BAMBERG, S.C. (WJBF) — A business many of you asked for in Bamberg, South Carolina is finally headed back to the area.
“Soon and very soon we gonna have a store. Piggly Wiggly, Piggly Wiggly is the name of the store,” Modestine Richburg said singing to NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk when asked about how she felt concerning the news.
It’s was a whole lot of singing, smiles, and high fives following a much-needed announcement — a Piggly Wiggly headed to the area.
“My people now have a grocery store. My walking traffic now has a grocery store,” Mayor Nancy Foster said.
“It’s one of the best days in our life because of how much we needed a grocery store here,” Francis Sanders-Johnson added.
Sanders-Johnson was one of the residents who came to the Heritage Shopping Center to hear the announcement Wednesday, October 29. She says after the Bi-Lo closed, she would drive all over the area to find what she needed. Now, she and others can shop locally.
“We’ve been a food desert and now it gives people the opportunity to shop locally that have no vehicles and things of that nature,” Bamberg County Council Chairman Trent Kinard said.
Right now, crews are preparing the store for the new opening, including cleaning, pressure washing, and painting. “We’ll redo all the signs [on the building] and we’ll redo the signs on the street,” Managing Member of Augusta-based Vireo Group Clay Boardman said. “We’ll do some landscaping and just watching Piggly Wiggly start their buildout inside,” he added.
Chuck Fogle, with Fogle Incorporated, will locally own and operate the Piggly Wiggly. The Bamberg location will be the sixth under the company’s control. A complete selection of groceries, meat, produce, and a deli/bakery will be on hand. Also, a partnership with a local wholesale grocery supplier means low prices for you and your family.
“I think Piggly Wiggly is going to do a very good job because they do an outstanding job in Denmark,” Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce member Lisha Crum said.
Officials say it was a number of people who made the announcement possible like County Administrator Joey Preston. “He and I for the last year or so, along with Mayor Foster, have been calling people randomly, driving all over the place trying to get something done but Joey was the biggest factor in making this Piggly Wiggly come back to Bamberg and Bamberg is Big on the Pig,” Chairman Kinard added.
For people like Richburg, she’s thanking a higher power for the new provision. “We waited this long, it’s worth every minute. Thanks to God,” she said.
The store will employ about 60 people and should be open by the beginning of the new year.