From Thursday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Sept. 23, John Ketchen and the staff at John’s Qwik Stop will be celebrating the re-opening of the business in the new building at 814 C Avenue in Vinton, which also includes an A & W/Godfather’s Pizza restaurant area.
During that week, JQS will donate 10 percent of restaurant sales to a different organization each day.
Thursday, Sept. 15: 10 a.m.: Ribbon Cutting.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 4-8 p.m.: Live music, free keg beer, activities, drawings for prizes, including JQS gift cards.
There will also be appearances by “Rooty,” the A & W bear mascot, throughout the week.
Daily donations will go toward:
Sept. 16-17: VS Schools
Sept. 18-19: Virginia Gay Hospital
Sept. 20: Vinton Palace Theatre
Sept. 21: Vinton Parks and Rec
Sept. 22: Vinton Police Department
Sept. 23: Vinton Area Ministerial Association
John’s Qwik Stop has been located on C Avenue since the 1970s. In 1996, John Ketchen purchased John’s Qwik Stop from the original John, Mr. John Anderson.
The JQS website thanks the community for helping the business succeed for so long with these words: “John’s Qwik Stop has been blessed with loyal customers. It is because of our great customer base that this little store has been able to serve the community for over 20 years and be able to give back to Vinton, whether through the school activity sponsorships, local recreational department sponsorships and other various service organization fund-raisers. We want to thank you, THANK YOU for being the best customers! Without your patronage we wouldn’t be the store we are today.”