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SAVANNAH, N.C. – Enmark Stations Inc., founded in 1963 as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Savannah-based company today operates 59 gas stations in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and has remained in the Demere family throughout its five decades in business. It is currently under the direction of Houston Demere, who serves as vice president.
"Enmark Stations is committed to bringing our customers high-quality gasoline and top-notch service at our 59 stations throughout Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina," Demere said. "During our 50 years in business, we've strived to put our customers and our community first. As we look to the next 50 years and beyond, we remain steadfast in our goal of supporting the communities in which we do business and offering our customers the best possible experience every time they visit an Enmark station."
In the early 1990s, Enmark launched a major reimaging campaign to provide the look and feel of a traditional gasoline retailer while retaining the spirit of an independent business. In 1997, the company expanded its line of products and added convenience stores, discount tobacco stores and car wash units at select sites. More recently, Enmark expanded its food and beverage services at numerous locations, and now offers items such as frozen yogurt and freshly prepared foods including hot breakfast items, fried chicken, smoked ribs and rotisserie chicken.
Enmark recently raised more than $65,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk by selling paper balloons at its stations. The company has also supported numerous local organizations, such as America's Second Harvest Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, the YMCA and more.
In recent years, Enmark has also sponsored the annual Savannah River Bridge Run, a race in which participants run or walk over the city's Talmadge Bridge. The 2013 Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run will take place Dec. 7 and benefit the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP) at St. Joseph's/Candler.
Earlier this year, Enmark added new stations in Springfield, Georgia and Bluffton, S.C. The chain continues to be guided by its mission "to be the best service stations and convenience stores, from the customer's perspective, in all the markets in which we operate."