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Family Fare customer Mary Harrison, left, prepares to purchase a product from Mia Givens.

The 128 N. Main St. Family Fare convenience store and gas station had not been open for even a week when Barry Mayfield stopped by to fill up his tank. He was more than impressed with the City’s newest business.

“I’m glad it’s finally open,” he said. “I love the Amoco gas. They already won a customer.”

The company is more than 70 years old. There are nearly 100 Family Fare convenience stores in North Carolina. The expansion into Virginia began in Wytheville. Emporia is the second store and the groundbreaking for a store in Newport News is just around the corner.

John Phillips owns the newest franchise. He’s quickly assimilating to the Emporia-Greensville community.

“This store is going to be clean,” he said. “You are going to be welcome when you come in. You are going to be thanked when you leave. We always try to speak to everybody. We want everybody to know they are welcome here.”

Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce members recently visited Phillips for a ribbon cutting ceremony. City Councilman Clifton Threat had the honor of cutting the ribbon, while flanked by Phillips and City Manager William Johnson.

Phillips described the store as open, spacious and easy to get around with a wide variety of items for sale. He said customers can expect five to six specials a month. Currently store hours are 6 a.m. to midnight, except for Fridays and Saturdays with the store remaining open until 2 a.m.

Come see us,” Phillips said. “I think you will be impressed. It’s a beautiful store and we want to welcome the community to us and we want to be a part of the community.”