By Dennis Seid | NEMS Daily Journal
Nearly two years after it closed, the former Piggly Wiggly store in Saltillo will reopen as a Save-A-Lot grocery store.
It is owned by Scotty Runions and Keith Reynolds, who hope to open the store in late March or April.
“We’re about three months away from opening it,” Runions said. “Last week we were in the process of ordering equipment.”
The new owners have access to equipment already in the store, but they needed other items to get the store up and running to company specifications. Some of the building’s interior decorations also will be swapped out with Save-A-Lot signage.
Runions said the store will employ 16 to 20 people, with hiring to begin sometime next month.
It will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Piggly Wiggly opened in the Center City Market in mid-2009 but closed about a year later.
Runions said he thinks Save-A-Lot will register well with customers.
“We think it’s a great fit for the area,” he said.
The store will have a fresh meat counter, but it will not have a deli.
“It’s been a long time coming for a grocery to locate and reopen in the former Pig,” said Center City Market developer Jay Shannon. “We’re excited because Saltillo demands more quality, selection and savings.”
Save-A-Lot got its start in 1977 and has grown to some 1,300 stores in 39 states. It bills itself as an “extreme value” grocery chain.
Save-A-Lot is a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalue, a Fortune 100 company.
In addition to the new Save-A-Lot opening in the Center City Market, a Mexican restaurant and a wine store also are scheduled to open in the next few weeks in the development.
“The restaurant and wine store adds to the amenities that Saltillo has to offer and are another two reasons to shop Saltillo first,” Shannon said.