september 6, first self-service grocery store, piggly wiggly, opens in 1916 (photo by roadside pictures on flickr)

Today there are more than 600 Piggly Wiggly stores serving communities in 17 states. All Piggly Wiggly stores are independently owned and operated, and are located primarily throughout the Southeast and as far north as Wisconsin.

Piggly Wiggly Ceiling Signs by Chris Edington, via Behance

Piggly Wiggly Ceiling Signs by Chris Edington, via Behance- When we first heard the name of this food chain, my brother and sisters laughed so hard.who would name a store Piggly Wiggly?

.The one here burned down when I was a kid.  I remember watching the fire.

Piggly Wiggly Vintage Sign " I'm goin' to The Pig!" I still shop at "The Pig.

Piggly Wiggly, Dunn, NC, Mar. 2001 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Piggly Wiggly was the first true self-service grocery store founded in 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee. At its peak in 1932 the company operated stores.

Piggly Wiggly, c.1965    Before my time but I love vintage stuff.  The Piggly Wiggly in North Augusta looked like this one in the '70s.

Traces of Texas reader Dale Jones graciously sent in this wonderful 1964 photo of his mother and sister at the Piggly Wiggly store in Lubbock. The photo was taken as part of a Piggly Wiggly advertising campaign.