Thanks to Wrens plant, iconic Stuckey’s chain has sights on future

Published: Feb. 17, 2023 at 9:04 PM EST
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WRENS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - If you’ve passed through Wrens, you may have seen a big yellow sign for Stuckey’s, the iconic roadside chain known for candy and pecan log rolls.

Business is booming, and now the owners want to expand operations and bring dozens of jobs into the area. We stopped by for a sweet treat, and to ask why they chose to expand.

Stuckey’s future is here.

“What we’re banking on in our strategic plan for the future, is manufacturing product that is made right here in Wrens, Ga., in Jefferson County,” says Stephanie Stuckey, CEO and co-owner of Stuckey’s.

About three years ago, she bought the company her grandfather created.

“My grandfather sold Stuckey’s in 1964 and what followed were decades of outside management, and frankly the brand suffered greatly. We lost hundreds of stores,” Stuckey says.

After becoming CEO, she brought a new approach most of the focus now is on manufacturing Stuckey’s signature products.

The company bought a plant in Wrens in 2021.

Stuckey says, “And that’s been the secret to our comeback. The company has gone from six figures in debt to we closed out last year with over $13 million in sales, and the future looks bright for us.”

Stuckey says they’ve outgrown the Wrens facility, that’s why they’re expanding and adding at least 50 more jobs.

“We love the whole area in Augusta. My business partner lives in Augusta, there’s a great workforce, there are people here who are committed to growing with us,” Stuckey says.

Stuckey is leading her family’s company into the future. And that future is in Wrens.