SHOPPING MADE EASY
You might be surprised to learn who opened the first true self-serve supermarket. It was opened on September 6, 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee.
This chain standing now at 499 stores also was first to offer shopping carts, checkout lanes, pricing on each item, among other things.
Yes, we are talking about Piggly-Wiggly, a staple store in the South and parts of the Midwest.
The company founded in Cincinnati by Barney Kroger in 1883 has eclipsed Piggly Wiggly in sales, and Kroger now stands as the largest, by sales, grocery store in the US.
Here is Carey’s 1814 map of Tennessee.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.