This week’s question goes to Mike Cowell, who asked, “What is planned for the old Piggly Wiggly store?”
This Piggly Wiggly was located at 386 East Street, in Pittsboro. It opened its doors on October 15, 2007, and served its customers for over 10 years before it announced its closureon Facebook this past July.
Now the storefront of the defunct Piggly Wiggly is left with scratched-off letters where its sign once stood.
According to Victoria Bailiff of the Pittsboro Planning Department, the Piggly Wiggly spot won’t have a successor anytime soon.
“Right now, we haven’t had any plans submitted,” said Bailiff.
According to the Chatham County, NC Land Use & Planning viewing application, the land’s deed belongs to Piedmont Center Investments LLC. The company acquired the 4.15-acre property in 1999.
The viewing application also says that the plot of land is zoned as C-2, which stands for “highway commercial”. Pittsboro’s zoning ordinance document classifies a C-2 property as an area along a highway that is intended for the public. This definition includes “shopping centers and strip centers as well as free-standing, highway oriented business establishments.”
Bailiff said she remembers speaking with the owner of the shopping center when Piggly Wiggly initially announced its closing in 2018. They discussed possible options for the space’s occupants after Piggly Wiggly’s closure, but no plans have materialized since – at least to area officials.
If someone did submit an application to take over the grocery store, Bailiff said the change would happen rather quickly. Businesses that want to move into shopping centers usually don’t take a long time to get approved. She said she hopes that will happen soon.
“You don’t want a shopping center to sit there stagnant,” Bailiff said.
For those of you who still dig the pig, you can go to the Siler City branch. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is located at 600 W, Raleigh St, in Siler City.