By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Bringing a well-known and popular eating place to Corinth, along with more jobs, are the benefits from Cracker Barrel officials announcing Friday that they are building a new restaurant in town.
Regional vice president Mark Romanko of Birmingham and district manager Jeff Tompkins of Memphis visited the site at 1900 U.S. Highway 72 near the intersection with U.S. Highway 45, where crews will begin construction Monday.
Construction usually takes about six months, so a grand opening can be expected about mid-June.
“Our guiding principle is pleasing people,” Romanko said. “We are committed to quality and freshness, that’s our brand. We look for cities with vibrant growth, and this city fits that mold. This town looks a lot like our first town, Lebanon, Tenn.”
Corinth will become one of the more than 625 stores the restaurant chain operates in 42 states, and it will bring about 190 jobs.
“This is a special day in Corinth,” said Mayor Tommy Irwin. “It’s another piece of growing our economy, and Cracker Barrel is a very special brand.”
A few dozen officials, including state Sen. Rita Parks, state Reps. Nick Bain and Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, Alcorn County Board of Supervisors President Lowell Hinton, Alliance President Gary Chandler and a number of other county, city and development officials welcomed all that the new business will bring to the community.
The first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant opened in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. Since then it has become known for country favorites like biscuits and gravy, turnip greens, hashbrown casserole and many other dishes, including breakfast.