City asks public for ideas for Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley

West Ashley, S.C. (WCIV) — On Tuesday, the former building of Piggly Wiggly on Sumar Street in West Ashley was demolished.

The building has been there for decades.

After the store closed down, the building was abandoned.

Jacob Lindsey, a Charleston City planning director, spoke about the building on Friday.

"The building itself is unusable and not in a condition that can be used for anything," Lindsey said.

Mayor John Tecklenburg was there to start the demolition, breaking in a window to the old grocery store.

As for what's next for the empty lot, Mayor Tecklenburg announced they have no set plans for the area.

City leaders have opened the option to the public to decide.

Leigh Smalley says she has lived in West Ashley all her life, and she feels a special place for the community is needs.

"I would love to see it more as a gathering spot, especially some place that my children and members of the community would want to be on a regular basis, anything that really engages the community and gives West Ashley a core," she said.

You can weigh in and give your ideas on how the space should be used by emailing the city at

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