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Piggly Wiggly selling 29 stores in SC, GA

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A Lowcountry Piggly Wiggly store. (Source: WCSC-TV) A Lowcountry Piggly Wiggly store. (Source: WCSC-TV)

Piggly Wiggly is slimming down.

The family-owned Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. based in Charleston has announced it is selling 29 of its stores in South Carolina and Georgia. Twenty-three are in South Carolina.

Twenty-two stores are being sold to Bi-Lo and the rest to Harris Teeter. Officials say none of the stores are expected to close.

Eleven of the stores are in the Charleston area where the chain is based. That will leave the company with about 10 in the Charleston area.

The only Upstate Piggly Wiggly making the change is in Greenwood on Highway 72/221 East and it will be converted into a Bi-Lo. The company said current employees will have job opportunities with the new stores.

The company did not disclose sales prices.

It said that increasing competition in the grocery business was among the reasons for the sale.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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