Stuckey's

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Stuckey's
TypePrivate
IndustryRestaurants
Founded1937
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Key peopleW. S. Stuckey, Sr.,
W.S. Stuckey, Jr.
ProductsCandy, novelties, food, fuel
Websitehttp://www.stuckeys.com
 
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Stuckey's
TypePrivate
IndustryRestaurants
Founded1937
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Key peopleW. S. Stuckey, Sr.,
W.S. Stuckey, Jr.
ProductsCandy, novelties, food, fuel
Websitehttp://www.stuckeys.com

Stuckey's is a roadside convenience store chain found on highways throughout the United States. Stores are concentrated in the Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest, although operations have existed as far east as Connecticut and as far west as Oregon.[1] Stuckey's Corporation, the company operating the chains, has its headquarters in Silver Spring, unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland.[2]

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History

Early days

Stuckey’s originated in the early 1930s in Eastman, Georgia. When founder W. S. Stuckey, Sr., had a successful pecan harvest from his family's orchard he decided to offer a portion of the crop for sale in a lean-to roadside shed. Many Florida-bound tourists traveling U.S. Route 23 stopped to purchase the pecans.

Stuckey's advertisement from 1976 Rand McNally Road Atlas

As the roadside business continued to expand, Stuckey's wife, Ethel, created a variety of homemade pecan candies to sell at the stand, including pecan log rolls and pecan divinity. In 1937, the first physical Stuckey’s building was constructed. Much like the former roadside lean-to, the new business focused on selling these Southern candies to highway travelers. This first Stuckey’s shop added a restaurant, then a novelty section, and then gas pumps. The final addition was a teal blue roof (which would later become the company's trademark). Up until the onset of World War II, Stuckey’s continued to open stores in Georgia and Florida. The number of stores declined somewhat during WWII due to the effects of wartime sugar rationing.

After WWII ended, the Stuckey’s business once again began to grow and a number of new franchises were sold. A candy factory was constructed to supply an eventual 350-plus Stuckey's stores located throughout the continental United States. As the post-war baby boom took off and families began to travel across the country by car more often, Stuckey's continued to grow financially as they were almost always constructed along large highways and usually were paired with Texaco gas stations as well as restaurants and clean restrooms.[3]

A modern Stuckey's/BP in Yeehaw Junction, Florida

Downfall, then rise

In 1960, W. S. Stuckey attempted to create a hotel chain called Stuckey's Carriage Inn, but opened only four locations. In 1967, Stuckey's merged with Pet Milk.[4]

The company at its peak had over 350 locations, which dwindled to fewer than 75 after a decline in the late 1970s under ownership by Pet. It was repurchased by former Congressman W.S. Stuckey, Jr., in 1985. It currently has over 200 franchise stores in 19 states.[5]

References

  1. ^ About Stuckey's
  2. ^ "Contact Stuckey's." Stuckey's. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Detailed History of Stuckey's
  4. ^ Staff (09-02-1964). "PET MILK PLANS BIG EXPANSION; Buys Stuckey's, Franchise Concern, for $12 Million COMPANIES PLAN SALES, MERGERS". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Stuckey's History

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