With the announcement of its purchase of a former Dominick’s, Piggly Wiggly is continuing to expand its brand in the Chicago market.


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Crain’s Chicago Business reported Friday that Elgin, Ill.-based Butera Foods has struck a deal to purchase the store located in north suburban Buffalo Grove, and will convert it into a Piggly Wiggly.

The company also operates nine local groceries under the Butera Market name.

Piggly Wiggly was once a familiar name among local supermarkets but it virtually disappeared in the 1990s when the company closed stores, opting to concentrate on its Wisconsin market.

The purchase of the 62,000-square-foot building is part of a larger plan to bring Piggly Wiggly back as a Chicago retailer, said Crain’s Chicago Business. In 2013, the Butera family, owners of Piggly Wiggly, purchased the three-store  Wisted’s Supermarket chain, of Marengo, Ill., converting all into Piggly Wiggly stores. There are three other Illinois Piggly Wiggly stores with two more under construction.

Dominick’s closed at the end of 2013 after parent company Safeway announced it was pulling out of the Chicago market. Purchasing some of the 72 stores available have been Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Whole Food Markets and local independent grocers.

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