Last updated on March 25th, 2021 at 07:23 pm
Lynn and Cindy Willard, owners of nine Piggly Wiggly locations in South Carolina, have purchased two former Bi-Lo stores from Southeastern Grocers. The stores are located at 9616 Highway 78 in Ladson and 208 E. McIntyre Street in Mullins, South Carolina.
The transactions were closed in mid-May, and the acquired stores were rebranded under the Piggly Wiggly banner name. Grand opening celebrations for the stores were scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 6.
The Willards purchased the two stores in conjunction with C&S Wholesale Grocers, the owner of the Piggly Wiggly brand. Piggly Wiggly stores in South Carolina and southeast Georgia, which are independently owned and operated, are supported and supplied by C&S, which says it is looking forward to extending the Piggly Wiggly footprint.
“Our independent owners are excited to grow their existing store count and expand the Piggly Wiggly brand in the Southeast,” said John Owens, C&S VP of marketing and merchandising in the Southeast.
With the additional stores converting to the Piggly Wiggly banner, C&S Wholesale Grocers now services 51 Piggly Wiggly locations in South Carolina and Southeast Georgia. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, C&S supplies more than 14,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with more than 140,000 different products.