Double Kwik doors open on bypass: City’s economic growth continues

Medical Leader | Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
NOW OPEN: Double Kwik on Bypass Road in Pikeville welcomed city
officials and community members to sample a number of food products
during an event held on Friday, Jan. 8. The store officially opened its
doors  this past Monday.

PIKEVILLE – The City of Pikeville’s growth took a giant step forward this week with the opening of the region’s 39th Double Kwik on Bypass Road.

“Our community is fortunate and blessed to be the business hub in eastern Kentucky,” said Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn.

Blackburn stated that the construction and opening of the city’s newest business brings a beacon of hope to the region.

“New business openings are creating jobs in the community and expanding the potential for this region,” Blackburn said.

Childers Oil Company, a family-operated business, opened in 1966 as a provider of bulk petroleum for retail and industrial customers. Owner Don Childers decided in 1977 to open the company’s first 24-hour convenience store.

Double Kwik Public Relations specialist Heather Burton said the new store in Pikeville was in the company’s plans for many years.

“We are humbled by the support we have received,” she said. “We hope our customers enjoy all we have to offer at this location.”

Burton said customers will experience convenience and quality in an upscale environment.

“This store will offer all the favorite items customers are accustomed to, in addition, this location will offer a made-to-order sandwich station, smoothie bar and several other amenities while customers enjoy a nice lounge area,” she said.

Southeast Kentucky Chamber President/CEO Jacob Colley was impressed with the new state-of-the-art store.

“This beautiful facility is top of the line and a big step in our efforts to continue our growth,”¬† Colley said.

Colley said the joint effort between elected officials and business leaders are the key to continued economic stability.

Burton said plans are already in the works for a new store in nearby Grundy, Va.