By Liz Segrist
Published Sept. 18, 2013
Less than one week after Charleston-based Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. announced plans to sell 29 of its stores, a company spokesman confirmed plans to close the Piggly Wiggly Northbridge store in West Ashley.
Christopher Ibsen, the company’s corporate affairs director, confirmed the closing via email. The company did not respond to requests for comment about when the store — at 14 Sumar St., near the intersection of Old Towne Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard — is closing, why it is closing or how employees will be affected.
The store’s Facebook page had a post regarding the closing, calling it a “very sad day” and thanking its loyal customers. The page has since been removed.
Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. announced plans last week to sell 22 stores to Bi-Lo Holdings LLC and seven stores to Harris Teeter.
Piggly Wiggly, a private, employee-owned company, did not disclose financial terms of the transactions. Bi-Lo’s acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter; Harris Teeter’s transaction is expected to be completed in October.
Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co., a franchise of Piggly Wiggly, which is owned by Keene, N.H.-based C&S Wholesale Grocers, operates nearly 100 stores in South Carolina and Georgia.
After the acquisitions, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. will own about 30 stores in South Carolina and coastal Georgia. Its other 30 stores will continue to operate through independently owned franchises.
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