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The Piggly Wiggly Celebrates First Year in Oriental
Party At The Piglet
July 28, 2017

O
riental’s Piggly Wiggly is officially one year old.

1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
The smiling face of Mr. Pig.

Built from the remnants of the failed Walmart Express, the Piggly Wiggly (locally known as the Piglet) celebrated it’s success. Walmart’s closing in January 2016 had left Oriental without a supermarket. Billy Flockhart, who also owns the larger Piggly Wiggly in Grantsboro, stepped up and six months later – on July 27 – gave the town its next grocery store. To celebrate the anniversary, Billy threw a party and invited the whole of Oriental.

1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Made in the shade. Crowds come and go under the tents.

The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival orchestrated the live music. A free lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers could be had at one of the grills. A free Piggly Wiggly shirt was also offered to every attendee. However, the biggest giveaways of the day were gift cards and a two-minute shopping spree. Mr. Pig was on hand to help Billy announce the winners.

1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Mr. Pig looks on excitedly.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Billy gets help from the crowd.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Some winners of the $100 gift card were present: Deborah Steenson and Sally Belangia. The rest won in absentia: Kathy Mozelle, Rachel Pittman, and Hilda Smith.

A $500 gift certificate was won by Diana Peterson.

1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Diana Peterson winning the $500 gift card.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
The crowd applauds the winner of the two-minute shopping spree: Dorothy Jones.

Dorothy Jones won the two-minute shopping spree – which took place immediately. Billy called for the aisles to be cleared so that Dorothy could shop in 120 seconds. At the end of her run, she left the store with over $250 in groceries and a gift card for another $100, courtesy of Billy.

1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Dorothy Jones at the starting line with her friend, Delcine Gibbs along to help out..
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Grabbing what she can, Dorothy Jones fills her shopping cart.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Employees come out from behind the counters to watch.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Unloading her cart, Dorothy Jones waits for the final total.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Billy at the checkout.
1st Year Celebration of the Piggly Wiggly
Dorothy Jones, winner.

Posted Friday July 28, 2017 by Allison DeWeese


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