COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Grocery store chain Piggly Wiggly is celebrating its 100th anniversary by honoring their customers.
In all seven cities where stores operate in our area, the mayors will issue proclamations declaring Tuesday, Sept. 6 as "Piggly Wiggly Day."
To celebrate, Piggly Wiggly has awarded 100 people in each store a "golden ticket" that gives that customer an opportunity to buy 5 items (eggs, bacon, butter, potatoes, and sugar) at the prices from the first Piggly Wiggly newspaper ad in 1916.
In our area, JTM Corporations owns 19 locations in Columbus, Phenix City, Eufaula, Lanett, Opelika, LaGrange and Thomaston, GA.
The first Piggly Wiggly opened in Memphis, TN on Sept. 6, 1916, and was one of the first self-service grocery stores.
Grocer Clarance Saunders noticed that a customer handing a store clerk a list of groceries and having them retrieve them was a waste of time, and changed the trend of the time in that store.
"Piggly Wiggly was also the first to provide checkout stands; price mark every item in the store, give shoppers more food for their food dollar through high volume/ low-profit margin retailing; feature a full line of nationally advertised brands; use refrigerated cases to keep produce fresher longer; put employees in uniforms for cleaner, more sanitary food handling; design and use patented fixtures and equipment throughout the store; and franchise independent grocers to operate under the self-service method of food retailing," a press release said.
JTM Corporation, founded 50 years ago by Tommy Milligan, is now managed by the second and third generation of the Milligan family.
You can see all of the festivities on the Piggly Wiggly JTM Facebook page by clicking here.