From Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — For a generation of Americans, summer sausages, cheeses, sweet hot mustard and crackers from Hickory Farms were enjoyed year-round. A holiday pop-up store in Trussville is sure to bring back a lot of delicious memories.
The company opened in 1959 and by 1980 had spread across the country. With locations in over 1,000 malls, and samples galore, it was the one store parents could drag their kids to without complaint. From Thanksgiving through New Years Day, every gathering of family and friends most likely included a spread from Hickory Farms.
By 2000, malls were disappearing and so were many of the stores. An Internet and mail order model emerged and the business continued to thrive. While the holiday pop-up stores are seasonally temporary, they give customers the instant gratification of walking out with their goodies and offer gift boxes that always please.
The Trussville Promenade II location near Kohls is stocked with all the traditional favorites and many new food items added over the years. Products can be purchased separately or combined at discounted prices. There are also a wide selection of gift boxes to fit any budget.
Store manager Kenny Wilcutt said the space is leased until January 8, but whether it remains open that long will largely depend on how the inventory holds out.