The First Supermarket.

History of Sorts

Nowadays doing your shopping in a Supermarket is the most normal thing in the world. You go through the aisles, pick up what you need, and then queue up for the check out to pay for your goods.

However this wasn’t always the case. In days of yore( and not even that long ago) you would give a list of your shopping to the clerk in the grocery store, and he or she would then go and pick the items for you off the shelves.

So where did it all start?

Piggly Wiggly was the first true self-service grocery store and the originator of various familiar supermarket concepts such as checkout stands, individual item price marking and shopping carts.

It was founded on September 6, 191 (although it did not open until five days later due to delays in construction)at 79 Jefferson Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, by Clarence Saunders.


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