The Forsyth Piggly Wiggly is closing its doors.

“It’s just not working,” said district manager Carl Whitaker. “This town isn’t big enough for three grocery stores.”

Whitaker said they’ll close all day on Sunday, June 30 to prepare for a large clearance sale in the store’s final days before closing for good on July 4.

The store’s owner, Jackson-based Jones Petroleum, will continue to operate its gas station and Dunkin’ Donuts. The grocery store had been a Freshway Market until last August when it re-branded as a Piggly Wiggly store. They added a deli and more recently certified angus beef in the meat department.

However, competing against the big national brands of Walmart and Ingles was just too much to overcome.

Whitaker did say that they’re discussing perhaps re-opening a business in that location with a different emphasis, perhaps on meat, to try to find an untapped market in Forsyth.

Whitaker told his about 20 employees the news on Friday. Some employees will be kept on at Jones Petroleum’s other existing businesses.

See Piggly Wiggly’s going out of business ad on page 8A.