A new Sunoco gas station opened on Ribaut Road in Beaufort just in time for a brief Memorial Day weekend price war.
The station and convenience store at 1190 Ribaut Road is the former home of Steve Brown's Catering, which closed in 2009 when it merged with Smokey Chef Catering. The site had previously been a gas station and convenience store. Owner Nayan Patel said the gas pumps were removed in the early to mid-2000s.
Work, including excavation of the parking lot and installation of the gas pumps, was completed in less than six months.
The gas station sits at the corner of Ribaut Road and 1st Boulevard, and is across the street from a Shell gas station.
Patel is also the owner of the Days Inn at 1660 Ribaut Road and said he decided to expand the scope of his business because of the property's good location and to offer job opportunities. So far, the store has four employees. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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The gallery, in Suite 101 at 700 Bay St., will include artwork similar to that in the Savannah gallery, which can be seen at www.goldonhousegallery.com.
Last year, East West Communities bought 44 wooded lots in the neighborhood from Ameris Bank of Georgia, which bought the foreclosed property. Pinckney Retreat Development Co. had sold about 30 lots before foreclosure.
The ribbon cutting will be followed by a grand reopening of the community from noon to 5 p.m., featuring a new furnished model home by David Weekley Homes, free food, local artists, carriage rides, door prizes, boat and kayak rides, face painting, a clown and live music.