Twenty-two Piggly Wiggly stores have been sold to Bi-Lo Holdings LLC. On Sept. 13, Savannah Now reported that Bi-Lo reached a deal with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Inc. to take over 22 stores and their 1,200 employees in South Carolina and Georgia.
"We look forward to welcoming these new associates to the Bi-Lo Holdings family and to building on the strength of these stores. We will continue to fine-tune our company and network of stores so that we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers... the freshest foods, the best deals and really connecting to their neighborhoods," said Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings.
Piggly Wiggly stores were sold to Bi-Lo, the parent company of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The Piggly Wiggly supermarket locations will be rebranded under the new ownership but most employees will be keeping their jobs when the official turnover occurs later this year.
"We are glad that employees will have the opportunity to work for Bi-Lo Holdings, and guests will continue to be served by the familiar people who have been the backbone of these stores for years," said president and CEO of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co., David Schools. While some employees may choose to leave their posts, Mr. Schools sounds positive for their futures.
Although some Piggly Wiggly stores were sold, customers hope that they get the same experience while shopping at their neighborhood supermarkets in the years to come.
© Effie Orfanides 2013