IGA grocery to open in Barnwell

Residents on the east side of town will now have a grocery store of their own.

Dale Fennell, the owner, will open his new IGA store on March 2 at 7 a.m.

The building formerly housed the Piggly Wiggly grocery store but has sat empty for nearly two and one-half years, Fennell said.

The building has been remodeled including a fresh coat of paint, new ceiling and light fixtures and even some wall changes.

The IGA will be a full service store, Fennell said.

"It's going to be a customer service-oriented store. If you want your groceries taken to your car and put in, that's what we will do," he said.

The store will feature local produce in season and meat cut daily, he said.

The benefit to his store, as Fennell sees it, "IGA does not require cards."

Fennell is referring to the store saving cards some places offer.

Fennell expects his store's prices to be "very competitive" to other stores in the area on everyday items across the board. Fennell chose the location to establish his second store because of it's vicinity to the downtown area and because there was no store on that side of town, he said.

He hopes to make it convenient for those who have been without a grocery store for several years.
Fennell has also owned a store in Bowman for nearly two years, he said.

The new Barnwell store is employing 60 people currently. Applications are still being taken but there are no openings right now, he said.

In addition to regular grocery items, Fennell said his store will carry some feeds, like chicken scratch and some other basic animal feeds.

If a customer can not find an item they need, Fennell said his staff will do their best to try and get the item.

The store will operate Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The store can be reached at (803) 259-7800. Barry Craig is the store manager.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 9 a.m. March 2.