Piggly Wiggly planning to close store on Ashley Phosphate in North Charleston

By Liz Segrist
Published Sept. 30, 2013

Charleston-based Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. announced it will close its store in the Festival Center on Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

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The announcement comes two weeks after the company said it would close its Northbridge location in West Ashley, and three weeks after it announced plans to sell 22 of its stores to Bi-Lo Holdings LLC and seven to Harris Teeter.

The 31,920-square-foot Festival Center store, at 5101 Ashley Phosphate Road, opened in 1988. The store’s lease has ended; Christopher Ibsen, the company’s corporate affairs director, said in an email that the last day of operations has not been finalized.

“Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. is pursuing with other grocery entities the goal of facilitating future career opportunities for as many store employees as possible,” Ibsen said in the email.

Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. is a franchise of Piggly Wiggly, which is owned by Keene, N.H.-based C&S Wholesale Grocers. It 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.

Bi-Lo’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers LLC, announced plans last week to conduct an initial public offering.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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