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The Edisto News focuses on news and events of interest to the South Carolina Lowcountry, Edisto Island, Edisto Beach, Colleton and Charleston counties.


The Pig gets Sold,

Bi-lo moves in


JACKSONVILLE, FLA (PRESS RELEASE) - Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC ("Bi-Lo Holdings"), parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company, Inc. ("Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company") to acquire 22 Piggly Wiggly stores with approximately 1,200 store employees in South Carolina and coastal Georgia.  Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed in the press release. 

"We look forward to welcoming these new associates to the Bi-Lo Holdings family and to building on the strength of these stores," said Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. "We will continue to fine-tune our company and network of stores so that we can reinvest in what matters most for our customers … the freshest foods, the best deals and really connecting to their neighborhoods." 

"The departure of employees and stores from the Piggly Wiggly team will be acutely felt, but we know that Bi-Lo Holdings will benefit from these outstanding folks," said David Schools, president and CEO of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.  "We are glad that employees will have the opportunity to work for Bi-Lo Holdings, and guests will continue to be served by the familiar people who have been the backbone of these stores for years."  

The Piggly Wiggly stores that Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire include 16 in South Carolina and six in Georgia: 

  • 3386 Railroad Avenue, Bamberg, S.C.
  • 50 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton, S.C.
  • 445 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C.
  • 630 Skylark Drive, Charleston, S.C.
  • 136 South Main Street, Clover, S.C.
  • 4711-1 Forest Drive, Columbia, S.C.
  • 104 Jungle Road, Edisto Beach, S.C.
  • 3353 Highway 72/221 East, Greenwood, S.C.
  • 3575 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, S.C.
  • 9616 Highway 78, Ladson, S.C.
  • 760 Highway 378, Lexington, S.C. 
  • 4360 Augusta Road, Lexington, S.C.
  • 208 East McIntyre Street, Mullins, S.C.
  • 115 Willbrook Boulevard, Pawleys Island, S.C.
  • 518 North Wheeler Avenue, Prosperity, S.C.
  • 615 Harry C Raysor Drive South, St Matthews, S.C.
  • 1338 North Way, Darien, Ga.
  • 4415 Augusta Street, Garden City, Ga.
  • 312 South Main Street, Glennville, Ga.
  • 1042 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga.
  • 2142 East Victory Drive, Savannah, Ga.
  • 7360 Skidaway Road, Savannah, Ga. 

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  Upon completion of the transaction, the acquired stores will be rebranded under the BI-LO banner name.

Welcome to the Lowcountry of South Carolina!


Edisto Island is located 40 minutes South of Charleston South Carolina just off US Highway 17. The country road that leads to Edisto Beach is lined with century old Live Oak trees draped with beautiful Spanish Moss. Along the way are produce stands and farms. The vistas of tidal creeks and marshes makes the drive relaxing and thoughtful. Watch for the Bald Eagles and Ospreys that frequent the rivers and streams, they glide gracefully over the pristine landscape.

Council continues to push the water project


Town Councilman Tommy Mann continues in his efforts to over-ride the recently defeated referendum by placing the reverse osmosis system project on the Town Council meeting agenda again. This month in the council workshop he completely ignored the results of the referendum and proposed that the town look at other companies and their qualifications to build the RO system cheaper. He repeatedly stated that it would not cost the town to have companies submit their ability to build a water system for the town.  

His Honor the Mayor stated in the beginning of the discussion that this topic was for discussion only.  Mann, as is his way, immediately took over the discussion and repeatedly said it would not cost the town to get qualifications from several companies. Apparently, his intent is to keep the project alive by bringing it back up every month.

Town Administrator Iris Hill spoke up and corrected Councilman Mann. Hill told council that the town employees were not qualified to write a “request for qualifications” and would indeed have to hire an engineer to write the request. There was no indication from council or the administrator of how much that would cost would be. However, a phone call to an acquaintance at General Engineering Laboratory of Charleston got a rough estimate of $180 to $300 per hour for an engineer to review all available documents and write the proposal. Based on our extended conversation and the amount of documents sent to her on line, her assessment was that it would take at least three weeks to produce a workable request for potential companies. On the low end $20,000 just to have someone create a document that is a request for several companies to submit their ability to build an RO system for the town.

The recent URS 169 page study cost the town $60.000. Aecom, which met with council and the water committee last month said to do 30% of a design/build analysis that would get hard figures on construction would cost around $40,000. At some point we will arrive at a point were with the money spent on studies we could have built the system.

When asked specifically if the town council was ignoring the recent referendum, no one on council responded to the direct question. Anderson and Mann continued to reiterate that something had to be done about the water to the cheers of the self-anointed “Queen of Edisto.” She constantly interrupted and abruptly yelled her support for Mann during the discussion. Both they and Hutto appeared to be leaning toward running roughshod over their constituents vote and proceeding with the construction. They were reminded that even AECOM suggested a $7 million dollar price tag for a system and that incremental construct could be more expensive. Mann complained that it had to be done all at once because incremental building of the system might result in wasted expenditures such as useless wells. Tom Anderson of AECOM stated in the meeting last month that any source of water could feed the RO system and that shallower wells could serve as well as the URS proposed $2.1 million deeper well.

Stay tuned my friends! This issue is not going away.