The Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, was founded in 1947. Today “The Pig” is a large employee-owned, privately operated retail company with more than 3,000 employees and 100 stores throughout South Carolina and coastal Georgia.
Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company was founded by Joseph T. Newton Jr. He purchased a Piggly Wiggly Franchise from the Piggly Wiggly Corporation.
Piggly Wiggly is a supermarket chain operating in the Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States, run by Piggly Wiggly, LLC, an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers. The current company headquarters is in Keene, New Hampshire. Currently, more than 600 independently owned Piggly Wiggly stores operate in 17 states, primarily in smaller cities and towns.
Piggly Wiggly was the first true self-service grocery store. It was founded on September 6, 1916, at 79 Jefferson Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, by Clarence Saunders. A replica of the original store has been constructed in the Memphis Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium, a mansion that Saunders built as his private residence, and was later sold to the city.