Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. develops and operates the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company’s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD’s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of September 18, 2012, it operated 620 stores in 42 states. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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45th Aniversary


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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. announced today an operation milestone–its 45th Anniversary. Since the first Cracker Barrel opened in a small town in Middle Tennessee in 1969, the company has focused on Pleasing People by providing the finest quality home style food at a reasonable price and offering a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Cracker Barrel’s philosophy holds true as the company has experienced consistent growth and success since its inception 45 years ago.

A Look Back

Cracker Barrel was founded in 1969 as Founder Dan Evins began thinking of ways to better meet the needs of people traveling the roads. At that time, the interstate system was still young and goods and services were hard to come by and often not trusted. Evins became a pioneer, seeking to create a country store that served up some real American flavor – a place where guests could catch up with family, friends and thoughts.

Evin’s vision grew into a great business opportunity as Cracker Barrel became the first restaurant to situate itself directly off the interstates, ultimately making traveling easier on the big new highways.  Cracker Barrel became the official place for travelers looking for a clean, comfortable, relaxed place to stop-in for a good meal and shopping.  Since the beginning, Cracker Barrel stores have included a retail country store offering unique gifts and self-indulgences, many reminiscent of America’s country heritage.

Cracker Barrel realized there was a whole lot more interstate ahead of them and in 1981 the company went public with its stock. Growth continued and today the company owns and operates 633 stores in 42 states.


Cracker Barrel Facts

Today with more than 70,000 employees, Cracker Barrel has made a significant economic impact across the nation through job creation in hundreds of towns and communities.

Cracker Barrel serves nearly 600,000 guests a day, seven days a week. On a typical day, Cracker Barrel uses 70,000 pounds of flour to produce the made-from-scratch biscuits and dumplins.

Each store is decorated with authentic American memorabilia. There are about 90,000 pieces in the Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse and another 700,000 pieces of original décor in the stores.

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