News & Updates

Pope says Variety Wholesalers management change won’t affect store strategy

In a recent announcement, Variety Wholesalers stores announced that Bruce Efird will join the business as President and CEO. Longtime Variety veteran Wilson Sawyer has been promoted to President of the parent company, Variety Wholesalers Inc.  The leadership transition was covered in Triangle Business Journal…

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Art Pope’s Variety Wholesalers comes up Roses amid recent retail tumult

In July 2017, Variety Wholesalers Chairman Art Pope sat down with Business North Carolina magazine’s David Mildenberg to discuss his career, the future of Variety Wholesalers, and his Roses and Maxway stores.  The article appears in its entirety below. Art Pope’s Variety Wholesalers comes up…

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Roses store opening brings jobs to Brewton, Alabama

A new Roses store in Brewton, Ala., is expected to open on July 27 and employ about 20 people.  The store will be located in a former Wal-Mart’s building.  Roses is a store of Henderson, N.C.-based Variety Wholesalers, Inc, led by Chairman and CEO Art…

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About Art

James Arthur “Art” Pope (born May 5, 1956) is an American businessman, public servant, and philanthropist. He is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Variety Wholesalers, Inc., a company that operates over 350 retail stores in 15 states and employs approximately 7,000 people. Pope served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, from 1989 to 1992 and 1999 to 2002. He is also chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, a philanthropic foundation named after his father.

Philanthropy News

Bladen County project gets Pope Foundation support

RALEIGH – The John William Pope Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 grant to the White Oak School gymnasium revitalization project in Elizabethtown. “Buildings like the White Oak gymnasium are the backbone of many small communities,” said Art Pope, chairman of the John…

Pope Clinical Awards announced for UNC Lineberger physician-researchers

Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards.  Three physician-scientists in training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been honored for excellence in cancer-related research and in…

Raleigh Save-A-Lot opening brings awareness to local non-profits

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Variety Wholesalers CEO Art Pope, joined Variety Wholesalers President Wilson Sawyer to officially open the doors to their newest store venture, a Save-A-Lot grocery store at 1610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Raleigh. Several local representatives were on hand…