Cheryl Krueger Talks About Her First job

Cheryl Krueger(Photo: WOSU)

Cheryl Krueger talks about her first job.

Cheryl Krueger graduated from Bellevue High School (Bellevue, Ohio) in 1970. Cheryl went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University in 1974. After college, Cheryl worked at Limited Brands, learning the retail business from company President and CEO Leslie Wexner. In 1981, Cheryl and her college roommate, Caryl Walker, had an idea for a new business and opened the very first Cheryl’s Cookies in Columbus, Ohio. The modest storefront sold six kinds of cookies, along with soda pop. Within just seven years, the company broadened its offerings to include gifts and desserts, and with this growth came a new name–Cheryl&Co.

Today, Cheryl&Co. is a multi-faceted business composed of retail stores in Ohio, a high-traffic Internet business and a successful Business Gift Division, all headquartered in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio. A 2005 merger enabled Cheryl&Co. to become a part of the 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands.