Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter takeover of Pig stores nearly complete

Harris Teeter has replaced five local stores it acquired from Piggly Wiggly this week, with the latest opening Friday at 1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

Harris Teeter has replaced most of its share of Piggly Wiggly stores in the Charleston region this week, and Bi-Lo will soon do the same.

Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo bought 12 local stores from the Charleston-based Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. in September.

Harris Teeter acquired seven local stores, and five have been updated and were reopened under its name this week.

The next opens at 8 a.m. Friday in Sea Island Shopping Center at Ben Sawyer and Chuck Dawley boulevards in Mount Pleasant.

The two others Harris Teeter acquired won’t reopen for some time. A James Island location at 1739 Maybank Highway is undergoing a complete remodel and is scheduled to reopen in “late” 2014, according to a flier the grocer sent out to residents of that area.

Harris Teeter also bought a future Piggly Wiggly on Isle of Palms that hadn’t been built yet. Plans for that store have not been released.

Bi-Lo bought 18 South Carolina stores and 6 Georgia stores from Piggly Wiggly for $35 million. The sale is scheduled to be finalized Nov. 2. The five local supermarkets that Bi-Lo is acquiring will close that day and reopen under its new brand Nov. 8.

Piggly Wiggly Carolina is scaling back it grocery store holdings, especially in its hometown. The chain’s closest Piggly Wiggly location to downtown Charleston after the Bi-Lo deal will be off Rivers Avenue near Otranto Road in North Charleston.

The company will maintain three other corporate-owned stores in Hollywood, Moncks Corner and St. George in the tricounty area. It also owns Price Wise Foods in Hanahan.

In all, Piggly Wiggly will have 25 company-owned namesake stores in South Carolina and coastal Georgia, 29 independently owned Piggly Wiggly stores and two corporate-owned Price Wise stores.

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