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North Charleston City Council approves incentive for new Piggly Wiggly

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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

The North Charleston City Council approved a Resolution to pay Piggly Wiggly an incentive to put a grocery store in the south side of North Charleston at the Shipwatch Square.

That area has been without a grocery store for 12 years, and has been deemed a food desert, or a geological area that doesn’t have store that residents can walk to or easily access.

The incentive states it would “AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH LYNN WILLARD, LOWCOUNTRY GROCERS, LLC, D/B/A PIGGLY WIGGLY TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GROCERY STORE AT SHIPWATCH SQUARE”.

“We’ll give them $100 thousand a year for five years to eliminate their fears so that they can come in and give the community the grocery store they so dramatically need,” North Charleston Mayor Summey said.

The incentive would pay Piggly Wiggly a total of $500 thousand dollars over the five-year period to offset some of the costs and financial constraints, the Resolution states.

The incentive doesn’t guarantee a grocery store, but incentives do make a more appealing offer for a grocer to come to the area.

As of Thursday night Piggly Wiggly had signed a letter of intent with buyers. The developer is still in the due diligence phase and still has several months to close the deal.

Mayor Summey said this is the closest they’ve come to a grocery store going up in that area and said he’s confident moving forward.

“I’m 75% sure we’re in good shape right now,” Summey said.

The people who live in that part of town only have small markets to shop from, and the closest full-service grocery store is nearly two miles away.

With the hope that a Piggly Wiggly could be coming the people who need it most are hopeful.

“It’s gonna be real good for everybody around here,” a man who lives close to the site said.

“This is gonna be good for the area and I think it’s gonna be good for Piggly Wiggly as well,” Summey said.

Mayor Summey said if everything goes as planned there could be construction starting by the end of the year and a new grocery store up in 2018.

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