New grocery store and truck stop/travel center

by | May 15, 2018 3:37 pm

Last Updated: May 16, 2018 at 7:16 am

Summerton Mayor Mac Bagnal recently started his second four-year term. His primary goal for this term? As is shown on his hat, he wants to “Make Summerton Great Again.”
While Bagnal didn’t come from a political background, he has always been involved in the community. He’s been a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, is on the board of Clarendon Hall, is director of South Carolina Waterfowl Association and, with his wife, ran the Summerton Athletic Club for more than six years, getting kids ages 3-12 involved in sports.
When Bagnal became mayor, he wanted to continue his service to the community.
“I knew Summerton was home to me and my family,” he said.
He began efforts to clean up the trash, get stray dogs off the streets and keep grass cut in common areas in the town. He envisioned a town where people could raise families, teach their children to ride bicycles on the streets and ride around on golf carts to socialize.
However, he feels Summerton encompasses more than just the town itself. He considers all of 29148 a part of Summerton.
“We want you to come here and shop. We want you to come and be a part of the Summerton Athletic Club,” he said. “Your kids go to school here.”
A major thrust has been strengthening the business community. While some businesses left, others stayed and, as Bagnal puts it, weathered the storm. New businesses are popping up, and the town council is working on codes and ordinances which will mandate that commercial property owners bring their buildings up to current code standards. This will allow more new businesses to come into Summerton, as there will be available storefront property to rent or purchase.

Currently Bagnal is excited about two major projects which will greatly affect Summerton. Raj Patel, owner of a series of convenience stores in the area, has purchased property and is waiting on research study results to choose either an IGA or a Save-A-Lot grocery store to bring to Summerton. Lamar Kennedy will work behind the scenes as much as he can and may manage the store once it’s open.

The second project is out at I95. The Summerton Inn closed many years ago, but no one chose to improve the property after that time. Last week, Bagnal received word that a deal has been made for a new group to purchase the 15 acres upon which the old inn stands with the intent of building a truck stop/travel center. Each of these projects will bring jobs and commerce to Summerton, building the town up and providing new services.

In the meantime, Bagnal and the council have brainstormed several community projects, hoping for a high amount of local involvement. Duck Fest was initiated to bring people together to have fun, as well as bring business to the area. With the money raised each year, the town funds other community programs, including the recent Easter Egg hunt. One thousand eggs were provided for the children’s event, and games were set up at 4 MAIN. Duck Fest paid for the eggs, prizes and food.

This past Christmas, Duck Fest funds also paid for a tree-lighting. Santa arrived and read stories, and residents provided hot chocolate and hot cider while Christmas carols were sung. Summerton Super Saturday was held in April, and once again the community came out to support each other.

Up next is movie night on June 11. The event will be on Ridgeway Square. Although Bagnal is not yet sure what movie will be shown, he is hoping the Duck Fest fund can provide food for the event. “We’re trying to do as much as we can with the resources we have.”

Bagnal hopes Summerton residents will join in the efforts to revamp the town. He wants people to take pride in their outdoor areas, both at home and in the community, and he urges everyone to come out and support local events and local businesses. But at the heart of the effort, Bagnal’s biggest question remains simple. “What can I do to make a difference?”

comments » 11

  1. Comment by Greg Lamb

    May 16, 2018 at 00:39

    I came across your article in my Google news feed. I want to say though I have never been to Summerton, as a truck driver it is very nice and appreciated to see people who are creating not only more jobs for the community but also helping keep our roads safer by opening more parking. The parking crisis is real and a major problem to everyone. With nowhere for tucks and even cars to stop when tired it creates a deadly situation on our road. If I am ever in the area I will make it a point to stop and give my business to the community.

  2. Comment by Thom

    May 16, 2018 at 07:27

    Good luck! I’d love to see improvement (and jobs!) in the Summerton area. I drive thru frequently and have been dismayed at the deterioration of the community. You have a vision, and a challenge.

  3. Comment by BONNIE GARDNER

    May 16, 2018 at 07:30

    i love sumerton,coming here from new jersey ,i love the town and how quant it is.i am a member of the lake marion artisans gallery and events chairman,i have worked with the town and formed the super satuday event working with buckie,and wen lily and buba ,and the church.i am hoping to redo the super saturday next year and am hoping for more involvment with towns people to make it bigger and better.

    you forgot to mention a very important event this saturday ,the briggs and ellote event and parade,we are having a table in front of the gallery with smaller art items for sale.

    we also do a large health fair in the fall for all residents,and we have an art show for black history month also,this past year we had mr blackwell and his art students and the senior quilters as guest artists.

    we try very hard to do for the community with our events and fund raisers and hope to work with you and the town to further provide things and culture for the twon .

    we also have a free book library were anyone can come in and take a book or books and free wifi ..

    thank you and the town for the contiued support for our projects.

    bonnie gardner

  4. Comment by Linda

    May 16, 2018 at 07:39

    I thought the street vendor sale was a fantastic idea. Would love to see that expanded to include more vendors (plants, garden items, etc) and held on a monthly basis. Thank you Mayor Bagnal for having a vision for our wonderful community as well as including all of us in the 29148 area.

  5. Comment by Joseph Stukes

    May 16, 2018 at 08:01

    Thank you Mayor Bagnal. Make Summerton Great Again!

  6. Comment by Henry S Twiggs

    May 16, 2018 at 08:09

    Just read your statement regarding Summerton, South Carolina. I was born in Charleston years ago and have always been proud of the progress the citizens of South Carolina have made..I’m a 46 year veteran of driving an 18 wheeler all over this great country. I’m the President of Fivescreations Production, Promotion, Talent Agency and one of the founders of the American Truckers Our organization is multi-racial woman and men how believe in the teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we also believe that America is definitely the best country to pursue your dreams. We will be happy to work with you and do whatever we can to help you build that truckstop..Truckers are in need of more parking spaces and a place where can relax and get a good healthy meal. Feel free to contact us at. We will be looking forward to working with you.

  7. Comment by Marie

    May 16, 2018 at 13:53

    This article was shared through FB Thank you Mayor Bagnal for showing Great interest in this Wonderful Town of Summerton. I grew up there and I’m so excited for Everything to come together I know the community will welcome the improvements.

  8. Comment by Paul Anthony Richards

    May 16, 2018 at 21:01

    A good politicians like you needed all over America and I hope one day California should have someone like you

  9. Comment by Harold Wilder

    May 16, 2018 at 23:54

    If You want all of 29148 to stop, shop and support Good old Summerton why not allow at least the true residents to vote by eliminating these race seperating ficticous Town lines barriers created only to control the voting populous? TheTown never was great but if You are serious We can make it better by 1st agnoliging the flaws!

  10. Comment by Jim mcknight

    May 17, 2018 at 16:23

    The storey of my grandpa Willie Holliday sr, My Story of a shareholders life book written by and about a Summerton resident is avaliable for “display” to the residence for the asking , or can be purchase locally or borrowed from county liabery

  11. Comment by Teena

    May 17, 2018 at 17:07

    Golf carts? Bicycles? So we’re pretending like Summerton isn’t drowning in poverty? The last thing we should be concerned about is socializing Summerton. A town full of low income families and sickly elderly should not be met with solutions involving a gas station and grocery store and movie nights in the summer. We really need to prioritize the citizens of Summerton instead of the drivers on I-95 and make a town that is (actually) great. The Public school system is ignored because the people who sit in office support private education. Poverty isn’t met with real solutions because the Mayor grew up on a greener lawn. We need our mayor to actually care or a new mayor. AND a perfect example of when Summerton was ever great was when it actively involved itself in the civil rights movement for integration in schools, a factor that doesn’t seem to matter seeing that our school system is still segregated – another thing the Mayor should address in his actions to unify Summerton. Lastly, Briggs v Elliot is this weekend, so I hope everyone shows up for the celebration of Summerton’s greatness, seeing that “Make Summerton Great Again” is the slogan, you can use that celebration/festival as a reference for how to be leader.

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