Piggott Fred's to Rebuild After Fire

May 24, 2007 - Posted at 8:21 p.m. CDT

PIGGOTT, AR -- Fred's has announced they will rebuild in Piggott after their store burned to the ground on March 27th. It's an announcement the city is excited to hear and a new storefront that will add to the town's growing landscape.

From the rubble will rise a new beginning for Fred's in Piggott.

"We had a handshake and a welcome back to town today because they were officially there in a meeting.  And they are going to build a 16,000 square foot building and it will be ready before Christmas," said Piggott mayor Gerald Morris.

A huge impact that will come just in time for the city's busiest shopping season.

"It's going to pump a lot of money into the town for one thing because they are going to try to do everything locally. All their supplies and the construction workers and we are going to have a lot of excavations and it's going to put a lot of time and effort and money into the community," said Van Winton, chairman of the Piggott Economic Development Commission.

But some changes are in store for this rebuilt location.

"The back of the store will be turned to the south.  The front part of the store will be facing the north as well as the parking lot on the north side of the building facing Main Street," said Morris.

And this time, Piggott hopes it should be bigger and better.

"Some of the officials with Fred's have told me that's one of their most profitable stores," said Morris.

Piggott's 16,000 square foot building will make it one of the largest Fred's stores in Region 8.