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Expressing love through business

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:30 am

Kinsale’s Jack Rabbit Express is a store with a mission: continuity of service by the Sichol family to the community they love.

Open 5-10 Monday-Saturday and 6-10 Sunday, they fuel and feed workers on their way to and from tasks of the day and serve as a gathering spot, especially during the summer season for folks headed for the river.

They donate to churches, museums like the Kinsale Foundation, Relay for Life, youth sports, and other charitable service organizations, such as The Haven Shelter.

They love to greet new babies, including their very own young Rhys McKendree Sichol, now 1, the third generation of Sichols in the family-owned and operated business.

He is named after his two grandfathers: Jack McKendree Sichol and Rhys Weakley of Northern Neck Building Supply.

They grieve at the deaths of friends, including the recent passing of Ralph Feil, “the unofficial Mayor of Sandy Point,” and ebullient philanthropist Joni Lawler, with whom Sarah worked at The Haven Shelter.

Grand reopening

Everyone is invited to their grand reopening celebration from 10-2 on May 23, the Thursday before Memorial Day, under the ownership of founder Jack Sichol’s younger son Austin, 39, and wife Sarah Weakley Sichol, 33, who took over in May 2018.

There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks, and numerous prizes and other giveaways, such as Jack Rabbit Express shirts, Marathon Cash Cards, WRAR/WNNT prize wheel.

The store has operated at the stoplight by Carmel Church at the intersection of Routes 604 and 202 since Jack Sichol opened it in 1992.

First it was on the northeast corner, in a store built by Josh Braxton across the Sandy Point Road from Carmel Church.  With an eye to the future, Jack bought the present store on the northwest corner in 2006 and began renovations that culminated in a move in 2009.

The fact that Jack Rabbit Express has survived and thrived in an area of intense convenience store competition is a tribute to the service code and positive energy of the Sichol family.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 5/15/19

Sarah and Austin Sichol are the proud owners of the Kinsale store, Jack Rabbit Express.