The History of Piggly Wiggly South Carolina & Coastal Georgia

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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 Carolina Company, Inc.

The original self service

The History of Piggly Wiggly Corporation

…“The Original Self-Service”
Piggly Wiggly?, America’s first self-service grocery store, was founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1916 by the late Clarence Saunders. Since its founding in 1916, Piggly Wiggly? has played a major role in the history and development of grocery merchandising. Piggly Wiggly’s introduction of self-service grocery shopping revolutionized the grocery industry; many of the conveniences and services that American shoppers now enjoy were brought to them first by Piggly Wiggly?.

Saunders’ reason for choosing the intriguing name ‘Piggly Wiggly’ remains a mystery; he was curiously reluctant to explain its origin. One story is that he saw from a train window several little pigs struggling to get under a fence, and the rhyming name occurred to him then. Another theory is that it is derived from the nursery rhyme, “This little piggy went to market…”

Someone once asked him why he had chosen such an unusual name for his organization, and Saunders’ reply was, “So people will ask that very question.” He wanted, and found, a name that would be talked about and remembered.

Piggly Wiggly Corporation, established by Saunders when he opened the first self-service store in Memphis, secured a patent on the self-service format and issued franchises to hundreds of grocery retailers for the operation of Piggly Wiggly stores. These franchised stores were constructed to Saunders’ rigid specifications, operated on a strictly cash basis, and maintained at a high standard of quality and cleanliness.

Today, there are over 600 Piggly Wiggly? stores servicing communities in 17 states. The Corporation is committed to a campaign of excellence and growth, and offers its retailers the services necessary to effectively compete within their individual markets. The Piggly Wiggly Operator pays a franchise fee in exchange for the Piggly Wiggly? name.

The members of the Piggly Wiggly System regard themselves as “the Piggly Wiggly Family”, an association working together with a common interest and moving ahead toward a common goal. The dedicated business men and women who compose this group of independent retailers proudly recognize their unique heritage; a heritage which, nearly a century later, still distinguishes Piggly Wiggly? as a true American original

The Museum in Memphis, TN with a Life Size Piggly Wiggly Exhibit