November 22, 2013
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In a flurry of dedication and hard work, associates from BI-LO, Winn-Dixie and Piggly Wiggly stores have transformed 21 South Carolina and Georgia Piggly Wiggly stores to BI-LO stores in only five days.

The transformations were performed in two waves. The first 12 Piggly Wiggly stores were located in the Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. areas and were closed Nov. 2. All 12 re-opened as BI-LO stores Nov. 8. Another nine stores throughout coastal South Carolina were closed Nov. 9 and re-opened as BI-LO stores Nov. 15. An additional store, No. 5741 in Pawleys Island, S.C., is being closed longer for more extensive renovation work, said Bi-Lo Holdings Vice President of Strategic Business Development Randy Rambo.

During the closures more than 2,000 members of Bi-Lo Holdings reset teams, conversion teams, managers, directors, Piggly Wiggly associates and external vendors worked nearly 24 hours a day to strip the stores to bare shelves and clean them thoroughly. All Piggly Wiggly logos and signs, inside and outside the stores, were replaced with BI-LO signs and logos. All store systems were replaced with Bi-Lo Holdings point of sale and other store equipment, and store shelves were re-stocked with BI-LO inventory.

The rapid but complete transformations marked the culmination of weeks of planning.

“It has been quite a journey since we initially announced our intent to acquire these Piggly Wiggly stores, and we could not have come this far without the hard work of many of our Bi-Lo Holdings and Piggly Wiggly associates,” Rambo said.

Bi-Lo Holdings Lead Marketing Conversion Consultant Kim Jackson was one of many Bi-Lo Holdings representatives who were heavily involved in store transition activities in early November.

“It was definitely a massive undertaking,” Jackson said of the 21 store conversions. “It was a huge monumental shift of culture and processes.”

Jackson said a pivotal day in the store conversions was when she saw the pride that former Piggly Wiggly store associates showed as they arrived for work in their new BI-LO uniforms.

“To know you had a hand in converting 21 stores and the fact that they looked like almost new stores, was a humbling yet amazing feeling,” Jackson said.

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The old and new look of BI-LO No. 5749 in Ladson, S.C.

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New BI-LO associates at store No. 5751 in Charleston, S,C.

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