Jack Nix '67
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Nix bought a small business in 1985 for $2.50 and sold it in 2014 for $13.6 million.
Jack Nix and a business partner purchased the former Hoover Skate Center and operated it for two years. Then, in 1989, Jack and his son Bill converted the building into the Riverchase Antique Gallery, which became the state’s largest antique mall with 36,000 square feet of space. In 2002, after a renovation, the business was renamed the Antique Super Mall. The Nixes opened eight other antique malls across the country, but only the Hoover, Alabama, location remained by 2004.
The shop closed in 2006 and made way for an $8.2 million, five-floor, 160,000 square foot Hoover Self-Storage. It was rated as the nation’s No. 2 self-storage facility in 2010.
Nix said his success is a testament to the work ethic outlined in the Auburn Creed. He started as a student in 1955 and graduated in 1967. “I tell people I’m not too smart and Auburn is a hard school, but I never ever gave up. I did flunk out in 1958, went in the Army, came back, and got married, made a couple of babies, went back to Auburn in 1965, and graduated in 1967. Look at my transcript and you would never think I was the same student.”