Birmingham, Ala. — Its formative years have been full of challenge, but Southern Family Markets is now hoping to piggyback its way to success. “We started out with 88 stores and now we're down to 42. But this is what we consider a solid core group that we can move forward on,” Jeff Burkhead, senior vice president and general manager of the chain, told SN in an interview last week. All but 16 of those locations have or will be converted to the Piggly Wiggly banner, said Burkhead, who took ...

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