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Local Piggly Wiggly store to close after more than 50 years

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The local Piggly Wiggly store will close its doors at the end of the month after more than 50 years of business in the community.

“Our last day will be May 30,” said Lynnette Loyd, who has worked at the Piggly Wiggly on Main Street as a checker for 10 years and is one of the closing managers at the store. “The company went bankrupt.”

Loyd said store employees were notified of the intended closing on Friday, although she didn’t find out until Saturday as Friday was her day off.

“They’re shutting down at least 40 stores across the country, what corporate owned,” said Loyd, who indicated Sulphur Springs employees had been given no further details regarding the matter, nor did they have a contact for the corporate office.

The Sulphur Springs store, which generally employees 28-30 people, has been in operation for at least 55 years.

The store is a part of the Piggly Wiggly Corporation, originally started in 1916 in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders, who began issuing stocks in the corporation which were traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Saunders lost control of the company in the early 1920s. The corporation continued without Saunders, opening hundreds of stores across the country, according to www.pigglywiggly.com, the company website.

Today there are more than 600 Piggly Wiggly stores in 17 states.

Piggly Wiggly LLC’s corporate headquarters in Keene, N.H., issues Piggly Wiggly franchises to qualified independent grocery retailers, to whom they offer retail support, marketing programs and a line of promotional items. Piggly Wiggly LLC is an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the nation.

The website claims several “firsts” in the industry, including providing checkout stands, price marking every item in the store, offering a full line of nationally advertised brands, using refrigerated cases to keep produce fresher longer, putting employees in uniforms, design and use of patented fixtures and equipment throughout their stores, and franchising independent grocers to operate under the self-service method of food merchandising, according to the website.

No further information about the store closing was available late Monday morning. The company website did not list a phone contact, only an e-mail contact, from which the News-Telegram had received no reply at noon Monday.

 

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