Larry is our own resident archivist, anthropologist and Americana aficionado; he’s an important part of what makes every Cracker Barrel so special.
It all started with a family antique shop. Larry's parents, Kathleen and Don, were friends of Dan Evins, Cracker Barrel founder. As Dan was preparing to open the very first Cracker Barrel in 1969, he asked Kathleen and Don to dig into their antique shop and help with the decorating. And dig they did.
As the number of stores grew, so did the need for more décor, and the Singletons continued to be the primary source. Larry remembers going to endless antique shows and flea markets as a boy. Ask him if he enjoyed the shows back then, and he’ll tell you, "No, I didn’t. It's hard for a 10-year-old kid to enjoy himself for more than an hour or two at an auction."
Even so, antique collecting stayed in his blood. Larry's permanent involvement with Cracker Barrel started in 1979. Don and Kathleen were still collecting decorative items for the rapidly expanding chain when Kathleen was diagnosed with cancer. While Don cared for her, Larry stepped in to keep the family business going and to help Cracker Barrel keep the old country store look and feel.
In 1981, Larry came on as a full-time Cracker Barrel employee, and has been here ever since. As a result of his hard work, the Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse has become somewhat famous among collectors, housing thousands of different pieces, all ready and waiting to be shipped out to stores.
Needless to say, Larry has a keen eye for anything that’ll fit into the look and feel of a Cracker Barrel. We try to make every Cracker Barrel feel like an old-fashioned country store. If you would’ve seen it in a country store, you'll probably see something like it at a Cracker Barrel," says Larry.