ROCKBRIDGE — The Sunoco gas station at U.S. 33 and Clear Creek Road is now open under new management and has a new name — Dogwood Crossing Too. Brenda and Richard “Dick” Kilbarger of Lancaster are happy to return to the business they once owned in 2003 and 2004.
The couple ran the convenience store until they decided to sell it in May 2005 when a family emergency took precedence over the business.
“With my husband’s daughter becoming ill, it was a good time to take off and spend some time with her,” Brenda said, explaining cancer claimed her life just a short while later. Since that time, Brenda and her husband have been caring for their grandson.
Family values play an important role in their business and carry over to the work environment too. “Having good employees is really important, and you have to be dedicated to the business as an owner,” Kilbarger explained. “We always tell an employee there’s nothing we’re not willing to do — from sweeping, to the garbage, to running the registers — and being good to your employees is key, and being very hands-on as an owner is very important.”
When the business was sold at a sheriff’s sale after the former owners left, the couple jumped at the chance and purchased the building a second time in December 2010. They immediately applied for a liquor license for the establishment and began renovations. “The whole store has been gutted and newly renovated, with new, fresh restrooms; all new equipment; and everything has been redone. We have a beer cave, and we have brought in a Subway,” she said.
Both the Subway restaurant and Dogwood Crossing Too are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The cool thing about Subway is they are doing call-ahead ordering, so you can have it ready for you when you pick it up. And they’re also doing online ordering, so you can go to www.subway.com and choose the area or the state, and choose Rockbridge and it should be right there,” Kilbarger added. The number to call ahead and order is 740-746-8101, she noted.
The business also features a Dogwood Rewards Program, where customers can earn points and redeem them. As part of a new promotion, anyone with a Dogwood Rewards card can enter to win one of eight Sunoco gift cards valued at $50 each. The couple chose to contract with Sunoco for their gasoline needs.
“If customers use a Sunoco gift card or credit card, they automatically will receive three cents back just for using their Sunoco gift card,” Kilbarger said.
The Lancaster pair already own Dogwood Crossing Travel Center at U.S. 33 and Coonpath Road, which has been in operation for several years. They chose the name while sitting on their deck one day at home, settling upon the word “dogwood” — named after a tree planted near their deck.
“We are happy to be back and happy that we’ve partnered with Subway, and hope to be a great asset to the community and the area,” she said.