June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Dave Martin

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography


Dave Martin
Owner of Piggly Wiggly, Coligny Plaza

Dave Martin began working at his dad’s grocery store when he was nine years old. It’s been an over 50-year run of taking care of the grocery needs of residents and visitors in the heart of Hilton Head Island’s tourist district, Coligny Plaza. Islanders know that Dave Martin will be the last one to close before a hurricane evacuation and the first one to open again. His charitable spirit is unmatched, and during the recent pandemic, regulars can attest to the fact that Dave’s was probably the only store in town that consistently had bleach, toilet paper and paper towels. We love you Dave Martin!

What question are you most frequently asked by our visitors, and what is your answer?
Where is the bread? It’s on aisle 10.

If you could advise our visitors to do just one thing while they were here, what would it be?
Go watch the sunrise on the beach and think about what a beautiful place this would be to live.

What do you sell more than any other item?
Shrimp! Fresh local shrimp.

How long have you lived in the Lowcountry, and what do you love most about living here?
I’ve been here 51 years, and what I love most about Hilton Head is that it is a small town. Love a small town.

Favorite annual event or festival?
My favorite event is July Fourth fireworks. We’re in the middle of the summer, halfway through the season, and we’re just having a great time!

Unofficial Poll: Where do most of our visitor’s hail from?
OHIO!

You’ve been here a long time Dave; what business do you miss most from the past?
The Golden Rose! That place was A LOT of fun.

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