Clarence Saunders’ star turn in the supermarket industry limelight was brief, but the founder of Piggly Wiggly left a lasting legacy. In the six years that he operated his chain of self-service grocery stores in Memphis, Tenn., from 1916 to 1922, Saunders arguably did as much to shape the modern food-retailing industry as anyone before or since. His self-service, cash-and-carry stores introduced new efficiencies that revolutionized grocery-store operations, and some of his many ...

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