HomeTrending1916 1st "Piggly Wiggly" opens

1916 1st “Piggly Wiggly” opens

On September 6th, 1916, the first true American supermarket opened. Its name was Piggly Wiggly. The store opened in Memphis, Tennessee, and since its opening in 1916, it has amassed 530 stores across seventeen states in the United States. The reason why it’s the first true supermarket is because Piggly Wiggly is the first self-service grocery store. Before that, a clerk would assemble your groceries for you. The clerk would get dry goods from barrels, and oftentimes there would be many clerks running around to fulfill the customer’s orders. Having a self-serve supermarket cuts down on employees and makes more financial sense. Customers would enter, pick up a wooden basket and get the items off the shelves themselves. By the end of Piggly Wiggly’s first year in business, they expanded to nine more locations in Memphis.

Clarence Saunders is the founder of Piggly Wiggly. He thought of the name after seeing a couple of little pigs trying to get under a fence. He then thought of the rhyme, “Three Little Pigs,” and thought of the name, “Piggly Wiggly.” However, Clarence really just wanted to make the name slightly interesting so that people would be attracted to such an unusual name and therefore drive business and press.

He was clever because often people did ask, “Why the name Piggly Wiggly.” to which he would respond, “so people will ask that very question.” After he franchised his store and issued public stock, the company was no longer his to control. Later on, he tried to start an automated grocery store called Foodelectric, but the idea did not take off.

Frank James
I love the outdoors and enjoy delving into history topics! Go Broncos!
RELATED ARTICLES

1945 V-J Day, end WWII

On the morning of August 14, 1945, the news that Japan had surrendered and effectively ended World War II was met with overwhelming celebration...

1908 Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car

On August 12, 1908, the Henry Ford company built the first Model T car. The new model was the fruit of a long and...

1930 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer’s cartoon “Dizzy Dishes”

Betty Boop made her debut on August 9, 1930, in "Dizzy Dishes" with her trademark heels, garter and long eyelashes. In this iconic Max...

4 COMMENTS

  1. Honestly, I had never taken the time to fully read the articles and today I did…and found them most interesting, and I learned something new!
    Thank you.

  2. First Piggly Wiggly I ever saw was in 1964 in Enterprise, Alabama. My family shopped there when I was 11 and 12. We had moved there from California and I thought it was a weird name! Dad worked at Ft. Rucker for 2 years and we moved to Yuma Proving Grounds (Arizona) in July 1966.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

1945 V-J Day, end WWII

On the morning of August 14, 1945, the news that Japan had surrendered and effectively ended World War II was met with overwhelming celebration...

1908 Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car

On August 12, 1908, the Henry Ford company built the first Model T car. The new model was the fruit of a long and...

1930 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer’s cartoon “Dizzy Dishes”

Betty Boop made her debut on August 9, 1930, in "Dizzy Dishes" with her trademark heels, garter and long eyelashes. In this iconic Max...

Fidel Castro Leads a Failed Attack on the Moncada Barracks

On July 26, 1953, a small army of brave and righteous youthful Cubans took the Moncada Barracks in Santiago City by storm. Even though...

Recent Comments

Linda Parker-Fedak on 1916 1st “Piggly Wiggly” opens
Susan Rutkowski on 1856 Louis Sullivan Born
Barbara Keene on 1847 Jesse James Born
Rita oates on 1960 Sean Penn, born
par nastasiak on 1620 Mayflower sets sail
Patty Valdez on 1945 V-J Day, end WWII
Dave Johnston on 1945 V-J Day, end WWII
Janice Loraine Tomlin on 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” released
🙏MOM❤️ FATHERDaDie’ on 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” released
Rehan Walgama on 1990 Operation Desert Shield
Tom Saldana on Machu Picchu Discovered
John Scott on Machu Picchu Discovered