News & Updates

Roses Express to Open Cheraw Store

From the Cheraw Chronicle (December 9, 2015) A Roses Express store will open in Cheraw early next year, owner and operator Variety Wholesalers Inc. announced Monday. The store will be located at 524 Chesterfield Highway near Cheraw High School and plans to hire 30 to 40 employees….


Pope Foundation awards $100,000 to Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

From the John William Pope Foundation January 12, 2016 RALEIGH, N.C. –The John William Pope Foundation has announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will receive $100,000 for a youth orchestra…


Art Pope announces support of Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picked up another big-name donor in the presidential race on Thursday, this time one from North Carolina. Art Pope, a philanthropist and CEO of Variety Wholesalers, said he would support Rubio’s campaign in the GOP primary and in the general election….


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…