OHIO VALLEY — Gallipolis, Point Pleasant and Wellston Foodland stores will be transitioning into Piggly Wiggly stores in the coming weeks due to a new business arrangement between the franchise and Ohio Valley Supermarkets.
The stores are anticipated to carry the new franchise name in the first quarter of 2016.
According to information provided by Ohio Valley Supermarkets representatives, Piggly Wiggly has more than 600 stores in 18 states.
Ohio Valley Supermarket operates Foodland as well as five Save-A-Lot locations. According to Brent Eastman, co-owner of Ohio Valley Supermarkets with his brother Kevin Eastman, their parents and family created a business that consisted of over 13 different grocer locations.
According to Brent, he did not anticipate any loss of jobs with the transition to the Piggly Wiggly franchise. He said the grocery stores would change in their food providers to offer different food supplies. Ohio Valley Supermarkets would also continue to manage and operate the converted Piggly Wiggly locations. With new services and products, Ohio Valley Supermarkets hopes to potentially continue expanding its operations.
There will be an expected five Piggly Wiggly stores to be converted on top of the current one serving in Oak Hill.
According to information provided by Ohio Valley Supermarkets, the business has operated a Piggly Wiggly in Oak Hill for almost a year and reports that customers have “been very happy with their shopping experience.”
“We are enthusiastic about the conversion,” Brent said. “Costumers will enjoy a new meat department and fresh produce at a great value and will find a great shopping experience with Piggly Wiggly.”
The new stores are anticipated to have expanded services in their meat departments with in-store cut angus beef. The stores will offer experienced meat cutters on-site to provide cuts to customer requests and specifications.
With the Oak Hill Piggly Wiggly location, Point Pleasant’s Foodland will see a conversion to the new franchise along with the store in downtown Gallipolis, Wellston and the Foodland located along Jackson Pike.
Stores will remain open as franchise names are exchanged.
Piggly Wiggly operations are primarily in the midwest and southern regions of the U.S. It was founded in Memphis, Tenn. and is currently headquartered in Keene, N.H. The business was founded by Clarence Saunders in 1916. It’s parent company is C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.