Stuckey: The Biography of Williamson Sylvester Stuckey

Stuckey: The Biography of Williamson Sylvester Stuckey

by Elizabeth McCants Drinnon
     
 

Stuckey is the Horatio Alger story of the life of Williamson Sylvester Stuckey. Born on a farm near Eastman in Dodge County, Georgia, in 1909, he came of age at the dawning of the Great Depression. Dropping out of the University of Georgia, he went home to the farm to plow a mule. He borrowed $35 from his grandmother and built a roadside shack to sell pecans and,…  See more details below

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Stuckey is the Horatio Alger story of the life of Williamson Sylvester Stuckey. Born on a farm near Eastman in Dodge County, Georgia, in 1909, he came of age at the dawning of the Great Depression. Dropping out of the University of Georgia, he went home to the farm to plow a mule. He borrowed $35 from his grandmother and built a roadside shack to sell pecans and, later, candy. Thus was the inauspicious beginning of a multi-million dollar chain that was eventually to stretch from coast to coast and number 350 stores. Stuckey, as he was known by everyone, never forgot his humble beginnings. When convenience and fast-food stores were still decades away, Stuckey was incorporating the one-stop shopping concept in his stores. When integration in the South was still years away, black tourists planned their travels so they could use restrooms at Stuckey stores. He also pioneered the use of franchisees to manage his stores. This biography tells how Stuckey lifted himself by his bootstraps to see his name become a legendary household word.

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Tells the rags-to-riches story of a Georgian who built a Depression- era roadside stand into a multimillion dollar chain of stores. Big Daddy Stuckey was ahead of his time with one-stop shopping, integrated rest rooms, and the use of franchisees to manage his stores. Draws on personal interviews with family members relating fond memories, and includes b&w photos. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780865545694
Publisher:
Mercer University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
131
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.72(d)

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