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Piggly Wiggly to become Supervalu when it reopens

Ken Watts | 6/21/2013, 6:17 a.m.

— The 40-year-old Candler Road Piggly Wiggly supermarket will have a new name when it completes its renovations on July 1.

Store operator Ken Hong said the store will be called DeKalb Supervalu Foods.

He said he signed with Supervalu on June 12 and removed the Piggly Wiggly logo on June 19. He said the new chain is more community-oriented and provides a high quality customer experience.

The store is undergoing a $120,000 upgrade in the wake of a monthlong demonstration by civil rights groups after customers complained about moldy produce, outdated foods and rundown conditions at the store.

Operation Lead and the DeKalb Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference picketed the store to pressure Hong to make improvements.

The upgrades include new meat and produce display cases, new shelving, improved refrigeration, and refurbished checkout area. Protest leaders John Evans and Nathan Knight called off the demonstration on May 30 after meeting with Hong.

Hong said Supervalu is helping with renovation costs.