Carl and Alice Kirkland call Jackson, Tenn. home and have contributed their time, talents and resources to numerous social causes and nonprofits including the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Humane Society of Jackson and the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center. Carl Kirkland, cousin to the late Robert Kirkland, began his career working at his family’s Union City clothing store. The cousins started a small chain of retail stores that soon grew into a much larger chain of home decor stores known as Kirkland’s. Carl reflects on what their friends would tell them, “The Kirkland family has business in their blood.”

All in the Family – the History of Carl and Robert Kirkland
Carl Kirkland and Robert Kirkland were cousins. When they were young men they set out on a big adventure to go to China at a time when few went there. China was opening to the West and business opportunities were emerging. As the Kirkland cousins had a small but growing chain of retail stores known as Kirkland’s, it was a fit that they began an import company, CBK. The Kirkland cousins were growing Kirkland’s stores and at the same time going overseas for month long visits to China, Japan, Philippines, Korea, India, Thailand and other countries. It was a busy but productive time that led to two successful business ventures. It is often said that the Kirkland family have business in their blood.

Carl and Alice Kirkland are the recipients of the Discovery Awards. They will be honored at the inaugural Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Discovery Awards Gala and Fundraiser on Sat., March 7, 2020.

For more information on the Discovery Awards Gala and Fundraiser, click here.