Piggly Wiggly recently made a comeback in West Ashley with a new store, but one of the once-prominent chain's former supermarkets in the Charleston suburb will soon disappear.
The former Pig on Sumar Street will face the wrecking ball starting May 29, according to city Planning Director Jacob Lindsey and a demolition crew member on the site.
The city of Charleston 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 solicit input from the public and the West Ashley Revitalization Commission about the property's future use.
"The building itself is unusable and not in a condition that can be used for anything," Lindsey said Friday. "We think the best ideas should rise to the top through the public engagement process. We haven't taken anything off the table."
He expects discussions to take place within the next month or so.
Demolition is expected to take about two weeks, Lindsey said.
The 32,400-square-foot Piggly Wiggly supermarket closed in 2013 following the unraveling of franchise owner Piggly Wiggly Carolina as it encountered financial woes.