Progressive Grocer Independent

AUG 2016

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August 2016 | Defining the Independent Market | 11 dents leave for the summer, and sales can drop by about 15 percent. Also, about a month be- fore the store was slated to open, the fire alarms went off just as Naseem and Andy were leaving for the night. e freezer in the upstairs storage room had frozen and the contractor had set some heaters to melt the ice. One of the heaters was close to the sensor for the sprinklers in the freez- opening during school," Naseem says. e store is located right next to the neighborhood's elementary school. e fire actually relieved that worry by pushing back the opening and making the open-date decision easier. "We decided to not open until after school was out. I think this timing was better," he adds. e delayed opening will also allow the store to work out any kinks during the slow summer months. Many of the resi- er, and it set off the sprinklers. e mezzanine floor was flooded with about three inches of water, but luck- ily no groceries had been delivered yet and the water didn't seep into the downstairs retail area. "It just cleaned the floors up here before we got any deliveries in," Naseem jokes. PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS Naseem Ajlouny, Andy Virciglio and Basim Ajlouny partnered to reopen the Piggly Wiggly in the Crestline neighborhood of Mountain Brook, Ala.

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