Nimesh Patel lives in Augusta and is a partner in two Subway restaurants there. Trushar Panchal, who lives in Aiken, used to be an automobile mechanic.
Together, the two men are the owners of a new local business, the In & Out Shop. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for today at the convenience store, which is located at 580 Laurens St. N.W.
“We want it to be like a mom-and-pop store that is somewhere pleasant for people who want to run in and grab something when they're in a rush or get a drink when they're hot,” Patel said. “We hope to help the community by having prices that are a little bit lower than they are in some of the other stores around here.”
The In & Out Shop will sell lottery tickets. Beer, boiled peanuts and other snacks, coffee and hot dogs also will be available. In addition, customers will have access to an ATM and will be able to get money orders.
“Eventually, we might start offering breakfast,” Patel said.
The In & Out Shop will be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday's hours probably will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Patel said.
A Laundromat used to be located in the In & Out Shop's building. Panchal thought the site was a good one for a convenience store because he always saw a lot of people walking on the street in the area when he drove by.
“It is very easy to get to in this neighborhood; it is closer than other stores,” said Panchal, who most recently worked at a shop similar to the In & Out.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.