Cracker Barrel CEO: Holiday consumer spending difficult to predict

Cracker Barrel CEO: Holiday consumer spending difficult to predict

Sandra Cochran cites “very tough environment” in first-quarter earnings call

As restaurants head into the typically profitable holiday season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. executives said Tuesday that they were seeing a tougher economic environment and heightened consumer uncertainty.

“It’s a very tough environment out there, and many competitors are responding to it by offering deals and by supporting those with a lot of media,” Sandra Cochran, CEO of the Lebanon, Tenn.-based family-dining and retail operator, told analysts Tuesday after the co

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