This MALL HALL OF FAME feature will start with an abbreviated history of the supermarket. Hopefully, the most important details will be included. Those seeking a more detailed history of the American food retail business may want to consult "A Quick History of the Supermarket" on the excellent GROCETERIA site.

For our article, we zero in on the supermarket as it related to early car culture shopping centers and shopping malls built in the USA during the 1950s and '60s. The story should probably begin with the introduction of the so-called self-service food market. This took place September 6, 1916, in Memphis, Tennessee. Clarence Saunders, a River City entrepreneur, opened the original Piggly Wiggly market, which was the first in the nation to operate with the so-called "self-service" format.