The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 April 2005

A grunt of approval

A franchisee of the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain, which has eased into eastern Oklahoma in recent years, has acquired its first Oklahoma City-area store location.

The store, once a Snyder's IGA and most recently an Eagle Crest supermarket, is at Memorial and Bryant. It's owned by Green Country Food Markets of Tulsa, which owns the Tulsa-area stores and which is looking for other locations around Oklahoma City.

This will be the first rhyming trochee seen on a supermarket sign in the area since the demise of Humpty Dumpty.

Posted at 2:00 PM to Soonerland

I wonder if Piggly-Wiggly will ever resolve to dig in its heels and fight back against Kroger and Publix here in my neck of the woods. There used to be a Piggly in Newnan but it's long since changed hands -- and the nearest other of their stores are in far-flung little towns like Franklin, Hogansville and Greenville.

All are rather elderly establishments and none are particularly clean or attractive. And in Hogansville the Ingles Supermarket is beating Piggly like a drum, even as other Ingles stores are getting totalled where a Kroger or Publix (or worse, both) are in direct competition with them.

Posted by: McGehee at 3:30 PM on 20 April 2005

For the new guys, the big worries here are the Wal-Marts and their Neighborhood Markets, of course, and the local Crest chain, which is not wonderful but is way cheap.

Safeway, Food Lion and Winn-Dixie bailed out of here years ago, so the remaining serious national-chain competition is Albertson's.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:50 PM on 20 April 2005

Piggly Wiggly operated in the City in the 1930's. "Aunt Susan" [Adams], who wrote cooking columns for the Daily Oklahoman and discussed recipes on WKY, and also conducted an annual
Oklahoman and Times WKY Cooking School, at the station, acknowledged the use of "Meats" supplied by Kroger Piggly Wiggly [sic], delicatessen from Standard Food Stores (later identified with Humpty Dumpty), and "Canned Goods" from A & P Stores in her 1933 Recipe Book.

In the 1932 book, Mrs. Adams acknowledged Sipes Stores for "Meats" and the Kroger Grocery & Baking Co. for "Country Club Products." She may have taught a half-generation of Cityans to cook.

My older brother taunted me that I could not pronounce "Piggly" or "Wiggly" in 2 syllables.
Much later by many years, I learned that there is a Sanskrit word linguistics uses for the insertion of this extra syllable -- maybe something beginning with "sandhi;" it's in Webster III and is a heading word on its page.

Posted by: ben acton at 9:13 PM on 21 April 2005

It is, in fact, just "sandhi," which is Sanskrit for "placing together."

I was not aware that we'd had PWs this far back. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:40 PM on 21 April 2005