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Piggly Wiggly #102, 4350 Saint Andrews Road: 5 June 2004   31 comments

Posted at 12:01 am in historic,stores

This is not the fancy Piggly Wiggly that was once at the top of the hill on Saint Andrews Road, but a later store. It was a typical Pig of its time, which was somewhat before the chain's current upscale push with stores like Forest Drive and Litchfield Beach. As I recall, I only stopped here once, and found nothing in particular to like or dislike. The plaza where it was located is below the Bush River Road / Saint Andrews Road intersection, near the industrial plant and Seven Oaks Park. It was the anchor store, and the whole strip has been hurting since it closed. I'm not entirely sure why that happened, but I think it may have been leap-frogged by the upscale new Bi-Lo which opened a few blocks down the road. The property was vacant for a while after the Pig pulled out, but is now some sort of fitness center.

UPDATE 2 Feb 2011: Added store number (102) and full street address to post title.

UPDATE 9 March 2011: Added specific closing date based on comment by commenter Andrew

UPDATE-2 9 March 2011: Oops! There were two Pigs on Saint Andrews road, and I got the wrong date and address. (Which also means it was not store #102..) -- Fixed.

UPDATE-3 9 March 2011: OK, the store number moved here from the other Saint Andrews store, so it was store # 102, just not the first location for store #102.

Written by ted on January 26th, 2009

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  1. If this is the one I'm thinking of, by the railroad tracks, didn't it get bought out by Bruno's like the one on Two Notch? Or was it the other way around, they were Bruno's then bought out by Piggly Wiggly?

    Nobody

    26 Jan 09 at 7:07 am

  2. This store was originally a Harris-Teeter. When H-T pulled out of most of SC earlier this decade, PW bought. I did talk to a PW employee once who did comfirmed that the Bi-Lo was the death of this store.

    Tom

    26 Jan 09 at 10:27 am

  3. I think it was Brunos then Harris Teeter and once it became the pig it died. Harris-Teeter people don't usually shop at the pig. Harris Teeter is usually a lot fancier. I knew some of the employees who quit once the Pig bought them out.

    Mr Bill

    26 Jan 09 at 1:47 pm

  4. You are correct. It was a Brunos which were bought out by Harris Teeter. I don't know why there are no HT in SC but an interesting side note (to me atleast). I lived in Raleigh NC for a bit and worket at Harris Teeter and I found out that the manager of the store I worked at was the manager of this store.

    Publix sucks by the way

    Michael

    27 Jan 09 at 12:21 am

  5. Michael, why the hate for Publix? Bruno's was a nice store, certainly a couple of clips above Food Lion. For a bit, after Giant Food World went out of business in Cluster's of Whitehall, there was a Fresh Market. The St. Andrew's area was not ready for that, and they closed down. Harris Teeter was a nice store, but we had moved from the area by that time, and I despise Piggly Wiggly so I never shopped there when they moved from the hill. Rumor has it that the old Piggly Wiggly on Lake Murray Blvd will be a Fresh Market or Earth Fare. Either will be welcome.

    Jonathan

    27 Jan 09 at 9:30 am

  6. yeah I've gotta say I like publix a lot. I live Cayce and for some reason I have 3 Bi-los near me and one Food Lion. I would love to have a Kroger, Publix or Harris Teeter.

    BTW I think they still have a Harris Teeter on Hilton Head. That may be the only one in SC. They are on every corner in Charlotte.

    Mr Bill

    27 Jan 09 at 1:48 pm

  7. Just a horrible experience working there. I won't go into detail b/c I would be here for hours.

    But I'll ask you, why do you despise the Pig. My only experience with the pig was going to the one on Lake murray and seeing a DHEC score of C in the deli. So I immediately turned around and walked out.

    Michael

    27 Jan 09 at 11:52 pm

  8. I've always thought the pig seemed dirty no matter what location.

    Mr Bill

    28 Jan 09 at 10:06 am

  9. Fair enough. I'm sure if I worked at places I would not like them either. KMart @ Dutch Square in the summer of '88 comes to mind. I've only been in there three times since. I never liked the Pig on the hill at St. Andrews, because I thought it was dirty, but that's been some time ago. I went in the Pig on Lake Murray Blvd, and because they did not have self checkout, I had to give her my Food Lion card for the discount, and she did not take it. So I left all my groceries at the checkout. I never had this problem at other Pigs with self checkout. Everybody's card would work. Also, I never got used to the layouts at the Pig. Part of what I like about Publix, is the layouts are similar, even though the seafood departments switch sides. I've grown not to like the Harbison as much, because it is a clip below the Kennerly and North Lake store, as far as selection, etc. Overall, I don't like those "card" stores, because if something is higher, I can choose to not buy it. For example, in 1994, Kroger advertised 12 packs of Coke for $5.99, but if you had the card, it was $2.99. Nobody priced Coke that high back then, that was a 12 of Bud Light, but they tried to make you feel like you were saving money. I don't know, just not a Pig fan...

    Jonathan

    28 Jan 09 at 11:37 am

  10. There is still a Harris Teeter in Rock Hill off Celanese Road. It is one of the nicest grocery stores I have ever shopped in.

    Summer

    28 Jan 09 at 12:37 pm

  11. I tell ya a store I've been very impressed with, is the Ingles. They also have the outdated/futuristic stores, but the one in Brevard, NC is one of the nicest stores I've been in. They have couches you can sit and read books/magazines at, ala Barnes and Noble. Nice beer selection as well, which never hurts!

    Jonathan

    28 Jan 09 at 1:17 pm

  12. It is interesting what an important relationship we have with "our" grocery stores.

    Anyone else remember the dumpy Piggly Wiggly that was in Five Points until about 1980?

    I still miss the little Red & White that was at the north entrance to Pawley's Island, way before everything around there became thoroughly modernized.

    I will be sad when the day finally comes that the Red & White on Isle of Palms closes. Wouldn't be a beach trip without going there.

    Dennis

    28 Jan 09 at 1:37 pm

  13. The Pawleys' Red & White was a late 70s newcomer!

    The real store there was Lachicotte's, a true "we have *everything*" general store. When it burned down, it took the Red & White *and* the hardware store to replace it.

    Or you could walk across the parking lot to Marlowe's, the last store on the neck to run "accounts".

    ted

    28 Jan 09 at 1:46 pm

  14. The Food Lion at Pawley's is the nicest one I've ever been in.

    Mr Bill

    28 Jan 09 at 5:28 pm

  15. I don't recall a PW in five points. I know the old Kenny's auto place was a Winn-Dixie though.

    Tom

    28 Jan 09 at 5:39 pm

  16. Love the Pig. They are locally owned and are managed by people that can make decisions without calling twenty people above them. The stores in Columbia, South Carolina are cleaner and merchandised better than Food Lion.

    Jack Maddox

    18 Apr 09 at 1:20 pm

  17. Does anyone remember the grocery store on Bush River Rd. across from what's now Walmart, but this is WAY before then. It was originally Thrifty Mart, then Food Town, Food Lion and then it went away and became several things after that. Now the building is empty again. I dont think Thrifty Mart stayed around too long but not sure..anyone?

    Del

    18 Apr 09 at 8:39 pm

  18. Here's a few more places to see if you remember them, How about when the Post Office was on Gervais before Assembly? Or Penny's being downtown before moving to Columbia Mall, or The Varsity Restaraunt on N. Main, the Coca Cola plant on N. Main? How about Granby's on South Main St.? And what was the name of the place on Bush River that had ice cream and different things to get? It sat about where the old Sounds Familiar building and others sit, but I dont remember the name of it? Anyone?

    Del

    18 Apr 09 at 8:45 pm

  19. I wrote about that grocery on Bush River here. I think one of its incarnations was as Key Catalog Wholesalers, though not everybody agrees with that.

    Penny's downtown did not "move" to Columbia Mall. They opened a new store there -- the downtown store hung on into the 1980s in gradually worsening condition.

    ted

    18 Apr 09 at 10:46 pm

  20. This started out as Bruno's then it became Harris Teeter before Piggly Wiggly moved in then the Pig closed June 5, 2004

    The other one up the road closed summer 2001 as that is when Harris Teeter left SC

    am I the only one that would like to see Harris Teeter back in Columbia??

    Andrew

    18 Jul 10 at 5:01 pm

  21. Forgot to mention: Harris Teeter was eyeing getting out of the Columbia market as their stores were unprofitable here...so Piggly Wiggly bought this store and closed the one they had at St. Andrews and Jamil that is now a Display City (Which moved from Piney Grove & I-26)...the old Piney Grove spot is now a Green's beverage wearhouse

    Andrew

    18 Jul 10 at 5:04 pm

  22. @Andrew..I think that one near Piney Grove was a Winn-Dixie location.

    Jason

    18 Jul 10 at 7:04 pm

  23. Jason...the Piney Grove was a former Winn Dixie as I understand but that was before my memories...what I am saying is that Display center relocated from Piney Grove @ I-26 into the former Piggly Wiggly at St. Andrews & Jamil

    Andrew

    18 Jul 10 at 7:18 pm

  24. I think Thrifty Mart opened in 1969 or 1970...then a few years later became Food Town, and then they had to change their name to Food Lion..but dont remember what year. For some reason Columbia seems to be a "death sentence" for a lot of stores such as Winn Dixie, A&P, Colonial, Pharmore, Dairy Queen, Krystal Burgers, A&W Drive-In, etc... I think it's a "Columbia curse"...

    Del

    19 Jul 10 at 12:30 pm

  25. Hey Ted, the picture you have on this post doesn't match with 655 St. Andrews Road. This Pivotal Fitness location is located at 4350 St. Andrews Road. This was a Piggly Wiggly July 8, 2001-June 5, 2004 but the 655 St. Andrews Road location was at the intersection of St. Andrews & Jamil Roads and is currently a Display City (which moved from Piney Grove & I-26 and the place is now a Greens Beverage Warehouse).

    Andrew

    9 Mar 11 at 12:57 am

  26. D'Oh! -- Fixed.

    ted

    9 Mar 11 at 4:59 pm

  27. This was, indeed, store #102 when it was a Piggly Wiggly. What happened was the old 655 St. Andrews Road was #102 and when Piggly Wiggly bought the 4 Harris Teeter, they simply moved store #102 into this site until it closed in 2004.

    Andrew

    9 Mar 11 at 5:29 pm

  28. 102 it is..

    ted

    9 Mar 11 at 6:07 pm

  29. I worked at Piggly Wiggly 102 on St. Andrews Rd from 1984 to 1987, made another attempt at radio broadcasting down in Orangeburg in 1987/88, lost my job there, and went back to the pig for another year of torture until it just got to be too much. I worked (1989) in middle management where I was responsbilbe for supervising people who didn't want to do much work, teamed-up against me when I tried to get them to do what was needed, and then my supervisor(s) took my subordinate's sides when I was just trying to get the job done that my supervisor(s) told me had to be done. Sound confusing??? That was Piggly Wiggly for ya'. Plus, they thought that all I was made for was 3rd shift work at $6.50 an hour.

    Tom Seay

    30 Oct 11 at 10:56 am

  30. The only Harris Teeter I know of still in operation in South Carolina is the one located off of W. Palmetto St. at 5-points in Florence. It sits right outside of a rather afluent neighborhood, and does failry well.

    jim seay

    24 Nov 11 at 9:52 am

  31. There are also Harris Teeter locations in Rock Hill and Mt. Pleasant. A girl I spoke with who is from the Charlotte area interviewed with Harris Teeter in Charlotte and she was informed that Harris Teeter was planning to build in Columbia which I hope to see one day {fingers crossed}

    Andrew

    24 Nov 11 at 12:32 pm

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