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Springfield OKs plans for Parkers
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Springfield City Council members have given the nod for a new Parker’s store to be built along Highway 21.
Council members approved a preliminary general development plan for the store, to be built near the Harvey’s Supermarket. 
“We’re excited about coming to the community and building something we think the community will be proud of,” said Greg Parker, president of the
Savannah-based Parker Companies. 
Parker’s has been in business for 35 years, and the Springfield store will be similar to the store in Blitchton but have a different look with cut stone and brick. He also plans on having granite countertops. 
“We don’t cut any corners when it comes to architecture,” he said. “We try to go above and beyond what our competition does.”
Council members also praised Parker for the look of his stores.
“Your stores are all beautifully done,” said council member Kenny Usher. 
“He really does a fine job,” added Jeff Ambrose.
Parker said the bathrooms for the Springfield store also will be well done.
“The bathrooms are going to be like going to the Ritz Carlton,” he said. “We’re really going above and beyond with this. We want to set a great example and get something the community will get behind. We’ve had that in Guyton and Blitchton.”
Parker said the Springfield location will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There are some issues to be ironed with the state Department of Transportation on the right turn in and right turn out from the lot, Parker said. The speed limit on Highway 21 at the southern entrance to the property is 55 mph, and it drops to 45 mph on the right turn out lane.
Parker said they will do everything according to DOT specifications.
“I feel we’ll get DOT approval,” he said.
Work on the store is anticipated to begin by Sept. 1, and Parker said he hopes to have the store open by the end of the year.