C&S Wholesale Grocers was founded in 1918 in Worcester, Massachusets, by Israel Cohen and Abraham Siegel. The company began as a small grocery distribution center and warehouse in a three story building. The original location on Winter Street was ruined in a flood in 1929, forcing the company to relocate. The new location was larger, however, which proved beneficial as the company grew substantially in the following 10 years.
After C&S began serving the large supermarket chain Big D starting in 1958, the company grew even larger. Today, C&S Wholesale Grocers has 50 distribution centers in 15 states. The company had annual revenue in 2013 of $21.7 billion and employs more than 14,000 people.
C&S Wholesale Grocers acquired Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company in October of 2014 for $9.3 million.