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Grayslake Piggly Wiggly Closing Saturday

Say good-bye to the Pig. Doors close 6 p.m. Saturday.

Most of the shelves are bare. The coolers are empty. The deli is dark.

The Grayslake Piggly Wiggly is all but out of business.

Tomorrow is the final day of operations. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There's not a whole lot left to choose from — jars of pasta sauce, canned fruits and veggies, cereals, kitchen gadgets, some toiletries and over-the-counter medications — but most of what is left is being sold at a 15 percent discount.

Some inventory was already transferred to Piggly Wiggly stores in Antioch and Zion.

Owner David Karczewski announced in August that his third store at 815 Center St. in Grayslake would go out of business due to failed negotiations with the building's landlord/owner, Vicky Kouantas, who plans to open her own store.

Farmer's Market Place is expected to open in April 2013. Piggly Wiggly will be the store's primary wholesaler for a variety of food and other items, but the fresh fruits and vegetables will be purchased from Chicagoland produce markets. In fact, the new store's produce department will be twice the size of the Piggly Wiggly.

Paul Butera, Piggly Wiggly Midwest chairman stated they are pleased with the new arrangement as wholesaler. “Customers will continue to receive aggressive weekly advertised specials along with the value offered in our store brand products.”

The closing of the Piggly Wiggly will affect roughly 40 full and part-time employees. A reported eight workers have been hired for Karczewski's other locations.

Grayslake Piggly Wiggly to be Farmer's Market Place

Will you miss the Pig? Tell us in the comments.

Marcia Patience December 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Absolutely will miss this store and all the friendly and helpful people who have worked there. I've been going to this store for years. I will be making the drive to Antioch to continue supporting! It's a huge loss to our community....best of luck to David, and all his other locations!
Angela Sykora December 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
They had the best fried chicken of anywhere, and I would call them up and ask for a special order and they would always fry me up whatever I wanted and have it waiting for me to pick up. Very nice people. I truly hope all of the staff can find new employment, though I know first-hand how difficult that can be. Best of luck to everyone and thank you!
Brad Faxton December 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
"most of what is left is being sold at a 15 percent discount." If you want the stuff out of there, don't give a silly 15% discount. Let is be 50%.
Doug Daluga December 15, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Brad, you don't need to comment on everything. This one is just dickish.

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