The History of Piggly Wiggly Carolina

Joseph T. "Buzzy" Newton, III

In 1962, his son, Joseph T. “Buzzy” Newton, III, joined the business. From bagging groceries to filling shelves, from the bottom on up, young Newton learned the business. With Joe Newton at the helm, Burt Schools handling finances, and Buzzy Newton working stores and advertising, the business continued to grow and prosper. Many independent stores were not able to find the financing for the new multimillion-dollar supermarkets and it soon became necessary for Piggly Wiggly to build its own stores and operate as a true chain. This concept, proposed by Newton’s son, was responsible for much of Piggly Wiggly Carolina’s growth with over 75% of stores being company owned. Buzzy Newton was also instrumental in increasing the scope of Piggly Wiggly Carolina’s service to include a full line of perishable products. This full service concept helped to make Piggly Wiggly stores even stronger competitors in the grocery business. In 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 Executive Vice President of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company and President of Greenbax Enterprises. Buzzy Newton and Burt Schools complemented one another, adding a new dimension to Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.