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Piggly Wiggly to become Farmer’s Market Place

The Piggly Wiggly AtkinsCenter streets Grayslake is scheduled close Nov. 3 after new lease with building's property owner could not

The Piggly Wiggly at Atkinson and Center streets in Grayslake is scheduled to close Nov. 3 after a new lease with the building's property owner could not be reached. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 12, 2013 1:50AM

The Grayslake Piggly Wiggly store, which is scheduled to close Dec. 15, will be turned into a new supermarket, Farmer’s Market Place, it was announced Monday.

Piggly Wiggly Midwest officials said they have reached an agreement with Farmer’s Market Place to become their primary wholesaler for the new supermarket at Center Street and Atkinson Road.

Once The Pig closes, store remodeling will begin immediately with the new Farmer’s Market Place expected to open by April 1, 2013, officials said.

“We are excited to bring Farmer’s Market Place to Grayslake,” Vicky Kouantas, store owner and operator, said. “We are confident that we can provide the residents of Grayslake with a superior grocery shopping experience by offering first-quality produce, meats, deli, dairy, bakery, imported and domestic grocery items, and we’re hoping to quickly establish ourselves as Grayslake’s premier full-service grocery store. In addition to offering a great assortment of grocery items, we will provide our guests with personable service in a clean and warm environment.”

Farmer’s Market Place will have an expanded product line full of international products. The new store will be doubling the size of its produce department, have an in-store bakery, a full-service deli department, a fresh meat and seafood department, along with a full liquor department.

“We are pleased to be the primary wholesaler which will give the store the buying power that is necessary in today’s environment,” said Paul Butera, Piggly Wiggly Midwest chairman. “Customers will continue to receive aggressive weekly advertised specials along with the value offered in our store brand products.”

Piggly Wiggly Midwest, headquartered in Sheboygan, Wis., supplies 101 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets in the greater Wisconsin and northern Illinois areas, as well as nine Butera Market stores and two Euro Fresh stores in the Chicago area.

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