December 09, 2016
New Albany's Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is set to employ 175 people when it opens in May.
Company Corporate Communications Manager Breeanna Straessle said it was official the restaurant was coming to New Albany, with construction beginning Nov. 7. The projected opening date is May 2017 with 175 full and part-time employees.
The building, which will cost around $2 million, will encompass more than 10,000 square feet and can comfortably fit 180 diners simultaneously.
Straessle said the stores will have antique decor - no replicas - on the walls. She said the antics will be modified to fit the history of the local community. Straessle said the design team will soon start work on the store since the construction phase has started.
The New Albany restaurant will be located near the Hampton Inn, off Highway 30 West and Coulter Drive. It'll be the fifth Cracker Barrel restaurant in northern Mississippi - Horn Lake, Corinth, Columbus, Batesville and Tupelo.
During the fiscal 2016 years, ending July 29, the restaurant earned a revenue total of $2.91 billion, which is a 2.5 percent increase from the year before. In 2015, the company earned $181.7 million dollars.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store started operations in Lebanon, Tenn. in 1969. Dan Ervins, company founder, had wanted a better way to serve travelers' needs from his family gas station. Much of the food along interstate exits were fast food. He felt more people would appreciate the comfort old country stores exhibited. There are roughly 640 restaurants and stores in 43 states; 13 restaurants in the entire state of Mississippi.