The ‘supermarket’ is the latest in modern convenience (1959)

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New Piggly-Wiggly Supermarket brings the latest in modern conveniences

This new supermarket brings to Lubbock the ultimate in shopping convenience. There is simply no more modern — nor more complete — grocery market to be found anywhere.

Covers 27,000 square feet

The building covers nearly 27,000 square feet of floor space, running about 2,000 feet larger than when it was originally planned on the drawing board.

Here’s how some of that space is utilized: There are 180 lineal feet of frozen foods — and these counters are in a soft pastel blue, easy and restful on the eyes. Another 121 linear feet make up the market display, which includes tile fresh meats and cheese.

A new note has been introduced here with the use of tan leather-trimmed cases — quite a change from the unbroken stark white to which we’ve become accustomed.

Special delicatessen department

Forty-eight feet have been set aside for frozen fish, in addition to which the special delicatessen department will have a fresh fish section with supplies coming in daily by air and by express from the East Coast, Houston and Galveston.

In the delicatessen, you can find all kinds of salads and prepared foods, including barbecued fryers. You’ll want to take special notice of the outstanding produce department covering 60 feet of wall space as well as substantial aisle displays.

Regular cosmetic counter

Then, 51 feet of space will contain drugs, on top of which there’ll be a regular cosmetic counter, where milady can purchase lipsticks, colognes, perfumes, etc.

Wandering still further around the store, the observer will see a nice gourmet section offering fancy foods, a complete dietetic section… a garden supply section, and 66 feet of housewares, too.

“Extra services” available

Store officials point out with justifiable pride to such “extra services” as being able to prepare 10 baked hams at a time, which is in effect, offering a catering service.

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If you’re having a large party or a church dinner, and would call ahead in the morning, these could be ready for you in the afternoon, thanks to a special large oven installed at this supermarket.

We are told that a dinner for as many as 500 to 600 people, complete with salads, could be prepared on 5 or 6 hours’ notice. Or — if one wanted barbecued fryers or chickens — they could prepare enough to serve up to 4,000 people if necessary!

Ten check-out stations

The old-fashioned forerunner of this market (the general store) may have carried a little of everything available for sate in its day — but it’s certain that it never approximated the service of its modern-day counterpart!

Ten motorized check-out stations will provide faster-than-ever service. A continuous belt moves the groceries out of the way of the checker, down to the sackers who take them to the car.

Room for kiddies

The long-suffering shopper is really in for her day with the opening of this new Piggly- Wiggly supermarket–because she can come in and shop… park her kiddies in the TV and Magazine Room especially provided for that purpose… and stop to rest her own tired feet while she sits on comfortable divans and sips coffee with her friends, in the conveniently located lounge in the store’s lobby.

The building, constructed by Tidmore Construction Co., is completely air-conditioned both summer and winter, with central heating and refrigerated cooling system. And one of the finest sound systems will provide pleasing music during shopping hours, continuously and coincidentally with the music which is provided all over the Monterey Center, both inside and out.

Indirect lighting

Soft, indirect lighting is used in the dropped ceilings over the check-out stations… and a new type of fluorescent lighting throughout the rest of the store gives twice as much light per square foot as what hag been available heretofore.

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Last, but not least, all meats will be weighed on completely automatic scales, and your change made on the new Change-Maker cash registers which tell you how much money you’ve coming back, and installed for the first time in a Piggly-Wiggly supermarket.

Covered, lighted walkways alongside the building provide protection from the weather, and shoppers may enter the building through electrically-operated doors on both sides as well as through the front entrance.


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