News & Updates

Variety Wholesalers on Top 50 List in Triangle Biz Journal

In the October 8 edition of the Triangle Business Journal, Variety Wholesalers was listed as the fifth largest privately held entity in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. Variety Wholesalers is owned and operated by the Pope Family, with Art Pope serving as Chairman and CEO of the company….


Uncovering Jane Mayer’s Big Lie

Published in National Review Online August 12, 2021. Jane Mayer’s Conspiracy Theory of Lies By ART POPE & RICK GRABER August 12, 2021 6:30 AM Here we go again.Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, purports to expose another plot by the Right to take over American politics and governance….


Belks, Close families back big new Charlotte investment group

Art Pope is named a board member for New Republic Partners, which is a Charlotte-based investment management and wealth advisory business with backing from the Belk, Close and Bowles families. Business North Carolina, By David Mildenberg, February 16, 2021 Veteran N.C. banker Ralph Strayhorn and money…


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…