News & Updates

Pope Included in Bi-partisan Hurricane Recovery Committee

Former state budget director and businessman Art Pope has been added to a bi-partisan Hurricane Matthew recovery committee that includes former North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue. From the Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press on November 1, 2016 McCrory: Hurricane relief timetable includes special session Gov….


Variety Wholesalers bringing 320 jobs to Coweta County, Georgia

In an August 29, 2016 article with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, it was announced that Variety Wholesalers is investing $10.5 million to open a distribution center in west central Georgia, about 40 miles outside of Atlanta.  Art Pope is CEO and Chairman of Variety Wholesalers….


Charlotte Business Journal: An Interview with Art Pope

In a August 10, 2016 interview with Charlotte Business Journal’s Erik Spanberg, businessman Art Pope discussed a variety of issues facing North Carolina including HB2, Medicaid expansion, tax policy and the UNC system.   The entire interview can be found below or online with Charlotte…


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…