Piggly Wiggly now open in Hardeeville
Hardeeville is back being part of the Piggly Wiggly family.
“I am happy to have this store and to be a part of the Pig family,” owner Lou Sherman said of the store on Main Street in Hardeeville. “Response from the other stores has been great, the city of Hardeeville and the town of Ridgeland and surrounding areas have some friendly people and we look forward to continuing to serve their grocery needs.”
The store was a Piggly Wiggly in Hardeeville for more than 30 years before it was Price Wise Foods for about the last eight years.
The renamed store is at 7 Main Street in Hardeeville and is open every day from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The store has grocery, produce and meat departments, with meats being processed and cut on-site for customers. The store also offers local produce and there will be more Piggly Wiggly private label offerings in the future, providing a wider selection for shopping.
Sherman purchased the store, and also owns Piggly Wiggly stores in Ridgeland and Port Royal. He said he hopes to have the transformation back to Piggly Wiggly in Hardeeville completed by Thanksgiving.
“The people of Hardeeville have been glad to have us there and the response from them has been great,” Sherman said. “This store has a hometown feel just like my other two have and we offer friendly service. We look to draw customers from other areas around the Lowcountry, including the Bluffton, Okatie area. We have a great location and people notice us as they travel into Hardeeville.”
The Hardeeville Piggly Wiggly store has 30 employees and having a local owner can have its advantages. Sherman said while other stores might not be able to provide an answer to a customer’s question immediately, his stores will provide the personal service that has a hometown feel to it.
“We offer quality products, the service is more intimate, we listen to our customers and ask for feedback, both complimentary and critical,” he said. “We can address any issue faster, we are here and the money stops here.”
Service within the community is also something that Sherman plans on continuing at the new store. His store has donated to the Hardeeville Catfish Festival in the past and also donates to local churches and other organizations.
“This is our third year for the Pig Pantry This is when customers buy a $5 grocery bag full of food and then we donate it to a local food pantry,” Sherman said. “We always do something, even if it seems small; we want to help out in the community. Knowing that the public can count on us to help makes us seem more like family.”
While there are no set plans for a grand opening yet, Sherman said he hopes to have an event of some kind in the future.
“I have customers who have been lifelong Piggly Wiggly customers,” he said. “They are the glue to the store, they hold it together and then their families continue to shop with us. We are proud to serve our customers and we are happy to have Hardeeville as a part of our Pig family.”