The Barrel Wine and Spirits was founded in 1972 when legalized liquor was voted in by referendum. It has been owned by the Frankland family since then. The Barrel is the only continuously owned store in Jackson since 1972.
By working with the wholesalers to buy in volume and then selling with low mark-up, we’ve built the business to be the largest volume wine and spirits outlet in West Tennessee. Our customer base is from Western Kentucky to North Mississippi – river to river. We are very customer oriented and have a loyal following. Once a new customer comes in, they are sure to return. We strive to carry each order out to the customer’s car.
We sell more Seagrams Gin and Crown Royal than any retail store in the state of Tennessee.
Robert E. Frankland III (Bob) is President of Frankland Carriage Co., Inc., parent company of The Barrel Wine & Spirits. Bob is the fourth generation to head the company following his great- Grandfather, Founder, F.M. Frankland, his Grandfather, Major General Robert Ernest Frankland and his father, Robert Ernest Frankland Jr.
Frankland Carriage Co., founded in 1904, began as a manufacturer of horse carriages and soon began supplying carriages to the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The company later diversified into auto parts, general merchandise, retail furniture, investment real estate and, under Bob's direction, into the restaurant business, records management and storage, document shredding and retail liquor.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.S. in Marketing. He is active in the community as a Rotarian and is a member of the Jackson Wine and Spirits Retailers Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the Trust Company Bank, is past president of Crime Stoppers of Jackson, past board member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, a past board member of the Tennessee Retail Merchants Association and a strong supporter of the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation.
Bob Frankland with a portrait of his great-Grandfather, F.M.
Three generations of one family have been in management at the Barrel. Our General Manager, Kim Duncan, is the second generation, following her mother, Barbara Young, who managed the store for 31 years from 1975-2006. Kim started working with her mother in 1982 and then took over as General Manager in 2006. Kim's experience and enthusiasm has taken the store to another level. Kim's son, Thomas, has just graduated from Union University and is an assistant manager. We are proud and appreciative of the dedication and loyalty of this fine family.