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The Piglet OpensOriental Piggly Wiggly: Views, Day 1
July 29, 2016
Four words many residents of Oriental waited a half a year to say.
The. Piglet. Is. Open.Billy Flockhart cuts the ribbon Wednesday, July 27, and opens his – and Oriental’s – Piggly Wiggly. It is also known as The Piglet as it is smaller than his other Pig’ in Grantsboro. The opening ended a half year in which the town had no supermarket after the January closing of the WalMart Express in that building (and months before that, the shuttering of the indy grocer, Town-n-Country.)One of assistant store manager Lisa Lewis’ duties – readying Mr. Pig for his appearance before the ribbon cutting.Some customers lined up three hours before the grand opening. Umbrellas helped.Mr. Pig braved the heat for some dancing. Under the awning, customers lined up for several hours. In the foreground, the TownDock Video Division, which streamed the proceedings live.Dancing while waiting for the doors to open.Before the ribbon cutting, Billy Flockhart thanked a long list of people whose efforts helped get the Piglet opened, among them Doug Sligh (in light shirt) of the Oriental Food Initiative. Doug had lobbied WalMart to let Billy buy the single building rather than its usual practice of selling its vacated stores in groups.
Inside the store in its first few hours – just ahead.
Posted Friday July 29, 2016 by Melinda Penkava
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