City officials: Piggly Wiggly to open grocery store in Dora
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 15, 2011 | 4933 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A sign announces Piggly Wiggly will soon move to the former Food World grocery store in Dora. - Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
A sign announces Piggly Wiggly will soon move to the former Food World grocery store in Dora. - Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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DORA -- The old Food World building is getting a new tenant.

Local business owners Mark and Phillip Bozeman recently finalized a deal that will bring a Piggly Wiggly to the shopping center on Highway 78 in Dora.

Mayor Chris Edwards said Monday afternoon that he was "tickled to death" when he heard the news.

"It's going to fill a void and replace some lost revenue for us," Edwards said.

Edwards said the Food World, which closed in June 2009, represented approximately one fourth of the city's operating budget at one time.

Dora's employees have not had a raise in several years, and some have not been replaced upon termination or retirement.

"We've been working really tight. There were a lot of things that we wanted to do that we just couldn't," Edwards said.

However, Edwards said Dora residents now have a reason to look forward to the new year.

Piggly Wiggly is expected to open in the spring.

Edwards said city officials have been working with the Bozemans, who own a grocery store in downtown Sumiton, for nearly two years on a plan that would allow them to open in another area of the shopping center if the Food World location could not be secured.

However, he added that everyone's goal has long been to get a grocery store back in the most visible building of the shopping center.

"We don't have any doubt that we can get other businesses to come back to the shopping center. The Piggly Wiggly is going to be a drawing card," Edwards said.

Mark Bozeman and officials in Cordova have said they continue to work together to restore grocery service in that city.