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Piggly Wiggly, 7410 Garners Ferry Road (Garners Ferry Plaza): 8 July 2001   36 comments

Posted at 1:54 am in historic,stores

Lately the thing to do rather than remodeling an aging store is to simply build a bigger one right next door and move shop.

That's what happened to this Piggly Wiggly on Garners Ferry Road. The trouble with that, although it gives me something to take pictures of, is that it leaves behind a dead or dying strip mall as seems to be the case with "Garners Ferry Plaza". On the other hand, I would in general rather shop in a store like the new one (seen across the street in the last photo) than in a run-down store, and building a new store avoids a lengthy period of remodeling which can drive away customers. A remodeling store, even one open for business is like a road with ongoing construction -- you know you could get through, but you'd rather plan another route and avoid the hassle.

UPDATE 3 March 2010 -- some sort of work is being done on the old Pig and plaza:

UPDATE 9 March 2011: Updated closing date based on the comments (and added full street address).

UPDATE 16 July 2013 -- Garners Ferry Plaza has ben renovated now, including the former Pig site:

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Also, The Pig is closing at its new location.

Written by ted on May 28th, 2008

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  1. Ah, yes. The Wal-Mart/Lowes disease. They seem to be following the master plan on Garners Ferry Road. I would love to find out why the Piggly Wiggly closed on Lake Murray Blvd. Any ideas?

    Jonathan

    28 May 08 at 7:55 am

  2. Haven't been out there in years. It might be a case like the Threnholm Park pig -- too small and old a building too near a new, big pig..

    ted

    28 May 08 at 12:19 pm

  3. The Lake Murray Blvd. location closed because it was not drawing enough customers. With a new Wal-Mart set to open just a few miles away, the company decided to cut their lossess and get while the going was good.

    Tom

    28 May 08 at 10:05 pm

  4. Thanks, Tom. I've never been a fan of the Pig, but that's besides the point. I really wanted The Fresh Market to move there, but after I called out to Trenholm, I was told it would not happen. They would do well in that location. The demographic has changed much in the St. Andrews/Irmo area since their failed attempt to stay in the Cloisters of Whitehall.

    Jonathan

    29 May 08 at 1:34 pm

  5. Let's not forget the building occupied by Piggly Wiggly on Garner's Ferry Rd. use to be a Harris Teeter.

    Heidi

    13 Jun 08 at 1:27 pm

  6. Before Harris Teeter it was originaly built as a Bruno's,achain from Alabama. They pulled out of Columbia and Harris Teeter moved in.

    gary

    16 Jun 08 at 7:30 am

  7. Also the original Pig on this side of town(near the St Andrews Rd- I-26 intersection) was closed a few years ago. The last time i noticed there was a home appliance store in there. Cant remember the name of it.

    When that Pig closed, they moved to the site across from Allied Chemical/Allied Signal/Honeywell/Shaw plant. That location was built to be a Foodmax, and was made a Bruno's when most of the Foodmax corporate leadership team was killed in a plane crash. After a while as a Bruno's it also became a Harris Teeter, then was the Pig.

    Now i think its a exercise equipment store. Or at least it was....now im thinking it is vacant again.

    LOL i found this site a week ago and now every time i drive around i see closed places and i think "Hey i need to go post this on that site"

    You should have some sort of a disclaimer how addictive this site is!!!

    Jeff

    24 Aug 08 at 10:55 am

  8. Jeff - the "Piggly Wiggly of Saint Andrews, you're the talk of the town" (remember the musical ads featuring the guy in a tuxedo dancing with a woman in an evening gown?) store is now The Display Center, which I highly recommend for your next home appliance.

    Dennis

    24 Aug 08 at 2:12 pm

  9. I dont remember that ad.

    I do remember the Pig ad that had a lady pull something off a shelf and the camera was inside the shelf so it looked like she was talking to someone hidden inside the shelf on tv. I dont really remember what they talked about.

    I remember that ad because i was in the background, stacking cucumbers in the produce section. Yes they filmed a Piggly Wiggly ad in the Harbison BiLo. I stacked and restacked cucumbers for 2 hours that day.

    Just a little trivia for you :D

    Jeff

    24 Aug 08 at 6:42 pm

  10. I believe it's an Aaron's now, i remember shopping in that pig

    Aliina

    4 Feb 11 at 10:24 pm

  11. Aliina, yes Aaron's is open in a portion of this former Piggly Wiggly and a renovation of some sort to this shopping center called Garners Ferry Plaza.

    Piggly Wiggly purchased Harris Teeter's Columbia locations in 2001. Harris Teeter had a location across the street and so Piggly Wiggly just moved into that one. One of my aunts has a beach house in Wilimgton, NC with a Harris Teeter up there that I enjoy shopping when we visit them there. I'd love to see the day that Harris Teeter is back in Columbia.

    Andrew

    4 Feb 11 at 10:48 pm

  12. Ok here is the Loopnet listing on Garners Ferry Plaza...

    Andrew

    4 Feb 11 at 11:42 pm

  13. pls read below (from The State archives:

    SAY GOODBYE, SAY HELLO -- GROCER CLOSING 2 STORES
    MAURICE THOMAS, Staff Writer
    Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Inc. will close two of its older stores that are near Harris Teeter stores the Piggly Wiggly chain bought last week.

    The Piggly Wigglys at 7410 Garners Ferry Road and 655 St. Andrews Road will close Sunday. On St. Andrews Road the Piggly Wiggly and Harris Teeter stores are a few miles apart, but on Garners Ferry Road they sit across the street from each other.

    Piggly Wiggly Carolina, based in Charleston, purchased four Harris Teeter Stores last week that it...

    Published on 2001-07-03, Page B6, State, The (Columbia, SC)

    Harris Teeter pulled out of Columbia in 2001. Piggly Wiggly bought them from Harris Teeter. When they did, their stores at 655 St. Andrews Road and this one at Garners Ferry Road closed.

    I miss having Harris Teeter here as did my grandmother and one of her dear friends (both of whom are passed on now) but fortunately for me, one of my aunts is married into a family that has a beach house in Wilmington, NC that has a Harris Teeter there that I can enjoy shopping when we go there (it's a part of going up there). I would love to see Harris Teeter come back but it seems unlikely at this point :(.

    My brother used to work at the Forest Park Piggly Wiggly and he told me that unfortunately, that was the only one of the 4 former Harris Teeter locations in Columbia that was profitable.

    Of the 4 Harris Teeter locations the pig bought, they closed two of them ca. 2004: 4350 St. Andrews Road (now Pivotal Fitness) and 9710 Two Notch Rd (still vacant...it's near the former Stein Mart turn Roundabouts Consignments).

    btw this shopping center already has an Aaron's and will be getting a Family Dollar soon. There is still space that could very well land some new tenants but stay tuned for updates as details become available in the newly renovated shopping center.

    Andrew

    8 Mar 11 at 7:00 pm

  14. pls read below (from The State archives:

    SAY GOODBYE, SAY HELLO — GROCER CLOSING 2 STORES
    MAURICE THOMAS, Staff Writer
    Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. Inc. will close two of its older stores that are near Harris Teeter stores the Piggly Wiggly chain bought last week.

    The Piggly Wigglys at 7410 Garners Ferry Road and 655 St. Andrews Road will close Sunday. On St. Andrews Road the Piggly Wiggly and Harris Teeter stores are a few miles apart, but on Garners Ferry Road they sit across the street from each other.

    Piggly Wiggly Carolina, based in Charleston, purchased four Harris Teeter Stores last week that it…

    Published on 2001-07-03, Page B6, State, The (Columbia, SC)

    Harris Teeter pulled out of Columbia in 2001. Piggly Wiggly bought them from Harris Teeter. When they did, their stores at 655 St. Andrews Road and this one at Garners Ferry Road closed.

    I miss having Harris Teeter here as did my grandmother and one of her dear friends (both of whom are passed on now) but fortunately for me, one of my aunts is married into a family that has a beach house in Wilmington, NC that has a Harris Teeter there that I can enjoy shopping when we go there (it’s a part of going up there). I would love to see Harris Teeter come back but it seems unlikely at this point :(.

    My brother used to work at the Forest Park Piggly Wiggly and he told me that unfortunately, that was the only one of the 4 former Harris Teeter locations in Columbia that was profitable.

    Of the 4 Harris Teeter locations the pig bought, they closed two of them ca. 2004: 4350 St. Andrews Road (now Pivotal Fitness) and 9710 Two Notch Rd (still vacant…it’s near the former Stein Mart turn Roundabouts Consignments).

    btw this shopping center already has an Aaron’s and will be getting a Family Dollar soon. There is still space that could very well land some new tenants but stay tuned for updates as details become available in the newly renovated shopping center.

    EDIT: trying blockquote feature

    Andrew

    8 Mar 11 at 7:46 pm

  15. That makes the closing date 8 July 2001 then -- I'll update both stores.

    ted

    9 Mar 11 at 12:20 am

  16. Just thought I would let you know the Family Dollar sign is up now and it look nice! I am thinking that this will mean that the Family Dollar across the street will close and move here or will ther be two that close? I figure the church that occupies most of the buildings around the current Family Dollar wants all of those buidings and thought it stange that the Family Dollar was still there with the church. I am looking forward to the new store as it seems like it might be bigger!! :o)

    Mrs. SK

    11 Mar 11 at 10:43 pm

  17. Family Dollar??

    Man that's fancy!

    I'm stickin with Fred's, Big Lots and the Sav-A-Lot. Dollar General is about as fancy as I get.

    Dave

    12 Mar 11 at 3:13 pm

  18. This Piggly Wiggly was built after closing the one in Cedar Terrace, both were superbly managed by Roy Harman. Some may remember Roy on the store intercom saying "need all the boys in the front!".

    James

    24 Dec 11 at 10:25 pm

  19. James saying that this particular Piggly Wiggly once being at Cedar Terrace makes me wonder if it was where Freds was for a while...

    I also read through the comments prior to typing this and find myself wondering the following:

    1) Ted said he'd update the closing date on 'both stores' referencing this one and one that used to be at 655 St. Andrews Road but I haven't seen the original Piggly Wiggly #102 at 655 St. Andrews Road that is now home to Display Center (or at least it isn't in the Alphabetical closings tab)

    2) Ted mentioned that Trenholm Park had a Pig at one point but I am not sure I know where Trenholm Park is located

    also there is reference to the fact that the former Piggly Wiggly #102 at 4350 St. Andrews Road was a fitness store and I can say that it continues on as Pivotal Fitness

    Andrew

    25 Dec 11 at 1:08 am

  20. Yeah, I still haven't done it.

    But the Trenholm Park pig is here.

    ted

    25 Dec 11 at 2:29 am

  21. Piggly Wiggly on Garners Ferry Road will be closing July 20,2013

    Karen

    22 Jun 13 at 3:16 am

  22. The irony of Karen indicating that Piggly Wiggly at 7451 Garners Ferry Road closing is this: Harris Teeter had 4 locations in Columbia. Piggly Wiggly bought them in 2001. Apparently the Forest Park store was the only profitable location. Their locations at 4350 St. Andrews Road and 9710 Two Notch Road closed in 2004. Now this one is going...

    A former Piggly Wiggly employee said on the posting here chronicling the closure of the former Irmo location (800 Lake Murray Blvd.) that Piggly Wiggly is a dying grocery chain (which has stuck with me since) and this doesn't do anything to refute that idea.

    I made it in 7451 Garners Ferry Road last summer and it looked like I remember 4350 St. Andrews Road looking like...

    Andrew

    22 Jun 13 at 3:29 pm

  23. I can believe this store is closing, if for nothing else, their prices. I live within 5 to 10 minutes of a Bi-Lo, a Food Lion and this Piggly Wiggly. I have shopped there in the past, however it has been a while. On a good day they may have only 2 to 3 items, that I purchase, that beat Bi-Lo's prices. Even when comparing their sale prices in the newspaper fliers, their sale prices only match Bi-Lo's or Food Lion's regular prices. The Pig has not found a niche like Publix or Whole Foods, and the store is dated, they can't charge the same prices as Publix and WF stores and expect to compete. Just a humble observation.

    Rick

    24 Jun 13 at 1:09 pm

  24. In talking with a couple of folks there, the landlord was charging $40K/month for that location. They wanted to raise the rent and make the lease for 20 years. An untenable arrangement.

    Yeah, there's a large number of competitors in this region (Especially for a guy like me from Pittsburgh. A city that seems to be largely served only by Giant Eagle) and personally, I went there only for a few items, but they seemed to have good weekend and evening rush-hour traffic.

    Still, I hate to see them go. I doubt that anything of interest will be moving into that spot.

    MrBO

    7 Jul 13 at 9:48 am

  25. Andrew, I just read your post from several months ago and yes, the Pig was in the Fred's location at Cedar Terrace Shopping Center during the '60s and 70s. It did a thriving business and moved a few blocks further away from town into a new building during the '80s if I remember correctly.

    MrBO, why do you think nothing of interest will move into the vacant building?

    Terry

    7 Jul 13 at 4:41 pm

  26. Just general depression. Its one of the few grocery stores where I actually had good conversations with the checkout folks. I really hate to see them go.

    Also I'm sort of using what sprang up in place of the old Wal Mart location in the strip mall next door as a guide. While I've walked into the salvage store a couple of times, I hardly ever find myself in that parking lot any more.

    Now if Firehouse subs finds a way of opening a location near there, they'll have me hooked!

    MrBO

    12 Jul 13 at 9:44 am

  27. ... or as a further thought, a Publix would be nice, but I don't think the area could support it.

    MrBO

    12 Jul 13 at 9:45 am

  28. After Cedar Terrace I think it was beside the post office behind Rush's on Garners Ferry until sometime in the early 90's and then moved to the location that just closed. Too bad about the closing. I liked that store.

    A

    12 Jul 13 at 2:24 pm

  29. Yes, this page is actually about the location by Rush's and the Post Office...

    ted

    12 Jul 13 at 5:18 pm

  30. Following a downtown appointment today, I made it to Piggly Wiggly #97 at 7451 Garners Ferry Road today and noticed that the store was app 70-85% sold out. There were some groceries left but it seemed like they were random clusters of items that hadn't solld yet...there are also plenty of hygiene items available for sale as well...Several fixtures had signage indicating they were going to other Piggly Wiggly stores

    It felt sad to me...

    I was reminded for the Piggly Wiggly #102 that was at 4350 St. Andrews Road that was originally Harris Teeter #187 in terms of how the store appeared. There are several similarities in terms of how the stores were and their background, etc.

    If Harris Teeter/Kroger goes through I think that lessens the chances of Harris Teeter returning to the Columbia market (much as I'd like to see them back).

    Andrew

    16 Jul 13 at 5:43 pm

  31. At the other end of this strip mall, long before this building was built, stood an A&P.

    tonkatoy

    11 Dec 13 at 10:32 am

  32. tonkatoy, I remmeber when the A&P was built. I lived about one block away. I was around 8 to 10 years old and I remember when the post office was built. Some of the kids in my neighborhood and I would ride our bikes to the shopping center while it was being built, Must have been on the weekends, and we would go inside the buildings, which were still under construction and play.

    Rick

    11 Dec 13 at 12:39 pm

  33. The spelling in my last post... trying to talk on the phone and type at the same time and not proof reading.

    Rick

    11 Dec 13 at 12:41 pm

  34. Rick, then you probably know the Faulkners, who I bought my 79 Civic from back in the mid eighties. Didn't know them except for that transaction.

    Also, remember the scrunched nose bug (I think it was white)owned by someone who worked there?

    tonkatoy

    12 Dec 13 at 7:39 am

  35. Oops...Faukenberrys, not Faulkners.

    tonkatoy

    12 Dec 13 at 7:40 am

  36. Tonkatoy, I do remember. I went to school with a Mark Faukenberry, he was one of the guys we ran with. Has to be the same family, I mean, how many Faukenberrys could there be in Columbia, and on that side of town.

    Rick

    12 Dec 13 at 12:28 pm

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