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One Stop Express opens in Long County
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Joe and Vicky Raymer congratulate James Davis, Michelle Gordon and Tom Grooms, who won grills during the One Stop Express grand opening. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
One Stop Express had a grand opening ceremony last Saturday in Long County.
In front of a crowd of about 75 people, owners Joe and Vicky Raymer cut a ribbon on the store’s door and opened their new convenience store on Highway 57, next to Smiley Elementary School.
Joe Raymer welcomed his guests and everyone enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs and desserts.
After lunch, Long County Chamber of Commerce representative Miriam Murray spoke.
“It’s a great business, whether you need bread or eggs or anything else, you can get it here. You also can get a hot meal cooked while you wait. Vicky and Joe are here to support your needs and everyone needs to come out and support them.”
County Commissioner Chairman Bobby Walker and Development Authority member Wallace Shaw made appearances, and Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren offered a few words.
“We’re glad to welcome you here, and glad to have you,” she said.
The Raymers and the crowd laughed at Sheriff Cecil Nobles’ welcome speech.
“We’re glad to have you down here, and it’s really good to have a yankee in Southeast Georgia,” the sheriff said.
Nobles, Warren and Walker drew raffle tickets from a bowl and presented barbecue grills to the three winners.
James Davis and Michelle Gordon each won charcoal grills and Tom Grooms won the grand prize, a gas grill.
Residents seemed happy to
have the new store in their community.    
“I think it’s great. I’ve been looking forward to it being open, and it’s one of the nicer stores in town,” Jean Austin said.
“It’s nice to have it on this side of town. It also brought a couple of jobs here. We need more openings like this,” Norma Madison said.
Raymer said the store will provide all the items customers expect from convenience stores at competitive prices.  
“We serve hot meals, and we have an easy-access pump for boats and trucks who need diesel fuel,” he said.
In addition to the One Stop Express, Raymer and his company, RMR and Associates, are planning to build a Long County bowling alley in the future.
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