This week, Rick Patel, owner of the popular “Star Point” gas station, opened his second business in downtown Hardeeville. His new venture, a pharmacy.
“You know this town needed a pharmacy, we had one close down two years ago and something told me that we needed to put one back in here,” Patel says.
Officials say now neighbors no longer have to drive miles to get their medicines, this also shows signs of a growing Jasper County economy.
“It definitely demonstrates to us that the city is growing, and the businesses are satisfied, and their continuing to do more. Its definitely going to bring more people around the area, bring more tax dollars to the city, revenue, and we really appreciate it,” said Hardeeville Mayor Bronco Bostick.
Though unemployment was slightly up last month, 4.9% from 4.7% in February, it has fallen from last year. And Patel says its business expansions like his that will bring people and jobs back to Hardeeville.
“Pooler, Savannah, Bluffton, just growing so rapidly, this entire area ,its the fastest growing area, and as people come down here I want Hardeeville to have the same growth. People are talking about the ports, its only a matter of time when all this stuff comes in, and you want to be there when it happens.”
Patel says he isn’t stopping at just the gas station and the pharmacy. He plans to open a third business–a liquor store—by the end of this year.