GREENSBORO — A supermarket chain that hasn’t operated around here in decades is making a return.

A Piggly Wiggly is planned for Freeman Mill Square Shopping Center.

“We’re going to submit the plans to the city and hopefully be open by this summer,” said Shezad Quamar, who owns the franchise for the store.

Quamar also owns the shopping center along with Shahzad Akbar. Quamar said they were struggling to get a grocer to anchor the shopping center so they decided to open their own store. They approached Piggly Wiggly about purchasing a franchise.

“We have enough experience in retail grocery that we were able to qualify,” Quamar said.

Piggly Wiggly is a chain of supermarkets operated in the Southeast and Midwest. They are known for their freshly cut meats.

It’s not the first time Piggy Wiggly has called Greensboro home, though it’s been many years. There are dozens of stores in North Carolina, mostly in the eastern and coastal area of the state. There are Piggly Wiggly stores in Siler City and Danville, Va.

The approximately 14,000-square-foot store will anchor the shopping center at the intersection of Freeman Mill Road and Florida Street.

Quamar and Akbar, Greensboro businessmen, purchased the condemned 51,960-square-foot shopping center in 2017 and began redevelopment. They envision a family-friendly shopping center in a neighborhood challenged by crime and poverty. The neighborhood is also one of Greensboro’s designated food deserts.

Quamar said other tenants are coming soon, including a pizza buffet, a seafood restaurant, a hair product store and a nail salon.

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