Tucker Publishing, Knoxville, Tenn., has been sold to The Mountaineer Publishing Company, Inc. of Waynesville, N.C., effective Oct. 1, according to Gary Greene, of Cribb, Greene & Associates, who represented the seller in the transaction.

Tucker Publishing was founded in 1981 by Pete Tucker of Flemington, N.J., and was purchased in 2002 by Republic Newspapers, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., publishers of newspapers in Tennessee and North Carolina.

The Mountaineer Publishing Company publishes a tri-weekly newspaper in Waynesville and a weekly newspaper in Asheville, N.C., as well as several magazine and specialty publications in Western North Carolina.

Tucker Publishing is a niche company specializing in outlet mall magazines for distribution to the general public at each location. The magazines serve as shopping guides at many of the largest outlet malls in America.

“We are pleased that The Mountaineer Publishing Company will be acquiring Tucker Publishing,” said Tony Cox, vice-president of Republic Newspapers, Inc. “With the other magazine titles they currently publish, this will be a nice fit for the customers as well as for their company. We wish them the best.”

“It has been a privilege to publish these fine magazines for the past four years and we will be doing our best to assist the new owners in the transition,” Cox added.

Jeff Schumacher, general manager of The Mountaineer Publishing Company, will oversee the day-to-day operations of Tucker Publishing. Schumacher has hired Suzanne Patterson to handle the design of this and its other full-color glossy magazines, “Adventure in the Smokies” and “Encore,” that are published at their Waynesville location.

“We are pleased to acquire publications with such quality reputations,” said Jonathan Key, president of Mountaineer Publishing. “These magazines fit nicely into our company, and we look forward to continuing all the hard work and dedication that has served Tucker so well in the past.”

Other magazines produced by The Mountaineer Publishing Company include a full-color glossy monthly magazine, “The Business Journal,” of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Southwest Virginia, along with its quarterly glossy magazine, “Generation Next,” and two annual glossy magazines, “The Book of Lists” and “Connect Now,” which are published out of the company’s Johnson City, Tenn. location.

The Tucker Publishing magazines range in frequency from monthly to bi-monthly and quarterly, and include: “Wrentham Village Premium Outlet Shoppers Guide,” Wrentham, Mass.; “North Georgia Premium Outlets Shoppers Guide,” Dawsonville, Ga.; “The Crossings Premium Outlets Shoppers Guide,” Tannersville, Pa.; “Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shoppers Guide,” Central Valley, N.Y.; “Orlando Premium Outlets Shoppers Guide,” Orlando, Fla.; “Las Vegas Outlet Shoppers Guide,” Las Vegas, Nev.; “Shopping In Flemington,” Flemington, N.J.; “Beach and Bay Outlet Shopper,” Rehoboth, Del. and Queenstown, Md.; “Kittery Outlet Shopper,” Kittery, Maine; “R&L Shopper’s Guide,” Reading/Lancaster, Penn. and “Pigeon Forge/Sevierville Shopper,” Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, Tenn.

“We know there has been significant trust placed in these products by the advertising community, and we will continue to supply them with the quality and service they are accustomed to receiving,” Key said.

Key said plans called for building on Tucker Publishing’s reputation and success.

“Our company’s mission is to produce high-quality publications which meet the needs of their clientele,” Key said. “It is our goal to take our magazine division to a higher level and to implement several new and exciting ideas.”

Cribb, Greene & Associates is an eighty-three year old newspaper brokerage firm with offices in Charlottesville, Va. and Bozeman, Mont.

Published October 02, 2006

Knoxville, TN