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Fort Valley's Jolly Nut Company closes
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In 1975, Kay Meyer and her husband took over Jolly Nut Company, a pecan company.

Her father, Wallis Hardeman, bought it in the late 1940s and changed it from its original name, Wright and Solomon Incorporated.

"Daddy thought it up. It just seemed to work. Who's gonna remember Wright and Solomon Incorporated?" she said with a laugh.

The company has been in Fort Valley since 1924, but 90 years later, Meyer says it's time for Jolly Nut to close its doors.

The mother of two says since her children are happy with other careers, she felt the time was right to close the company.

"My husband and I had two premises: to offer quality and service, and I do believe we've done that," Meyer said.

When her father took over the company, it was simply a shelling plant.

When Meyer and her husband took control, they added a retail store and mail order.

She says one of her fondest memories is when a woman wanted to spend her 100th birthday at the Jolly Nut.

"We had a little reception. We had a corsage made for her," she said, "It gives me chill bumps to think about it, but that's the sort of relationship that we've had with our people."

Customers from across the nation have enjoyed different flavors from Roasted and Salted to Sugar and Spice.

Meyer says her customers have shown sadness, but are showing their support. She's sold out some flavors already.

There's still time to grab some tasty treats before the Jolly Nut's doors close on Labor Day.

The Jolly Nut is holding a closing sale from Wednesday to Saturday.

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