The Poynette Piggly Wiggly will be under new management later this month after Owner Bob Saftig decided to sell the grocery store.
Saftig has been the owner of The Piggly Wiggly for nearly 14 years now, with a tenure of 29 years in the grocery business. He said it’s the right time in his life to make this move and he’s ready for the next chapter in life.
“I feel life is like a book with many chapters inside,” Saftig said. “It is time for this chapter of my life to come to an end.”
Saftig has involved himself and the store in numerous organizations and initiatives over the years, such as personally involving himself in the Poynette School District’s Buddy-Up mentoring program for the last 12 years.
He was also recognized by VFW Post 1707 in November as a “Proud Supporter” of the post for his work in supporting their programs such as Patriots Pen, Voice to Democracy, the VFW Teacher of the Year Award as well as scholarships for high school seniors in Lodi and Poynette.
Saftig said the community support has been one of the best parts of working in Poynette all these years.
“Being a small store in a small town, if you don’t gain the support of the local community, you’re in big trouble,” he said. “Luckily the support has been nothing short of phenomenal.”
Along with being appreciative of all the people who have been loyal customers over the years, he said he couldn’t have done it without his dedicated employees “that have gone far above and beyond.”
“The people that work here do a great job maintaining the store and taking care of the customers, which is the biggest part,” he sad.
And although The Piggly Wiggly has been sold to a new owner, the grocery store will continue to stay around. The new owner, Brandon Sosinsky, a Piggly Wiggly store manager from Markesan, will officially take over March 24. Sosinsky has already began interviewing and rehiring the current Piggly Wiggly employees.
Saftig said he’s been very impressed with Sosinsky after meeting with him and, coming from another small-town grocery store, he said he believes he’ll fit right in.
“For him, he’ll kind of walk right in and continue on in the small town ways of doing things,” Saftig said. “I have absolutely no reason to believe he won’t do a great job.”
Saftig will be closing the store early on Saturday, March 23 at 5 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday, March 24 so he and Sosinsky can do a full inventory check as part of the sale of the store.
As Saftig prepares his exit, he looks forward to more time relaxing with friends and family throughout the summer, which he has already deemed to be the “summer of Bob.” He hopes to reconnect to many people in his life, but won’t forget the people who helped him along the way.
“The community support, loyal customers and definitely the employee base,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for any more.”