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Piggly Wiggly stores sold to Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter as grocery market heats up
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Posted on 09/15/2013 5:28:26 AM PDT by Perdogg

The twenty-nine Piggly Wiggly stores sold by the family-owned company for an unknown sales price shouldn’t result in any closures, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Sept. 14.

Twenty-two of the Piggly Wiggly stores were sold by Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to Bi-Lo and another seven to Harris Teeter. Harris Teeter itself is in the process of being sold to Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: North Carolina; US: Ohio
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1 posted on 09/15/2013 5:28:26 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

My SIL works for PW. He’s worried about his job because he saw this coming. Hope it works out for him.


2 posted on 09/15/2013 5:31:04 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Perdogg

I thought you said you didn't have anything to do with those Piggly Wigglys?

3 posted on 09/15/2013 5:35:40 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Perdogg

like so many other grocery stores these too will be ground in to extinction by wally world.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Perdogg

Publix is on the march into North Carolina.


5 posted on 09/15/2013 5:43:19 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: Perdogg

I don’t like it when I go grocery shopping and find it’s a different store from the last time I went there.


6 posted on 09/15/2013 5:57:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Think of Christ's suffering.)
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To: csmusaret

Publix is taking over here in north east FL too.


7 posted on 09/15/2013 6:09:48 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: csmusaret
Publix is on the march into North Carolina.

Funny how libtards don't complain when a chain like Publix moves into an area and hurts family owned small business grocery stores...

O' wait...Publix is a great company to work for and the union thugs would be laughed out the front door...

8 posted on 09/15/2013 6:14:26 AM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: Perdogg

We have a relatively new grocery store chain around here - Aldi.
Their prices are amazing and they have euroweenie junk food (good stuff)! My wife shops it on the way home; I’d shop there if it was in the correct direction.


9 posted on 09/15/2013 6:17:41 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: manc

In NC we shopped mostly at Harris Teeter. When we moved to Ga and started shopping at Publix, our grocery bill was slashed by at least a third. Publix has bogos weekly - the items we use. Publix has THE best bread out of all of the chains in their bakeries. We do not buy our seafood from there- they definitely need to work on that dept. (I refuse to pay $9.99 for ONE small, tired looking tuna steak.)

Not sure what will happen when the dust settles but it should be interesting. I just hope they keep the good things about all the chains.


10 posted on 09/15/2013 6:18:46 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Joe Boucher
Piggly Wiggly was the first “supermarket” founded by Clarence Saunders in 1917. Before PW he had a grocery on the square in my little town in TN. Hid name is still very visible on the brick back of the store.

Saunders was a genius who got greedy and lost millions due to a shady stock run up.

11 posted on 09/15/2013 6:23:35 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: Little Ray

Re: Aldi’s- I bought two bags of groceries filled to the top- the paper bags they sell for $.10 each. Cucumbers, tomatoes, artisan lettuce, an eggplant, onions, peppers, mushrooms, apples, bread, other items- and my total for both bags was less than $15. I couldn’t believe it.


12 posted on 09/15/2013 6:24:57 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Joe Boucher
like so many other grocery stores these too will be ground in to extinction by wally world.

Wegmans is doing pretty well. I don't think Wal-Mart is much of a threat to them.

I know someone who works for Whole Foods, and they're going gangbusters.

13 posted on 09/15/2013 6:27:11 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Are the 29 PW Stores the entire chain? Doesn’t seem like much, or has it shuttered stores over the decades?


14 posted on 09/15/2013 6:29:02 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Joe Boucher
"...like so many other grocery stores these too will be ground in to extinction by wally world."

Piggly Wiggly was the chain that inspired Sam Walton in the first place.

15 posted on 09/15/2013 6:29:50 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Joe Boucher
like so many other grocery stores these too will be ground in to extinction by wally world.

In some areas, but Piggly Wiggly has stores in many (or most) small towns in several southern states, towns too small to ever support a Walmart.

16 posted on 09/15/2013 6:32:54 AM PDT by Will88
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To: DAC21

Are the 29 PW Stores the entire chain? Doesn’t seem like much, or has it shuttered stores over the decades?
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Downsizing must have been going on for some time. I remember PW stores in the upper Midwest not that long ago.


17 posted on 09/15/2013 6:33:52 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: Will88

Piggly Wiggly and Food Lion seem to have both gone to the markets too small for walley world similar to the IGA’s.


18 posted on 09/15/2013 6:38:28 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: DAC21
Are the 29 PW Stores the entire chain? Doesn’t seem like much, or has it shuttered stores over the decades?

No, those were just stores owned by a couple of owners in the Carolinas. There are hundreds of PW stores all over the South and in some border areas.

19 posted on 09/15/2013 6:40:34 AM PDT by Will88
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To: DAC21

That’s Piggly Wiggly Carolinas, regional hq in North Charkeston, SC. The sale doesn’t affect PW in other states. There are far more than 29 total.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 6:41:59 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Joe Boucher
Piggly Wiggly and Food Lion seem to have both gone to the markets too small for walley world similar to the IGA’s.

Yep, there are several towns near me with populations around 2,000 and they all have a PW. There's a town of about 15,000 population 25 miles away that has a Walmart Supercenter. There, one of two PWs closed along with a Winn-Dixie and a Food World. I'm not sure if WD and FW are still in business.

And all those small towns with a PW also have a Dollar General. All seem to be doing well.

21 posted on 09/15/2013 6:44:56 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Perdogg

Must be just the North Caroline stores owned by that family. There are about 80 stores in South Carolina alone, and in a bunch of them in other states.


22 posted on 09/15/2013 6:45:08 AM PDT by married21
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To: Perdogg
Groceries On My Shelf (Piggly Wiggly)--Lucille Bogan (1933)

My name is Piggly Wiggly, and I swear you can help yourself.
My name is Piggly Wiggly, and I swear you can help yourself.
And you've got to have your green back, for we don't take nothing else.

Yes, Piggly Wiggly store here, Piggly Wigglys everywhere.
Piggly Wiggly store here, Piggly Wigglys everywhere.
If you don't find one here, you will find one over there.

You can go to your five, you can go to your ten cent store.
You can go to your five, you can go to your ten cent store.
But if you come to my Piggly Wiggly, you won't go back there no more.

Now my friends all hate me, 'cause I've got a Piggly Wiggly store.
Now my friends all hate me; I've got a Piggly Wiggly store.
I've got groceries on my shelf, and they're laying all on the floor.

Now my Mama told me, Papa told me, too,
Now my Mama told me, Papa told me too,
They said that Piggly Wiggly store is going to be the ruin of you.

23 posted on 09/15/2013 6:52:16 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Will88
Dollar General does not waste time. About a 1/2 mile from my place there was a beat up old farmhouse. That was a month ago. There is now a brand new Dollar General up and running on that same site.

CC

24 posted on 09/15/2013 6:55:30 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Joe Boucher
"like so many other grocery stores these too will be ground in to extinction by wally world."

If all you have to offer your customer is location and price, Wallyworld will eat your lunch.

If on the other hand you offer cleanliness, real customer service, and superior product quality by empowering your associates through company-ownership (current Publix associates own the largest share of Publix stock) then you have nothing to fear from Sam's kids.
25 posted on 09/15/2013 7:12:53 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Don't like Gramnesty? Support Lee Bright www.brightforsenate.com/)
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To: Perdogg; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; Larry Lucido; ..
When I hear "Piggly Wiggly," I think back to my childhood in the 1950s from Houston, El Paso, Dallas and Corsicana, Texas to Tennessee to Arkansas to Alabama to Louisiana and back. Along with A&P, Duke & Ayres, S.H. Kress & Co., Woolworth, Weingarten's, Crosskeys, Meyer's, Sanger-Harris, Titche's, Foley's and the Shamrock Hilton are stores and places that loomed large in my memories.

Yet they are all gone now, as dead as the world I grew up in the 1950s.

Too bad, we had moral and common decency back then. Nowadays we have Obama and the Democrat Party--

26 posted on 09/15/2013 7:22:19 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Will88

“No, those were just stores owned by a couple of owners in the Carolinas. There are hundreds of PW stores all over the South and in some border areas”

Thanks, was figuring as much, even out here in Kalifornia I had known about PW Stores and not because of Driving Miss Daisy


27 posted on 09/15/2013 7:28:01 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Joe Boucher

I love Walmart. Great commercial success and extremely capitalistic! I do have their stock but would go regardless. Talk about getting all your needs in one place.


28 posted on 09/15/2013 7:29:21 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Will88

***In some areas, but Piggly Wiggly has stores in many (or most) small towns in several southern states, towns too small to ever support a Walmart. ***

There are several very small Walmart stores near here about the size of a Wallgreens. They are about the size of the first Walmart store to open not far from us back in the 1960s. Their prices are as low as other Walmarts and many use them as their primary convenience store.

These are NOT the Walmart Marketplace grocery stores which are larger.


29 posted on 09/15/2013 7:30:34 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Yes. IIRC, it was the first store where the customers didn’t give a clerk behind the counter a list and wait for him to fill it.

Clarence trusted the customers to wander the store unsupervised. It was a leap of faith that paid off.

He also laid out his stores in a large “Z” fold path with every row open only at one end alternating, hence you had to “wiggle” through the store so you had to walk by every item on every shelf.

Impulse buying was born, the rest is history!


30 posted on 09/15/2013 8:19:14 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Perdogg; TexGrill

Global Businees Tip PING ;>


31 posted on 09/15/2013 8:20:51 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

In the small town in SC that I live in, we have all 4 (Publix, Harris Teeter, BI-LO, and the Pig) within spitting distance of each other and my wife patronized them all.
She is a sharp observer of grocery stores and has given me her general assessment of the 4:
They all have some strengths...
Publix: large, clean, consistently good deli, not the lowest price, excellent service.
Harris Teeter: A notch or two below Publix, well stocked, average deli, good people.
BI-LO: Average size, not as clean as the others, shoddy service, best prices though, especially on big household items like paper goods, soda, etc.
The Pig: Stores generally smaller, less selection, average deli, but most of the employees are great and have been with the Pig/Newton family forever.


32 posted on 09/15/2013 8:32:24 AM PDT by stationkeeper
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To: Little Ray
Aldi's has an amazing business model... note the "pay shoping carts", the BYO Bags, the fact that at any given time they have 2 employees staffing the ENTIRE STORE... low overhead=low prices. It works well when faced with a 0bama Recovery Second Great Depression.

While everyone else is shopping at Wegman's or Whole Foods for their free-range, articical growth hormone-free, fair trade, BPA-free certified organic STARFRUIT, I will be at ALDI's, buying tin cans of black beans.

Every penny I save, buys a penny of ammo (which ain't much, but the solution to this whole economic disaster really only takes "a few pennies"... if you catch my drift).

Hold on a second... sounds like someone is at the door...

33 posted on 09/15/2013 8:32:29 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Joe Boucher

Here in Texas, we have a privately owned mega grocer called HEB that has superior service, groceries and overall quality. Best grocery store I have ever been to.


34 posted on 09/15/2013 8:39:28 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: Perdogg
I had heard Dolly Parton was expanding her portfolio by buying the grocery chains Piggly Wiggly, Harris Teeter, and Big Star.

She has renamed them, Big Wiggly Teeters.

35 posted on 09/15/2013 8:47:52 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Little Ray

We have a new Aldi in the Houston burbs also. Stopped there just to check them out. Grocery carts are chained together and you have to insert a quarter in a slot to get one. Just hit me wrong. Thanks but no thanks.


36 posted on 09/15/2013 8:48:56 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Little Ray
I find myself saying neigh to Aldi...


37 posted on 09/15/2013 8:49:05 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Joe Boucher
like so many other grocery stores these too will be ground in to extinction by wally world.

It's ironic the buyer is K-Mart.

38 posted on 09/15/2013 8:52:30 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

The Aldi business model operates their stores with three people. They rely heavily on transportation and central warehousing locations for stock replenishment. Restock is done before opening by the same people who run the register.


39 posted on 09/15/2013 9:03:38 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Rodamala

I believe Aldi’s is owned by the same company as Trader Joe’s. I’ve never been to an Aldi’s but have heard good things.


40 posted on 09/15/2013 9:07:30 AM PDT by CTGOPPER (Conservative in Connecticut. Really.)
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To: Rodamala

At Aldi you don’t pay for the shopping carts, you rent them. You get your quarter back when you return the cart.


41 posted on 09/15/2013 9:22:00 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: John 3_19-21

You are correct about Publix,
Great company, great stores


42 posted on 09/15/2013 9:44:45 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: csmusaret

Yes, I know that you get the quarter back, but I am amazed by the efficiency of the concept. It reinforces doing the “right thing” and returning the cart... which means that they don’t have to pay someone to constantly police carts, and there are no insurance claims for carts rolling into the side of some soccermom’s Range Rover, and I SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES.

Everybody wins.


43 posted on 09/15/2013 10:10:30 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Neither could I. Try the Parmesan crusted chicken tenders, too, from the frozen section. They’re a good start for a speedy chicken parm.


44 posted on 09/15/2013 10:38:58 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Grams A

Works for me. That is the business module - only pay for what you actually want. It seems to do a good job of keeping overhead down.


45 posted on 09/15/2013 10:43:50 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Coldwater Creek

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Saunders_(grocer)


46 posted on 09/15/2013 11:58:07 AM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: DAC21

“Are the 29 PW Stores the entire chain? Doesn’t seem like much, or has it shuttered stores over the decades?”

As far as I know, there is still a PW in McKinney, Texas, about 30 miles NW of Dallas. It was there when I lived there from 1984-87 and it was still open a couple of years ago. The article mentioned some stores that were “franchises” so it sounds like they will still be around.


47 posted on 09/15/2013 2:00:46 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

There is an Aldi’s a couple of blocks from my house. I buy some items there but for me it doesn’t work out too well with them only having gallon sizes of milk and such. I’m a single senior so I don’t buy large quantities. However, they have some awesome cracker and cookie assortments.


48 posted on 09/15/2013 2:02:56 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: Bender2

You sure stirred up some memories for me with your 1950’s list of now defunct stores. We also had the Mott’s and TGY dime stores in the Dallas area well into the 80’s but they are gone now. Dime stores were wonderful. You could get anything and everything there.


49 posted on 09/15/2013 2:08:32 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: lormand

HEB stores are mostly west of me except for Central Market which is where I go when I want to reward myself. Love their bakery and deli.


50 posted on 09/15/2013 2:17:18 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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