Cracker Barrel Founder Dies

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM EDT

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Cracker Barrel Founder Dies

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM EDT

(Cracker Barrel news release) Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. on Monday extended condolences to the family of Founder and Chairman Emeritus Dan (Danny) W. Evins, who died Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn. at age 76.

In remembering Danny, Cracker Barrel Executive Chairman Michael A. Woodhouse expressed his sympathy and said, "I first met Danny when I joined Cracker Barrel in 1995 and knew immediately what a rare individual he was. Danny was a straight-shooter and dedicated to authenticity. It was an honor and a responsibility that I took seriously to follow Danny as CEO, and then as Chairman when he retired." Woodhouse added, "Danny was the keeper of this special brand for so many, many years, and he left us with a strong culture that values quality and honesty. He will be missed deeply."

Cracker Barrel President & Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran said, "Cracker Barrel has remained true to Danny's vision in many ways, including the insistence on quality products at a fair price, and on genuine Southern hospitality. How Danny thought about his guests and his business from the beginning is captured in ‘Pleasing People,' our mission statement." She added, "We will continue to protect the concept and honor Danny's legacy by staying true to the brand and to the principles that were there at the beginning."

Evins served as Chief Executive Officer from 1969 to 2001, and as Chairman of the Board until he retired in 2004, at which time he became Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Cracker Barrel Founders Board.

Read the entire news release HERE.