BiLo to purchase 22 Piggly Wiggly stores, Harris Teeter to buy 6

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- BiLo Holdings, the parent company of BiLo and Winn Dixie grocery stores, has announced that they have agreed to purchase 22 Piggly Wiggly stores in South Carolina and Georgia. Harris Teeter will purchase an additional 6 stores, as well as one under construction.

According to a press release sent Thursday, the 22 stores employ 1,200 employees.

The Piggly Wiggly stores that Harris Teeter will acquire include three stores in Charleston, S.C. located at 1739 Maybank Highway, 1985 Folly Road and 1005 Harbor View Road; two stores in Mount Pleasant, S.C. located at 1220 Ben Sawyer Boulevard and 1981 Riviera Drive; the Newton Farms location on Kiawah Island, S.C.; and one store location under construction in Isle of Palms, S.C. located at 1513 Palm Boulevard.

"Piggly Wiggly has a long tradition of operating customer-friendly stores in Charleston.{} These store locations and the dedicated associates who work in them make this an especially attractive transaction for Harris Teeter.{} We plan to remodel and expand a number of these locations to create brand new Harris Teeter stores to serve our customers.{} Charleston is a growing and vibrant market, and we look forward to continuing to expand our presence in the region," said Thomas W. Dickson, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer.

Harris Teeter officials expect the deal to be completed by the end of October, at which point the stores will be closed for several days while the stores are restocked and the employees are trained.

The pharmacies, however, will remain open throughout the transition.

"We look forward to welcoming these new associates to the Bi-Lo Holdings family and to building on the strength of these stores," said Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. "We will continue to fine-tune our company and network of stores so that we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers the freshest foods, the best deals and really connecting to their neighborhoods.""The departure of employees and stores from the Piggly Wiggly team will be acutely felt, but we know that Bi-Lo Holdings will benefit from these outstanding folks," said David Schools, president and CEO of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.{} "We are glad that employees will have the opportunity to work for Bi-Lo Holdings, and guests will continue to be served by the familiar people who have been the backbone of these stores for years."The Piggly Wiggly stores that Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire include :{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 3386 Railroad Avenue, Bamberg, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 50 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 445 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 630 Skylark Drive, Charleston, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 136 South Main Street, Clover, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 4711-1 Forest Drive, Columbia, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 104 Jungle Road, Edisto Beach, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 3353 Highway 72/221 East, Greenwood, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 3575 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9616 Highway 78, Ladson, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 760 Highway 378, Lexington, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 4360 Augusta Road, Lexington, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 208 East McIntyre Street, Mullins, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 115 Willbrook Boulevard, Pawleys Island, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 518 North Wheeler Avenue, Prosperity, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 615 Harry C Raysor Drive South, St Matthews, S.C.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 1338 North Way, Darien, Ga.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 4415 Augusta Street, Garden City, Ga.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 312 South Main Street, Glennville, Ga.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 1042 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 2142 East Victory Drive, Savannah, Ga.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 7360 Skidaway Road, Savannah, Ga.The transaction is expected to be final by the end of the year and will result in the stores being rebranded under the BiLo name.The financial details of the deal were not released.