Time for Thorns

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Piggly Wiggly at 100…

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The Piggly Wiggly grocery chain  turns 100 years  old this week,  and it has come quite a ways from when Clarence Saunders opened the first in Memphis,  Tennessee.   It was the first self-service grocery store,  and was vastly more efficient than the old method of having clerks scurry around fetching the items customers desired.   The modern grocery store was born.

By the early 1920’s, there were over a thousand of the stores.   Now there are about 600,  mostly in the Southeast,  and all independently owned and operated.   There is one in a nearby town,  and I sometimes still shop there,  depending on what I need.   It doesn’t have artisanal cheeses or breads, but it does have a good selection of seasonal produce,  ideal if I’m making a five-gallon batch of Good Luck Greens to put in the freezer for later enjoyment.




Written by timeforthorns

September 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

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