Today the Community Redevelopment Agency voted to give $205,000 in tax revenue to the company which is locating a Piggly Wiggly’s at the former home of a Harvey’s grocery store.
City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox were the only two no votes.
CRA staff reported to elected officials that:
“Cogen, Inc. is requesting $205,000 in City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) grant funds to assist in the renovation of the former Harvey’s Grocery Store in the Southside Shopping Center at 2526 South Monroe Street into a Piggly Wiggly supermarket. Cogen currently operates four Piggly Wiggly supermarkets in the Florida Panhandle and South Georgia, including a store in Quincy.”
City Commissioner Scott who voted against the measure, said “once again the CRA is picking winners and losers in the free market. They voted overwhelmingly to grant Piggly Wiggly $205,000 for interior renovations in a shopping center. Yet other businesses get nothing. It is unfair competition and unwise use of tax dollars.”
CRA staff reported to the CRA that since the closing of the Harvey’s supermarket in the Southside Shopping Center in March 2014, there has been strong interest in finding a replacement full-service grocery store for this part of the Southside community.
The interior renovations are currently underway with an opening planned for late February or early March.