‘The Pig’ coming to Hartford
Piggly Wiggly will take spot vacated by Rueben’s County Market

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

August 27, 2014

HARTFORD — A light agenda didn’t prevent big news from being heard at Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting.

Just before adjourning the meeting, Mayor Joe Dautermann announced Pat Fox, who operates grocery stores in the area, told him a Piggly Wiggly grocery store will open at the former Rueben’s County Market. The County Market, in Hilldale Plaza at 1566 E. Sumner St., went out of business in July putting about 25 people out of work.

Fox Brothers operates a Piggly Wiggly store in Slinger. Dautermann said Fox told him he hopes to open the new Hartford store sometime in early to mid-December.

“This is great for the community,” Dautermann said. “Their businesses have a proven track record of success and they are local businessmen, too.”

Council President Tim Michalak said a Piggly Wiggly store in the city will provide area residents with another option for their shopping.

“Each one of the existing stores has one area they specialize in,” Michalak said. “I hope they bring in a deli. We could really use a deli here.”

Dautermann and Michalak said they had been hearing some grumbling in the community before Tuesday night’s announcement from some people who felt the city was not working hard enough on trying to fill the vacant County Market space.

“We’ve been working quietly behind the scenes,” Dautermann said. “Now those people can be satisfied by this announcement I hope.”
 
Dautermann said Fox told him he expects to make a formal announcement of the news and send out a news release within the next few days.

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