Trade Cracker Barrel
cracking old country store, Inc. is an American chain of restaurants and gift shops with a southern country theme. The company was founded by Dan Evans in 1969. It was her first store in Lebanon, Tennessee. The corporate offices are located in a different facility in the same city. The chain stores were initially located near interstate highways in the southeastern United States and the Midwest, but expanded across the country during the 1990s and 2000s. As of September 1, 2019, the chain operates 660 stores in 45 states. The barrel cracking menu is based on traditional Southern cuisine, with its appearance and décor designed to resemble an old-fashioned general store. Each site features a front porch lined with wooden rocking chairs, a stone fireplace and decorative antiques from the local area. Cracker barrel partners with country music artists. She participates in charitable activities, such as her assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina and injured veterans. during the early 1990s, the company became the subject of controversy when founder and CEO Dan Evans developed an official company policy prohibiting the employment of any individual "sexual preferences fail to show normal values of both sexes." After a widespread public outcry and major shareholders such as the New York City employee retirement system that threatens to vote on the entire top management, the company reversed this policy. Over the following decade, Cracker Barrel continued to stir controversy by promoting public and private even discriminatory practices against female employees and minorities, which violated the company's own non-discrimination policy. In July 2001, Evans was stripped of his position as president and CEO of the company, replacing him with Michael A. Woodhouse, then chief operating officer of the company. He allowed Evans to retain his position as Chairman of the Board. In the same year, shareholders forced the company's board of directors to vote unanimously to add sexual orientation to Cracker Barrel's non-discrimination policy, with the term to be formally added the following year.