The History of Piggly Wiggly South Carolina & Coastal Georgia

October 2014 C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. impressed by the way Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company had met the needs of Independent Store Owners and Operators purchases the Service Organization and continues to provide services to the Independently Owned Piggly Wiggly stores in South Carolina and Coastal Georgia.cs_logo

January 2014 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company moves from providing Wholesaler Services to using the exceptional service provided by C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the lead supply chain company in the food industry.

February 2012 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company named “2012 Outstanding Self-supplied Independent Retailer of the Year” by Progressive Grocer.

2011 The Click’n Shop program is expanded to operate in 36 stores.

2008 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company adds a digital component to shopping the Pig. An online shopping program, Click’n Shop is introduced into ten stores. An online circular is introduced in 100 stores!

2007 David R. Schools named President of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company, and Greenbax Enterprises. Buzzy Newton retired as President and became Chairman of the Board. Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company celebrated its 60th year!

2006 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company majorly renovates 12 stores, replaces five stores, and opens seven.

2005 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company becomes 100% employee owned and is the largest employee-owned, privately operated retail company in South Carolina, servicing over 100 retail stores with annual sales over $800 million and a workforce of over 6,000 employee-owners throughout South Carolina and southeastern Georgia.

2003 Joseph T. “Joe” Newton, Jr. was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

2001 Greenbax discontinues the traditional paper stamps and begins recording each customer’s balance electronically on the Pig's Favorite Customer (PFC) card. Shoppers electronically redeem Greenbax at Piggly Wiggly stores or at other partner business locations.

2000- 2006 Major renovation occurs within 12 stores, 5 stores are replaced and 7 new stores are opened by 2006, along with a new upscale market, Newton Farms, and 3 new fuel centers.

1999 Construction was completed on two large projects, the corporate office building at Albemarle Point Center, and a 612,000 sq. ft. distribution center on I-26 in Berkeley County.

1998 Joseph T. “Buzzy” Newton, III was named President of Greenbax Enterprises along with his position of President of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company. Burton R. “Burt” Schools Retired from Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company and became Chairman of the Board.

1997 Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company founder, Joe Newton, passes away. THE HISTORY OF PIGGLY WIGGLY SOUTH CAROLINA & COASTAL GEORGIA

1986 The produce company in Columbia moves its location to Charleston.

1979 Joe Newton retired and became Chairman of the Board. Buzzy Newton was named President of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company and Executive Vice President of Greenbax Enterprises. Burt Schools was named President of Greenbax Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.

1967 Nel McNaughton begins working as the Deli Manager at the Dupont Crossing Piggly Wiggly in Charleston, South Carolina. She shared the secret of her famous fried chicken recipe with The Pig; a recipe we’ve all come to know and love as “Mrs. Mac’s.”

1965 Joe Newton evolves his company from a strictly wholesaler operation to include retail operations. The result is a new company name, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company, and the addition of thirty stores from Columbia and the surrounding area. The company is now a wholesaler to independent store owners and a supplier of its own retail stores.

1962 Buzzy Newton joined the business.

1958 Joe Newton’s son-in-law, Burt Schools, joined the business.

1954 Greenbax Enterprises begins as a sister corporation to Piggly Wiggly Wholesale. Paper Greenbax stamps are given with purchases, which could then be cashed in for discounts on groceries and merchandise that advertises the store.

1947 Piggly Wiggly Wholesale founded by Joe Newton. Read more about those early days by clicking here.

The History of Piggly Wiggly Corporation