Sunday, April 24, 2016

220 Quarterback Club shows support for new Piggly Wiggly

By Dominique Mack
Florida A&M University

Cash registers were ringing and store aisles were filled, as members of the 220 Quarterback Club took over the new neighborhood Piggy Wiggly for a shopping event March 29.

The Piggly Wiggly store, which is located next to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), replaced the old Harvey’s Supermarket on South Monroe Street in Tallahassee’s South Side community, bringing with it 125 new jobs and an assortment of new food options.

Established seven years ago, The 220 Quarterback Club was created to provide small donations to help diminish a financial deficit in the FAMU Athletics Department. The group began by making donations to the football program and grew into providing assistance to the other athletic teams within the department.  Since then the group has made donations outside sports, including a major contribution to the Marching “100.”

Various members of the club gathered to participate in the occasion. Supporters purchased grocery items in efforts to support store manager and co-owner Ray Moore and the Tallahassee community.

“This event is the 220 Quarterback Club’s way of giving back to one of its very own members” said group’s President Eddie Jackson. “Because of his strong support for FAMU, we felt like this was a good way to give back to him and the community,” Jackson added.

Moore is a member of the 220 Quarterback Club and like many others, the FAMU alumnus was glad to see the store finally make its way to Tallahassee. He called the event “a dream come true”, and as a manager for the store’s Quincy location he was ecstatic about the decision to come to Tallahassee.

“The community has really embraced us and showed their support. We had a super grand opening, and since opening our doors it has been wall to wall with customers,” Moore said.

The new location hosted its grand opening on March 17.  Piggy Wiggly was founded in Memphis, Tenn. by American grocer Clarence Saunders. The 1916 debut of the store introduced a first of its kind self-service grocery store that included the very first checkout stands, individual price marking on store items, and shopping carts.

Today the grocery chain operates more than 600 independently owned stores in 17 states, primarily in smaller areas and towns across the Midwest and Southern regions on the United States.  Club member Dilcy Hogan called the grand opening a “proud moment”. As a native of Tallahassee and FAMU alumna, Hogan says that the opening served as a great moments for many Tallahasseans.

“Our community is known as a family, and to see Ray, a Tallahassee native, bring a Piggly Wiggly here to his native city is just phenomenal,” Hogan said.

FAMU alumnus and 220 Quarterback Club member John Haugabrook said that he was excited when he first heard about the store’s opening. He felt that it would bring a different feel to the community and provide residents with an alternative food market.

“It’s very great and different, and it’s a nice place for the people to go,” Haugabrook said.

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