About Us

Cecil and Margaret Williams owners of the Nut Shop

The history of The Nut Shop begins back in 1979 with the birth of an idea. In 1979, Cecil Williams opened A-1 Sharpening to serve Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities with all their sharpening needs.

As a thank you to his customers and a gift during the holiday season, one year at Christmas, Cecil decided to roast peanuts at home and give them away. A customer who owned several local convenience stores came in and wanted some peanuts to sell at their stores. The peanuts were delivered to the stores, and the customer called back – they needed a name for the company that made the deliveries! And thus, The Nut Shop was born.

The Nut Shop since 1992

The Nut Shop was officially established in 1992, with the help of Cecil’s wife, Margaret. Both businesses were run by Cecil and Margaret, with the help of their children Terry, Jeremy, Cecilia, and Cerrell, their spouses, as well as their eight grandchildren. Until 2020, A-1 Sharpening and The Nut Shop were run out of the same building at 1508 Greensboro Avenue. After 40 years, in 2020, Cecil decided to close the sharpening business to focus solely on nuts, candies, and concessions. As time passed, the business of The Nut Shop grew and expanded swiftly. What started as a simple “thank you” to local customers turned into the wide-reaching business the The Nut Shop is today!

The Nut Shop sells a large variety of products online and in store.

The Nut Shop now offers over 60 items, both retail and wholesale, which can be purchased separately, in a gift tray, or gift basket. Not only does The Nut Shop’s sales include personal and corporate sales, but we also sell industrially. The number of stores The Nut Shop has serviced in its illustrious past grew from eight to over 200. Today, The Nut Shop proudly services about 150 stores in Central Alabama and across Mississippi. The Nut Shop is also involved with all the local schools and colleges, providing concessions, supplies, and Nut Shop goodies to the next generation. So, whether you are looking for a midday snack, gifts, or concessions supplies to keep everyone entertained, The Nut Shop has it all!

As Cecil has said – “Don’t get greedy, offer a service, keep your prices reasonable, and have an eye towards quality.” – The Nut Shop is here to serve you and all your nuts, candies, and concessions needs!

Stop by today at 1508 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35456, or give us a call at (205) 758-7923 or (205) 535-6231 to see how we can best serve you!



  • The Nut Shop ships orders with tags and personalized messages at no additional cost
  • All orders are shipped via USPS, UPS, or Fedex, with charges calculated at time of purchase
  • The Nut Shop accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, as well as cash and personal checks
  • The Nut Shop will in no way solicit business from those receiving packages
  • All personal information is kept completely confidential and will never be given out or sold to any outside mailing list
  • The Nut Shop is inspected by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the FDA

Any additional questions, feel free to call us at (205) 758-4308 or (205) 535-6231, or stop by at 1508 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35456