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Monday, June 06, 2011

Piggly Wiggly: America's first modern grocery store

Whether you've shopped at one or not, you've probably at least heard of Piggly Wiggly in movies like Driving Miss Daisy. What you may not have known is that it was America's first self-serve grocery store.

Founded by Clarence Saunders in 1916, the first Piggly Wiggly opened its doors in Memphis, Tennessee. Saunders patented the self-serve concept in 1917, and similar stores soon followed.

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