The long vacant and run-down Piggly Wiggly building at the corner of Ehringhaus and McMorrine streets is under new ownership.
Matt Wood, a partner in the Seven Sounds microbrewery and a former Pasquotank County commissioner, talked about his plans for the building in an interview on Thursday. Wood and his wife, Holly Cook-Wood, bought the building through a limited liability corporation for $100,000 last month, based on information and records from county staff. He bought it from the Perry Glass Company.
Wood and another partner, Dean Schaan, are also working to turn the former Hurdle Hardware building on Water Street into the Seven Sounds microbrewery.
That microbrewery, proposed more than two years ago, would be Elizabeth City’s second, after the Ghost Harbor Brewing Company that opened more than a year ago. Seven Sounds is assembling Historic Tax Credits, a state grant and other funding sources to make the ambitious project happen. Plans are to use the first floor for a brewery, the second for event space, and demolish the third, which isn’t needed and, as an addition, would leave the building ineligible for credits.
Wood said the former Piggly Wiggly building, at 400 S. McMorrine St., which is several blocks southwest of where Seven Sounds is going, is a good investment.
Wood explained the property was available for a good price, and he and his partners hope it will play a role in longer-term downtown development. He wants to work with the city to plan its use, he added.
In the near term, however, he said his company would look at some fixes and cleanup for the long unused building, and would use it for parking for Seven Sounds’ customers. The company envisions a shuttle service to transport them across downtown, he added.
Notably, the parking lot at 400 S. McMorrine is also a staging area for a snowcone business. And given that he’s still planning what to do with the property, the business is fine to continue there at least through the summer, Wood said.