Piggly Wiggly opens


Seemingly overnight, supermarket chain Piggly Wiggly appeared where the former Save-A-Lot location was on Keyser Avenue. The transition was a surprise to many, but has actually been a work in process since the decision was made in early 2020. Of course, the current pandemic had halted the transition process, as it has affected nearly all situations these days. While the change has slowly been taking place over the last few months, things really became official to the general public when the Piggly Wiggly storefront sign went up early this week.

According to District Supervisor Mark Lowry, the transition from a Save-A-Lot to a Piggly Wiggly occurred to offer more variety in produce to the public. About Piggly Wiggly: Piggly Wiggly, America’s first true self-service grocery store, was founded in Memphis, Tenn., in 1916 by Clarence Saunders. Today, there are more than 600 Piggly Wiggly stores serving communities in 17 states

All Piggly Wiggly stores are independently owned and operated, and are located primarily throughout the Southeast and as far north as Wisconsin. Piggly Wiggly, LLC is an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., which ranked as the 10th largest privately-held company in the US by Forbes magazine in 2010. For over 90 years, C&S has provided first-class warehousing and distribution services to its customers.

From more than 50 warehouse facilities throughout the United States, C&S serves some of the largest supermarket chains in the nation. (About information from mypigglywiggly.com)

Photos by Hannah Richardson

In print edition Feb. 4, 2021