the Lowcountry.

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

The Fifth Annual Bra Project Wrapped Up with Bras & Bubbly Event

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The Fifth Annual Bra Project Wrapped Up with Bras & Bubbly Event

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) The Fifth Annual Bra Project concluded its tour of the Lowcountry with the Bras & Bubbly evening event on Thursday, Oct. 24, when the winner of the competition for best-designed bra was revealed.

The event ran from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thibault Gallery at 815 Bay St., Beaufort, South Carolina.

The Bra Project competition included 13 bras designed by students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School. The bras have been on a display tour collecting votes from the public throughout October.

In addition to recognizing the student whose bra design received the most votes, Bras & Bubbly held a silent auction featuring pieces donated by local artists who have a breast cancer story to share. Guests also enjoyed light refreshments and music.

The student-designed bras were displayed in the gallery during the week leading up to Bras & Bubbly.

All proceeds from Bras & Bubbly ticket sales and the silent auction were donated to DragonBoat Beaufort’s support of local cancer patients and survivors in Beaufort County.

“We were so excited to host Bras & Bubbly again,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “It is such a wonderful way to bring the community together to celebrate the work these students have put into raising awareness for breast cancer, as well as to honor the contributions of local artists and the women of DragonBoat Beaufort. Bras & Bubbly gives us all a time to reflect on what we have accomplished in the name of breast cancer awareness, and then we’ll do it all again next year.”

This marks the fifth year Pinnacle Medical Group has organized The Bra Project and the second year the group has hosted the Bras & Bubbly event.

To learn more about The Bra Project, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/669092870274765/

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Enmarket Opens New Corporate Headquarters on Chatham Parkway

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Enmarket Opens New Corporate Headquarters on Chatham Parkway

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s largest convenience store retailer has a new home. Enmarket, locally owned and operated for over 55 years, has moved into its new corporate headquarters building at the corner of Chatham Parkway and Highway 17.

Enmarket Team
Enmarket Team

The 23,000-square-foot office building is the first completed phase of a larger complex on the site along one of Savannah’s fastest-growing commercial corridors. When complete, the complex will include a second building equal to the size of the headquarters structure. This will allow room for future expansion as well as a modernized and expanded version of the Enmarket store formerly on the site and an adjacent 70-foot tunnel car wash.

For now, the companion structure will serve as warehouse space and home to various store support teams.

“Our current office staff includes about 40 people who commute from Savannah, the islands, Richmond Hill, Effingham County and Bluffton, South Carolina,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “The new headquarters site is ideal. It’s central and easily accessible for employees commuting from all of these areas.

“It will also be adjacent to one of our stores, which means our corporate staff can enjoy the same store amenities and convenience as other customers.”

The new headquarters will house the accounting, marketing, facilities, real estate, car wash, fuel team, human resources, training, information technology and operations departments for the company. It will serve as the central command center for Enmarket’s 124 convenience stores and 14 quick serve restaurants.

The new headquarters includes nearly 70 office spaces, multiple conference rooms, a bullpen area for visiting team members, a kitchen that features Enmarket’s dispensed beverage options, and a large training room with a capacity of 160 people. Such training space has become essential for Enmarket, which has built its reputation as an early adopter of the latest industry technology. Just this year, the chain led the Savannah market in introducing app-based, line-skipping technology with its Skip Frictionless Checkout. The office also features a state-of-the-art interactive multimedia system to be used for conferencing, training and more.

The rebuilt and expanded store at the site is expected to open in March, with the tunnel car wash coming into service simultaneously or shortly afterward. Plans for the two remaining out parcels on the site complex have not been announced.

Savannah-based general contractor West Construction Co. has served as the builder for the Enmarket complex.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.856.9075
www.carriagetradepr.com
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com

Lowcountry Commercial Construction Firm, Dewitt Tilton Group, Welcomes New Superintendent Aaron Cradduck

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Lowcountry Commercial Construction Firm, Dewitt Tilton Group, Welcomes New Superintendent Aaron Cradduck

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group is pleased to announce that Aaron Cradduck has joined the commercial construction company as a superintendent. Cradduck will be responsible for managing vendors and resources to ensure quality construction and timely builds that meet clients’ commercial construction needs.

Aaron Cradduck, The Dewitt Tilton Group, Commercial Construction Savannah
Aaron Cradduck, The Dewitt Tilton Group, Commercial Construction Savannah

“We are extremely pleased that Aaron has joined our team,” said Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “He has a tremendous amount of talent and brings a toolbox of construction management skills with him. He will be a great asset to our business.”

Cradduck was most recently employed as chief of operations for a home repair and remediation company in Pooler, Ga. He studied economics at Clemson University.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Dewitt Tilton Group,” said Cradduck. “The company has a reputation of high integrity, quality and innovation in the commercial construction industry, all of which I am excited to now be a part of.”

A native of Lake Leelanau, Mich., Cradduck enjoys woodworking in his spare time. He is married to Cynthia Cradduck of Savannah, and they are expecting their first child in December.

ABOUT DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075