• January 20, 2021
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for our First Luncheon of 2021 IN PERSON at Piedmont Church on Jan 20th from 11:30 – 1:00 PM Catered by 1885 Grill and Sponsored by ASC Group.

 

About our Speaker: Stephanie Stuckey – CEO

Here today, here tomorrow

If you’re of an age to remember tourist camps, Burma Shave signs, and two-lane blacktops – or even gas lines, Pintos, and crackling AM radio — chances are you remember the sprawling Stuckey’s empire: A venerable roadside oasis — and a highway heaven of souvenirs, cold drinks, hot snacks, and pecan candy — marked by the pitched roof and teal blue shingles.

Who could forget the pecan divinity, flavored pecans, and most of all the celebrated Stuckey’s Pecan Log Roll, a heavenly inspired creation of Mrs. Ethel Stuckey herself? Based on a secret mix of powdered sugar, white molasses, and roasted nuts, that mouth-watering miracle of fluffy white sweetness covered in its own deep coating of crushed select pecans became the soul and spirit of the store and the number one reason for families to stop… well, along with using the restrooms, gassing up the car, and having a snack and a soft drink, of course.

Soon after our founding, however, Stuckey’s became more than a pecan log roller. From the late 30’s to the early 70’s, the teal blue roof was as famous then as the golden arches are today.

Sadly, in the late 70’s, the empire began to dwindle when Stuckey’s was purchased by a large corporation and became trapped in a time warp. Of the 350-plus locations operating in our heyday, the number dropped to a handful of stores.

In 1984, W.S. “Billy” Stuckey, Jr., son of the founder and a five-term Congressman from the 8th District of Georgia, acquired the company and began to turn the company around.  Under Stuckey Jr.’s helm, the Stuckey’s Express – or store within a store – concept was launched, and the company expanded to over 115 franchised locations on the interstate highways spanning 17 states from Pennsylvania to Florida in the East and to Texas in the West.

In November of 2019, Ethel “Stephanie” Stuckey, Billy’s daughter, took over as President and CEO of Stuckey’s.  Stephanie aims to continue the legacy started by her grandparents of providing a fun and quality experience for the roadside traveler through our brick-and-mortar locations, as well as expanding markets for Stuckey’s pecan products via e-commerce and other outlets.

Those who remember the Stuckey’s of yesterday will smile with approval on the Stuckey’s of today. It’s a sure bet that W.S. Stuckey, Sr. would, too.