Owners of Cowley's Piggly Wiggly in Milton buy Edgerton Piggly Wiggly
EDGERTON—They did it to stay competitive and return to the store where they spent nearly 10 years as managers.
Jason and Angie Cowley, owners of Cowley's Piggly Wiggly at 727 S. Janesville St., Milton, are buying the Edgerton Piggly Wiggly at 1211 N. Main St., Edgerton.
The two have owned the Cowley's Piggly Wiggly in Milton since 2001. The Cowleys signed an agreement to purchase the Edgerton store from Dave and Sandy Kotwitz, who plan to retire.
“We've always loved that store because a big part of our lifetime years were spent there,” Jason Cowley said.
For Jason, 43, working for Piggly Wiggly began when he was in high school. He started as a meat department apprentice in Fort Atkinson and has since worked at 28 stores in Wisconsin and Illinois.
It was at the Janesville Piggly Wiggly where he met his wife, Angie, 44.
Today, all three of their children work at the Milton store.
“Piggly Wiggly is a big part of our family,” Jason said.
The Cowleys have lived in Milton since 2001.
Dave and Sandy Kotwitz have owned the Edgerton store since 2004. Dave has been in the grocery business for 42 years, all with Piggly Wiggly, according to a Piggly Wiggly Midwest news release.
“I would like to thank my customers for their patronage, and I am confident that Jason and his family will do a great job,” Dave said in the release.
He likes the way Jason and Angie run the Milton store like a family business, Dave said.
The Cowleys witnessed many changes in the community since they bought the Milton store, Jason said. Business was good in 2008 after they expanded the building, but the store lost customers with the closing of the General Motors plant in Janesville and construction of the Highway 26 bypass.
Buying the Edgerton store will give them better buying power and keep them competitive against big box stores, Jason said.
The purchase had been in the back of the Cowleys' minds for a while, Jason said. When the Kotwitzs told the Cowleys they were talking about retiring, the Cowleys indicated they would be interesting in buying the store.
The sale is set to be finalized Sept. 27. Angie and the kids plan to keep working at the Milton store, while Jason plans to operate the Edgerton store, Jason said.