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2006/09/12 23:03:58 (permalink)

Stuckey's

I see signs for these while traveling south. I've never been to one. What type of food do they serve?
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    Ashphalt
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 10:15:21 (permalink)
    Wow! is Stuckey's still around? When I was a kid we frequently travelled in the South before the Interstates were completed and Stuckey's was kind-of the Southern equivalent of Howard Johnsons. Rather than ice cream their signature item was a pecan roll. I think they were one of those places that put up signs announcing miles to the next location (and to us kids, after 15 miles of tobacco fields a Stuckey's sign was exciting).

    I don't remember the food except that we ate at one once and my parents said never again (my Dad was much more of a local diner/cafe type). We used their bathrooms frequently and I remember that at least some of them had tacky gift shops with made in Japan 5&10 souvenir items, and, of course, pecan rolls.

    Is it still old roadside kitsch or have they tried to keep up with the times?
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 10:28:31 (permalink)

    Stuckeys Is just what Ashphalt described, a gas station, candy&snack store and ice cream (DQ) stand, usually in rural areas along a major highway. Home of the Pecan Roll and my source for GooGoo Clusters (the candy) when we travel. Hundreds of them have faded from the scene over the last 25 years, but there are still a few in operation in the South and along some Western Roads. The roof line of the buildings were unique and you can spot them all over the country now (with other businesses inside).
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 11:39:55 (permalink)
    http://www.stuckeys.com/
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 13:05:49 (permalink)
    They still have some in texas.I recall my dad talking about Stuckey's.It was in connection to maybe running one.I don't know how that would have worked.Course,it is just as well he never did whatever he had in mind,since he got very ill and would have had to quit.There is a Stucky's building on IH 10 near Boerne and Fair Oaks Ranch.But it is now something else.
    Also around here was Nickerson Farms.I guess they were like Stuckey's.One was near Marion on IH-10 East,which is now something else.And there was one on IH35 North several miles from New Braunfels on the way to Austin. There was even a Red Barn in Schertz here on IH35 North,but that location is now a Valero (aka Diamond Shamrock )store.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 13:13:49 (permalink)
    All the ones from the VA border to the GA border on I-85 are now porn shops.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 15:02:05 (permalink)
    They used to have really, really, REALLY good pecan milkshakes...but I noticed the last time I was South that all of them have merged with either Dairy Queen or Baskin Robbins. Ice cream is now sub-par.

    Do stop at the gas station and pick up some of the original Stuckey's pecan candies, though...any variety will do. They're still as good as I remember.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/13 18:29:56 (permalink)

    Stuckeys - we "have" one here in Chipley, but it's just a section of their
    boxed candies in an Express Lane/Applefields convenience store.
    Nickerson Farms - were prevalent in the Midwest, mostly linked up with Sohio
    or Marathon Oil outlets....there was an old NF building just off I-65/exit 117
    at Shepherdsville, KY, just south of Louisville. (probably long gone by now!)
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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/14 11:23:45 (permalink)
    the modern stuckey's is nothing compared to what they were.

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    RE: Stuckey's 2006/09/16 23:40:03 (permalink)
    The best things I've gotten at Stuckey's are the canned dry roasted pecans and salted pecans (prepared like cocktail peanuts) - yummy! Of course, GooGoo Clusters are pretty good, too...
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/05/27 22:54:45 (permalink)
    Most of the original Stuckey's in Georgia are closed. The Unadilla store (I-75, Exit 121) went out of business last summer, and the owner of the Sycamore location (I-75, Exit 75) told me back in December that they were leasing their building out at the beginning of 2007. I haven't been back yet to see if it's still a Stuckey's.

    -Dale

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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/05/28 20:38:05 (permalink)
    There are locations on I-40 and I-70 that still serve the East-West Traveler. If you have never stopped at a Stuckeys it ought to be on a list of things to do before they all disappear. Even the newer ones have an atmosphere that differs from the usual convenience store gas stop we find at most interchanges.

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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/05/28 20:43:56 (permalink)
    There's one at exit 127 on I-24 in Tennessee. I've been told that it was the seventh store in the original chain. There must have been 200 of them back in the fifties.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/06/01 18:11:52 (permalink)
    Yes, that's the one in Pelham, Tennessee. My wife and I are taking a roadtrip to South Carolina in two weeks, stopping at every Stuckey's on I-95 to get pictures for the Blue Roof Chasers website, a photographic record of the chain. So far we have pictures of most of the Stuckey's in Georgia, one in Texas, and one in New Mexico. Next year we are going to Florida, and possibly Alabama. Please check out the site, and snap a few pics next time you pass a Stuckey's! Happy trails! :-)

    -Dale
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    mayor al
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/06/01 21:42:35 (permalink)

    Do you want photos of the buildings that USED TO BE Stuckey's? That roofline really stands out in a lot of places.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/06/01 22:15:46 (permalink)
    Yes, any building that is, or used to be a Stuckeys (Bob Cara of stuckonstuckeys.com calls them Former Stuckey's Buildings, or FSBs for short. In fact, I just received an e-mail with four really great Stuckey's pictures! The first submissions since I launched the site a week ago! :-)

    -Dale
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/12/26 13:42:14 (permalink)
    On route 404 in Maryland, on the way to the MD and DE beaches, there is a small town called Denton and a billboard along the highway advertises a "Stuckey's".......I've stopped at this place numerous times and cannot figure out why it calls itself Stuckey's. There is an Arby's inside, a Tiger Mart and an Exxon station.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/12/26 18:26:40 (permalink)
    frogger67,

    There were once 350 Stuckey's highways stops. So, there are a lot of abandoned billboards out there. That stop you mentioned in Denton, MD does not appear on Stuckey's store locator. However, it appears on Goose Creek (convenience) Food Stores' store locator:
    http://www.gogoosecreek.com/locations.htm

    I think it is safe to say that the only reason any Stuckey's are still around is that they have adapted to changing times. You can even buy their signature confectionary and snack items on the Internet these days.

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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/12/26 18:52:52 (permalink)
    I just added another Stuckey's to my website over the weekend- the magnificent store in Hope Hull, Alabama.

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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/12/28 20:57:35 (permalink)

    The well-known "Dixie Truck Stop" in Mclean Illinois, famous as a rest stop on Rt 66 (I-55) between Chicago and St Louis has a Stuckey's in the lobby/store area in front of the restaurant. All the usual pecan candies are there.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2007/12/28 22:37:09 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by blue_roof_chaser

    Yes, any building that is, or used to be a Stuckeys (Bob Cara of stuckonstuckeys.com calls them Former Stuckey's Buildings, or FSBs for short. In fact, I just received an e-mail with four really great Stuckey's pictures! The first submissions since I launched the site a week ago! :-)

    -Dale


    FYI, back in the late '50s or very early '60s, a Stuckeys store was built on the corner of Far Knoll Drive and US Hwy #22 in Whitehouse, NJ. It was, in fact, my school bus stop. I'm not sure when exactly it went out of business, but the building still stands and houses, possibly, a "diner". I remember the manager telling me that it was the most northern of all the stores in the chain. I just found it on Google maps with a very good aerial closeup on the satellite view. I don't think the building has changed much, if at all. pb
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/20 17:39:54 (permalink)
    Today I drove down to the Sycamore store, the last authentic Stuckey's in the state of Georgia. Last year it was sold or leased out by the previous owner, and is now under the leadership of a very distrusting Indian guy who watched us like we were going to steal something the whole time that we were there. It made for a very unpleasant visit to a store that was once a warm and inviting place for travelers to stop on their vacation.

    I liked this Stuckey's much better under the original ownership. The lady who used to work here was very nice, and she let me take all the pictures of the building that I wanted. I made this trip for two reasons: (1) To buy a tacky present for my birthday yesterday, and (2) To get a picture of me standing in front of the building (which I neglected to do on my previous visits). Needless to say, it didn't happen, although I did snap a good inside shot of the store when Habib wasn't looking, as well as two more pictures outside. My wife didn't feel comfortable after we left the building, and reported that he kept staring at our car outside.

    So even though I spent nearly $30 on merchandise, I don't feel that my mere presence as a shopper warranted the hostile gaze that followed my every move the whole time. As much as I love and cherish the friendly, All-American legacy of the Stuckey's franchise, I don't recommend visiting the store at Exit 75 in Sycamore unless you don't mind being treated like a common shoplifter. Sad as it is for me to say, this IS the last real Stuckey's in Georgia.

    -Dale Dassel
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/20 17:57:24 (permalink)
    I remember liking their hot dogs when we were on the road. They buttered and grilled the buns and I thought that was pretty exotic back then.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/20 19:29:43 (permalink)
    I stopped today at a former Stuckey's which is now a Dairy Queen. The reason I know that is their architecture is still the same. It is now owned by some very nice east Indian couple who sell Dairy Queen products along with the same stuff that Stuckey's use to sell such as pecan logs, alligator heads and various others stuff.

    I recall Stuckey's during the 50's being on top of their game. No longer.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/20 20:09:36 (permalink)
    Yeah, it really is a shame what has become of the franchise. But there are still a few diamonds in the rough that I have found (Summerton, SC and Hope Hull, AL), and even more that I've read about (Pelham, TN; Grand Bay, AL; and several in Florida). You're lucky to have a good one nearby. Our closest one is 75 miles away.

    What is the exact location of the former Stuckey's/ DQ that you visited? Is it actually *in* Knoxville, or along the Interstate somewhere nearby? I like to find and tag all Stuckey's and FSBs on my Google Earth satellite map.

    -Dale
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/20 20:30:33 (permalink)

    I recall seeing a few on I-65 in Southern Tennessee and Alabama. We will list them when we head south next month.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/20 22:00:08 (permalink)
    Great! Looking forward to it!
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/21 05:44:00 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by blue_roof_chaser

    Yeah, it really is a shame what has become of the franchise. But there are still a few diamonds in the rough that I have found (Summerton, SC and Hope Hull, AL), and even more that I've read about (Pelham, TN; Grand Bay, AL; and several in Florida). You're lucky to have a good one nearby. Our closest one is 75 miles away.

    What is the exact location of the former Stuckey's/ DQ that you visited? Is it actually *in* Knoxville, or along the Interstate somewhere nearby? I like to find and tag all Stuckey's and FSBs on my Google Earth satellite map.


    -Dale


    It was in Florida just a couple of exits south of Wildwood, FL. I was enroute to Naples, FL.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/21 15:24:05 (permalink)
    I've been going to Stuckey's for along time mostly when traveling down South. I was just there on Sat. the one in Mappsville, VA off US 13. I usually buy the Pecans and the Pecan Log but we decided to eat there it was cheap and good. My brother got the Chicken and Dumplings Special included roll,mashed potatoes(instant)and collard greens. He liked it.My sis got a Crab Cake Sandwich she also liked it and I got the BBQ Sandwich with Cole Slaw,it was packed with pulled pork and the hot sauce in their squeeze bottle was good.It was good and only $4.00 with tax. We also got Lrg. Fry and Lrg Soda(free refils) Total Bill $19.00. I also got one to go for my husband it was bigger than mine.
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    RE: Stuckey's 2008/01/23 12:20:43 (permalink)
    As a kid, we used to stop all the time on the road at them. I honestly don't remember ever eating at one other than getting some candy or something. What I remember getting all the time were those activity books that had the special invisible marker. That was all we had. Today it is DVDs and video games.
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