to building the Harrisonburg Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge
and Restaurant, the Tuckers had already established an outstanding
reputation in the hospitality industry. For many years they
were the owners and proprietors of the Belle Meade Motel and
Restaurant on Harrisonburg's south side along U.S. 11.
120 room motel was typical of the 1950s, but offered the most
modern amenities of the era like air conditioning, televisions,
and telephones in all rooms. The Belle Meade was a member
of Quality Courts United which was a referral or cooperative
chain that had been formed in the 1940s. During the middle
1960s Tommy Tucker served as a national Director on the Executive
Committee for Quality Courts. Eventually Quality was reorganized
into a franchise chain that served to be the genesis of Choice
About the time Quality was reorganized, the Belle Meade became
a Red Carpet Inn. Interestingly Red Carpet was created by
a former Quality Courts United president.