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Crestline Piggly Wiggly ending 30-year run in Mountain Brook, set to close Nov. 30

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The Crestline Piggly Wiggly will close its doors Nov. 30 after 30 years of business in the Mountain Brook community. (abc3340.com) The Crestline Piggly Wiggly will close its doors Nov. 30 after 30 years of business in the Mountain Brook community. (abc3340.com)

The longtime grocery staple in Mountain Brook's Crestline Shopping Center is being forced to close in November.

Andy Virciglio, a co-owner of the Crestline Piggly Wiggly at 93 Euclid Avenue, told ABC 33/40 reporter Haley Westbrook that the store will close for good when its lease ends Nov. 30. Prior to today's announcement, Virciglio had been in talks with the landlord, Walter Scott, regarding a new lease agreement and he says despite agreeing to a rent increase, the store is being forced out of the space to make room for a new tenant.

"We did our best to make this work," Virciglio said in a statement. "We tried and tried to work out our lease agreement.  We agreed to the landlord's fair market rent increases.  We have been good tenants in the space for 30 years, but the landlord chose to go another route with another tenant and unfortunately we cannot do anything about that."

In June, supporters rallied behind their favorite grocery store at a meeting to discuss lease negotiations and possible replacements. A drug store is rumored to be in the hunt for the soon-to-be vacated prime real estate in Birmingham's most affluent suburb.

"Folks will not support a drug store on this lot," a Piggly Wiggly supporter told ABC 33/40 earlier this year.

A supporter of the Crestline Piggly Wiggly at a meeting in June regarding the store's possible closing and lease negotiations. (abc3340.com)

Virciglio said he will begin informing his employees of the unfortunate news today.

"We do not know who will be moving into this space, but we do know our current lease calls for us to be out by the end of November, so we will begin that process effective now," Virciglio said. "I will begin talking with employees today." 

With the help of his son, Austin, Virciglio said he plans to continue operations at the Piggly Wiggly locations in Homewood and River Run with the same attitude and business model handed down to him by his father, Stanley Virciglio.

"Three generations of our family are involved in operating this store, and many of you know us by name," he said. "I have learned much from my father and the 'Stanley Virciglio Way:' Treat customers, employees, vendors and everyone with respect and appreciation."

Virciglio said he will miss the Crestline community, one he described as a consistent supporter of local fundraisers in activities.

"For 30 years, the Crestline Piggly Wiggly has been a consistent supporter of community-based fund raisers and activities. We will miss that in Crestline, but our Homewood and River Run stores will maintain that Piggly Wiggly community involvement. And, especially we appreciate the outpouring of love and support this community has provided the store, each and every day."

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