Hartford Piggly Wiggly could employ up to 80
Store operators have won awards for management, customer service

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Sept. 1, 2014

 Contractors and employees of Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly Inc. Friday inspect the building that will serve as the home of a new Piggly Wiggly supermarket in Hartford. The store will be located in the former Rueben's County Market location in Hilldale Plaza at 1566 E. Sumner St. Extensive remodeling of the building is to begin soon. 
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News


HARTFORD — The new Piggly Wiggly Supermarket set to tentatively open in December, could employ as many as 80 people.

Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly Inc. plans to open the supermarket in Hilldale Plaza at the former Rueben’s County Market, which went out of business in July.

“After we’re up and running we could have as many 80 full and part-time employees working here,” company President Pat Fox said. “We’re anxious to get the work done so we can open. This is exciting.”
 

 Friday, Fox Bros. President Pat Fox met with contractors and some of his company's employees at the Hartford location to discuss plans for renovating the space. Discussing the work, from left to right, Michael Rea of Piggly Wiggly Corp.; contractor Kevin King; Pat Fox; and Walt Lautner,
a Fox Bros. employee.  
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News

Fox met inside the store Friday with contractors and company employees to inspect the interior and see what work needed to be done to give the store a fresh appearance.

“When people walk into the new store they are going to see a very friendly environment,” Fox said. “We are going to be changing out most of the refrigeration units and the check out area and doing other extensive remodeling.”

Fox said the public will also see something different from the outside.

“We’ve heard from many people that they had difficulty finding where this building is located. It’s set behind some other businesses that are along the street,” Fox said. “We talked to the company leasing us this space and they’ve agreed to change the signage along Sumner Street so people will be able to see better from the street where we’re located.”


Fox said he and the company are excited to bring the store to Hartford.

“Our customers are going to love the values in our weekly ad flyer along with the highest quality meat and produce available,” Fox said. “We pride ourselves on having the best customer service possible and to be involved in the community as a good business partner.”
 

 Empty checkout lanes and shelves greet anyone who visits the inside of the former
Rueben's County Market in Hartford.  
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News

Fox Bros. has been operating Piggly Wiggly stores since 1988. They’ve received numerous awards for their stores’ customer service and management.

Fox said the Hartford Piggly Wiggly will offer the same amenities that Piggly Wiggly’s throughout Wisconsin offer, including Pampered to Perfection Produce, an in-store bakery, a full-service deli department and a fresh meat department with a wide variety of fresh and frozen seafood.

“Our company’s mission statement says it all,” Fox said. “We want to provide the best possible service, the highest quality products and with fair prices.”

 The former home of Rueben's County Market, as it looked Friday in Hartford. The building will see extensive remodeling before a Piggly Wiggly supermarket is opened there in December by
Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly Inc.  
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News

Hartford Mayor Joe Dautermann also expressed excitement at a recent Common Council meeting when he announced Piggly Wiggly’s commitment to opening in the city.

“They’re local people who have a great track record,” he said. “They also have a very strong commitment to the communities they are located in. I think it’s a very good fit for everyone. All their other locations are great for their communities.”

This will be the company’s seventh Piggly Wiggly store. Fox Bros. owns and operates stores in Hartland, Oconomowoc, Slinger, Hubertus, Jackson and Saukville.

Piggly Wiggly Midwest supplies 107 Piggly Wiggly supermarkets in the greater Wisconsin and northern Illinois areas, 10 Butera Market stores and two EuroFresh stores in the Chicago area.

>>RELATED STORY: Rueben’s County Market closing in Hartford