MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Piggly Wiggly store, which was the original modern grocery store as we know it.
Clarence Saunders founded the store here in Memphis.
A replica of that store is at the Pink Palace Museum, which Saunders started building as his personal home.
The museum said Saunders not only revolutionized grocery shopping by allowing shoppers to select their items, but in the process invented other items as well.
"He had this maze idea of people having to walk through so they saw everything. He actually invented the turnstile. So turnstiles that are used everywhere for counting and traffic control and crowd control were invented and patented by Clarence Saunders here in Memphis for the Piggly Wiggly stores."
The Pink Palace is opening a new exhibit about Saunders' stores Sunday.
There aren't any Piggly Wigglys left in Memphis. The closest one is in Olive Branch.
Steve Masler with the Pink Palace Museum joined Live at 9 to talk about the important day in history.