MEDFORD, Ore. -- Country cookin' is on its way to Medford! Today, Cracker Barrel representatives welcomed the Chamber of Medford, city representatives and community members to celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Part of the ceremony included Cracker Barrel staff presenting a check to the Rogue Valley Veterans Community Outreach.
"As part of our efforts in the community, we are proud to donate $5,000 to Rouge Valley Veterans Community Outreach to support the veterans and their families in southern Oregon," said Medford Cracker Barrel General Manager Sarah Slizoski.
Slizoski says part of Cracker Barrel's mission is to provide community outreach. It has plans to work with the Rogue Valley Airport and local hotels.
Slizoski says staff has been training for weeks to get ready for the opening and that nearly 200 jobs were created with the opening. The new space is 10 thousand square feet with memorabilia specific to Medford's agricultural roots.
“Not only are they providing the historic memorabilia of Medford inside their store and telling that story to travelers down the I-5 corridor, but they’re also contributing to our community,” said Medford City Council President Michael Zarosinki.
When guests walk in, they'll be met with a country goods store that feels like you're taking a step into a rustic antique shop. It's full of everything from candy, decorations, to jewelry, sweaters, accessories for man's best friend and much more.
“It’s a great experience. You can’t get this anywhere else," said Slizoski. "You’re really treated like it’s a home away from home. Like you’re a friend or family walking through the door."
Cracker Barrel will open its doors to patrons on Monday, October 22 at 6 a.m.