Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel to open location at
I-71 and Hwy. 227 in Carrollton

By Don Ward

CARROLLTON, Ky. (August 2006) – Details are being finalized for the establishment of a new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location at the intersection of I-71 and Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.

Retail development construction site

Photo by Don Ward

Construction is under way for a retail development site at the intersection of
I-71 and Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.

Jim Taylor, the company’s marketing communications manager, confirmed the news for RoundAbout, saying in a statement: “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is very interested in the possibility of expansion in the Carrollton community. There are still some details to work through before a final decision can be made. In the meantime, we’re very grateful for the welcoming atmosphere and high level of cooperation that we have received from community leaders.”
Construction is already under way for a retail development at the location. The Cracker Barrel is expected to go in as part of the development, which sits across Hwy. 227 from the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Carrollton. The I-71 exit is only 14 miles from the Kentucky Speedway at exit 57 in Gallatin County. Cracker Barrel is known for it close marketing alliance with NASCAR, and race car items are sold in its gift shops throughout the country.
“There was some talk that Cracker Barrel would go in at Sparta near the race track, but I guess they decided it would be better here, since there are hotels and shops and restaurants in Carrollton, and there isn’t much at the exit in Sparta,” said Bonnie Wheeler, who manages the nearby Holiday Inn and Days Inn and also sits on the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission Board.
“It will be better for us now that they have decided to come here.”
Cracker Barrel will join the growing list of businesses and restaurants that have opened along the busy Hwy. 227.

Cracker Barrel Store

Photo provided

Cracker Barrel operates
more than 535 company-owned locations in 41 states.

The road was widened two years ago to three lanes to accommodate the growth. The area is a popular stop for travelers, since it is about halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, based in Lebanon, Tenn., was founded in 1969 by Dan W. Evins. The first store featured a gas station. The company went public in 1980.
Since then, the restaurant chain has grown to 535 company-owned locations in 41 states and approximately 70,000 employees, according to the company’s website.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring home-style comfort foods and a retail store that offers a wide selection of gifts, music and packaged foods.
Cracker Barrel estimates that it serves 1,200 guests per day per restaurant, with $4.2 million in annual sales at each location. It is publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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