A story by Stephanie Stuckey
Part 1 - A simple beginning
On an early morning in May of 2020, I found myself both nervously and excitedly waiting for customers to walk through the door of Stuckey’s in Perry, Georgia. While I was waiting, I also went around the store making sure that the boxes of our world-famous pecan log rolls and pecan divinity bars were at eye-level for adults and the rubber alligators and tomahawks and wooden pop guns would be at eye level for their children.
This was special for me because this would be the first Stuckey’s to be opened in years. It was also our first store opening since I first brought the Stuckey’s brand back into the family fold and became its CEO in November 2019. It was special because my sister’s son, William Putnam, was manager of the store and co-owner along with my mother, Ethelynn Stuckey.
As I milled about checking on the nostalgic candy display -- a virtual trip through my childhood past with candy cigarettes, ZotZ fizzies, pop rocks, and Nik-L-Nip wax candy bottle drinks -- I wondered if this is how my grandfather felt as he put the final nails into that first lean-to shack and piled up those burlap sacks of pecans leftover from an exceptionally good season his first year of business. Was he a little nervous and excited when that first car pulled up and bought that first burlap sack of pecans?
After all, there were a lot of things for my grandfather, 29-year-old William Sylvester Stuckey (or just “Stuckey” to everybody who was his friend -- and my grandfather had a lot of them) to be nervous and excited about when he first put together that lean-to and that first car pulled up in 1937.
Photo Credit: Stuckey's Corp
Stay tuned for Part 2 - My Grandfather