The Piggly Wiggly supermarket in Shelter Cove will close in "approximately two weeks," parent company Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. announced Monday night.
"The final date of operations remains subject to change, thus preventing a more definitive announcement,' said Christopher Ibsen, the company's director of corporate affairs.
The Shelter Cove store is the second of five Piggly Wigglys in Beaufort County whose closures have been announced recently. The store on Burnt Church Road in Bluffton will become a Bi-Lo by the end of the year, Bi-Lo announced Sept. 11. Bi-Lo bought that store and 21 other Piggly Wigglys in South Carolina and Georgia.
Three Piggly Wigglys will continue operating in Beaufort County, Ibsen said: at Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head Island, on Boundary Street in Beaufort, and at the Royal Oaks Shopping Center in Port Royal. Fifty-seven Piggly Wigglys -- some corporately owned and some independently owned -- will continue operating in South Carolina, Georgia and elsewhere in the Southeast.
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Ibsen did not address questions about what would replace the Shelter Cove Piggly Wiggly.
Several posts on Facebook suggested that Whole Foods Market, an upscale grocer that specializes in hard-to-find products and "food in its purest state," plans to move into the space, but that could not be confirmed Monday night. Whole Foods officials at the chain's headquarters in Austin, Texas, did not respond to phone inquiries.