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EatingOxford: Cracker Barrel Opens In New Albany

At a special preview event for area business leaders held Friday, May 19, HottyToddy.com enjoyed a first look at the new Cracker Barrel, which is now open at 319 Coulter Cove in New Albany.
The new location brings 195 new jobs to New Albany and marks the 14th Mississippi outpost for the company, which boasts nearly 650 locations nationwide.

Attendees were served a Sunshine Sampler plate with biscuits and were present for the official ribbon cutting and speeches given by area representatives including New Albany Mayor Tim Kent, Union County Development Association (UCDA) executive director Phil Nanney, and Cracker Barrel New Albany general manager Dane Thomsen.

“Eight years ago when I took the position at UCDA, there were two things that people told me,” Nanney said. “We need a grocery store, and we want a Cracker Barrel. Well, we’re working on a grocery store, and guess what? We have a Cracker Barrel!”
The 10,000 square-foot restaurant and retail store offers everything you’d expect from a neighborhood Cracker Barrel—breakfast all day; lunch and dinner starting at 11:00 a.m.; shopping for nostalgic candy and gifts in the old country store, and plenty of iconic Cracker Barrel rockers for relaxing on the patio.
“New Albany is a really special, vibrant community that’s growing rapidly, which was very appealing to us,” Thomsen said. “The community also has a lot of the qualities we’re looking for in our employees and guests, so it made it a perfect fit.”

For those visiting from Oxford, Thomsen reminds everyone that New Albany is just a short drive away. 
“We pride ourselves on getting everyone in and out quickly,” Thomsen said. “There shouldn’t be a long wait time, and if there is, there are a lot of great things in our shop to look at while you wait.”
Cracker Barrel’s New Albany store is located at 319 Coulter Cove and open Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.  

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Liz Barrett Foster is the EatingOxford editor for HottyToddy.com, an award-winning business journalist and author of the recently published Pizza: A Slice of American History. Liz ran the popular restaurant information site EatingOxford.com from 2009 to 2015. Liz can be reached at liz.foster@hottytoddy.com.
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