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The Piglet OpensOriental Piggly Wiggly: Views, Day 1
July 29, 2016
The checkout lines were busy through the morning – and the rest of the day.Terry Halpren of the Oriental Food Initiative which advocated having a store that met the diverse tastes within Oriental’s population.The first 100 customers received a bag of groceries. Also given away were pig cupcakes.Several higher ups from the Piggly Wiggly home office and elsewhere dressed as they might for a store opening in most places and did not get the “Oriental Casual” memo, as seen here near the meat dept. (At right, Oriental Town Commissioner, Allen Price, sports the look as he checks out the store.)A christening of sorts in the first hour when a bottle of wine hit the floor and broke.Cheerleaders from Pamlico High greeted customers, and ventured into the heat to lead a few cheers.Billy Flockhart’s name tag as he opened the Oriental Piggly Wiggly on Wednesday, July 27. That was 6 months to the day that he first came to a public meeting in Oriental and – in the spirit of that slogan – floated the idea of opening a store in the building WalMart would be vacating.
Posted Friday July 29, 2016 by Melinda Penkava
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