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Crews begin demolishing the former Piggly Wiggly supermarket on Sumar Street Tuesday in West Ashley. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

A once-prominent fixture of West Ashley's grocery scene is disappearing.

Workers began demolishing the former Piggly Wiggly supermarket on Sumar Street early Tuesday.

Dismantling of the 32,400-square-foot building began after mid-morning remarks by city of Charleston officials.  

The city bought the 2½-acre site last year for $3 million from Wintergreen Capital, a Charlotte-based development firm, after neighbors objected to the previous owner's plans to develop an upscale gas station on the triangular site where Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road come together.

The city has not decided what to do with the property. It plans to gather input from the public and the West Ashley Revitalization Commission about the property's future use.

Earlier this month, city planning director Jacob Lindsey said the building is not in a condition that can be repurposed.

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Demolition is expected to take about two weeks, he said.

The supermarket closed in 2013 following the unraveling of franchise owner Piggly Wiggly Carolina as the Charleston-based company encountered financial problems.

Suggestions on possible uses for the property can be sent to planwestashley@charleston-sc.gov.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.