This holiday season, it only feels right to look back on the many blessings, honors and privileges we’ve been afforded in the past year. As a family-owned company, we always want to remember what’s important in life and to recognize that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and encouragement of countless people who have helped us along the way. So, without further ado, here’s a roundup of what we’re thankful for — and Puckett’s fried turkey goes without saying!

We started off the year with big plans for expanding the company into new areas. In the spring, we announced plans to open a fifth Puckett’s Gro. on the Murfreesboro Square, which will open early next year. We are so excited to be a part of the community there and can’t wait to fling open our doors!

The summer was extra busy for us as we opened Scout’s Pub in Westhaven and Hattie Jane’s Creamery in Columbia within a month of each other. What a whirlwind! Luckily, we have amazing teams at both concepts who helped us pull it off! Oh, and did we mention we’re turning around and opening a second Hattie Jane’s in Murfreesboro, too?

Not long after we got the two newbies up and running, we broke the news that we’d be expanding our footprint in downtown Nashville with a “New South” steakhouse concept in late 2017! We have yet to name this one, but some think it’s our most exciting venture to date. Stay tuned!

We were blown away in August to have been named for the third year in a row to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (and the 5th fastest-growing in Tennessee!) WOW! When we look back on our grocery store roots in the small town of Leiper’s Fork, we are truly amazed at how far we’ve come and appreciate every single member of our team for their tireless efforts in getting us here.

In September, Puckett’s Gro. placed in the top three of The Tennessean’s Toast of Music City Awards in the “Best Meat & Three” category and we’ll tell you what — the competition was stiff! It’s always an honor to be in the running with some of Middle Tennessee’s most renowned eateries, and we sure had a good time meeting other restaurant folks at the awards ceremony!

While we’re proud of our growth and the awards our company and restaurants receive, but we LOVE to brag on the outstanding people who make up our team! The following awards were given to members of our A. Marshall Family this past year:

Nashville Business Journal “Women of Influence” Award (Jan 2016)
Claire Crowell, COO, Family Business Category

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s Inaugural Outside of the Box Award (Feb 2016)
Claire Crowell, COO

Nashville Business Journal Williamson County IMPACT (Mar 2016)
Andy Marshall, CEO and Claire Crowell, COO

Greater Nashville Hospitality Association Stars of the Industry Awards (June 2016)
Autumn Friese, Restaurant Manager of the Year, Puckett’s 5th & Church

Greater Nashville Hospitality Association Stars of the Industry Awards (June 2016)
Claire Crowell, COO, Young Professional Emerging Leader of the Year

Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (Aug 2016)
Rachel Layton, Director of Marketing, Hospitality & Tourism Finalist

Nashville Business Journal “Most Admired CEOs” (October 2016)
Andy Marshall, CEO

Now, that’s impressive! And all the while, we partnered with handfuls of local organizations (Center of Hope TN, Williamson County CASA and the Nashville Rescue Mission, to name a few) to support their missions to make a difference in the communities in which we’re planted. To top it all off, we welcomed three new babies into the Marshall family alone, and many of our extended team members’ families grew, too!

2016 has given us a LOT to be thankful for and from our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of Thankgivings and a wonderful holiday season.