Three independent Piggly Wiggly store owners have purchased three Bi-Lo stores in South Carolina and three Harveys Supermarkets in Georgia, made through an agreement with parent company Southeastern Grocers.
Piggly Wiggly stores in South Carolina and Southeast Georgia are supported and supplied by C&S Wholesale Grocers, the owner of the iconic store brand, but are independently owned and operated. According to C&S Wholesale Grocers, they are looking forward to extending the store brand’s footprint.
“Our Independent Owners are excited to grow their existing store count and expand the Piggly Wiggly brand in the Southeast,” said John Owens, VP of Marketing and Merchandising in the Southeast for C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Three Georgia stores are being purchased by Ashley and Missy Thompson, current owners of three Piggly Wiggly locations in Southeast Georgia. In South Carolina, two of the stores are being purchased by John and Anna Gillis, current owners of three Piggly Wiggly’s in the Upstate of South Carolina. One of the South Carolina stores is being purchased by David and Haley Smith, current owners of one of the brand stores in the Charleston area.
This follows Southeastern Grocer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and is on par with the company’s restructuring agreement, which they reported on earlier this month.
C&S will service 50 Piggly Wiggly locations
Following the purchase, C&S will service 50 Piggly Wiggly locations in South Carolina and southeast Georgia.
The transactions are expected to close by the end of April 2018 and upon the completion of the transaction, the stores will run under the brand name.
The popular store has over 600 supermarkets that are independently owned and operated in several states, including 48 located in South Carolina and Coastal Georgia.
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the industry leader in supply chain innovation.