Clover’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store to change to Bi-Lo Nov. 15

dworthington@heraldonline.comOctober 25, 2013 

— The Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Clover will close Nov. 9 and reopen as a Bi-Lo store on Nov. 15, the new owners announced Thursday.

Bi-Lo recently purchased 22 stores from Piggly Wiggly, just one of a number of changes in the grocery business as companies try to find the compatible and competitive markets.

Also in September, Bi-Lo sold seven stores in York and Mecklenburg counties to Publix, rapidly expanding the Florida-based company’s presence in the region. Publix is examining the stores to determine what changes need to be made. A tentative reopening date for the Cherry Road Publix is early 2014. The tentative opening for the new Pubix on Heckle Boulevard and Lake Wylie is late 2015, according go a Bi-Lo spokeswoman.

Harris-Teeter also acquired seven Piggly Wiggly stores in the Charleston area. Harris-Teeter has not announced when those stores will be converted. The Charlotte-based grocery chain was recently purchased by Kroger.

Competition in the Rock Hill market is anticipated to increase if Wal-Mart gets city approval to build one of its neighborhood market stores on Celanese Road, near a Harris-Teeter location.

Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the ninth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the United States based on net sales. The company employs nearly 60,000 workers in 686 grocery stores in eight southeastern states. Founded in Charleston in 1947, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company has more than 3,000 employees across South Carolina and coastal Georgia.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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