Shore Stop shows appreciation to customers

The Shore Stop convenience store (and gas station) in Bethany Beach will hold a customer appreciation day on Friday, May 20th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Store Manager Amy Baull said her husband, Cat Country deejay Brian K. Hall, would be on hand May 20 to help out. He will man the “Prize Wheel” from 10 a.m. until noon, she said.

Folks from the Delaware State Lottery will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m., and there will be food specials throughout the day. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., customers can pick up a three-piece chicken meal and 22-ounce fountain drink for $3.99. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a soda and slice of pizza go for $1.99.

Half-hourly, Shore Stop will hold drawings for gas certificates, chicken specials, baseball cards and a “Kick off the Summer” gift package. That includes a grill, charcoal, a cooler, chips and sodas (participants must be present for that drawing, at 2 p.m.).

Baull didn’t note any special significance attached to May 20 — she just said they’d been through a couple of transitions over the past year or so, and it was time to reward loyalty.

“We just want to say thank you to the regulars — and hopefully, see some new faces,” Baull said.

She said that there is plenty of competition in the area, but Shore Stop can hold its own.

“It all depends on where you like to go,” Baull pointed out “And, we have fresh fried chicken – that’s one of the things that really sets us apart.”

They offer a discount for larger orders, and she said one gentleman came in once a week for a 50-piece takeout, to treat his crew.

They also make cobbler on a daily basis — cherry, peach, pecan or apple. Baull said customers could buy single portions, or pick up a whole cobbler, if they preferred.

She expected the arrival of a grill in the next month or so, and until then, they have a few oven-baked sandwiches, hot wings, potato wedges and deli coldcuts.

“Whatever you have a hankering for, and it’s easy enough to throw everything in a picnic basket, maybe take it down to the beach,” Baull said.

She said she’d worked for the company for 12 years, four at the Bethany location, and enjoyed the position. “It’s fun — you get to know the locals,” she pointed out. “It feels worthwhile when you come back for a vacation or something and a customer asks where you’ve been.”