First Supermarket

Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Photographer: Clarence Saunders

Historical Context

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.

The concept of the "self-serving store" was patented by Saunders in 1917.

Historical Events

  • 1916-09-06 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee

Historical Photos