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The Country's Largest Growing Barbecue Chain Expands In Mississippi

(LAUREL, Mississippi) Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue, the largest barbecue chain in the country, is well-known for their 10 hot pit-smoked barbecue meats, free ice cream and free big yellow cups— with one location in Hattiesburg, the franchise is expanding in the Mississippi opening a new location in Laurel.

Dickey's is growing at a rapid pace opening 30 stores since early 2009. Fifty-six stores are currently in development across the country.

Its latest addition at 2159 Hwy 15 North in Laurel will open their doors on the May 11th, 2010.

"Dickey's has been received really well in Mississippi with the other location. So, we thought it would be great to expand on that," Franchise Owner Brent Lambert said. "We are confident this location will have as much if not more success."

The Minnesota businessman said he decided to open the franchise in Laurel because he thought it would be a great business opportunity.

This seems to be the sentiment of all Dickey's owner/operators.

"We have so many new Owner/Operators who are investing with us, some even using their life savings to open their own business. In this economy, we are glad people trust us for success. It is a great feeling to help people stand on their own two feet and become their own boss," President of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Roland Dickey, Jr. said.

With the unemployment rate at a frightening high, Dickey's and their entrepreneurial partners are offering jobs to many and expanding when other businesses are shutting down.

"Our progress is surprising to a lot of folks, but it makes sense to us. People want to get out of the rat race," Dickey said. "In turn, these new stores are employing hundreds of people who otherwise would be on unemployment."

The first Dickey's Barbecue opened in 1941 in Dallas, TX. The original location is still open for business and Dickey's Barbecue is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family. Dickey's only began franchising in 1994, now there are over 110 locations in 21 states. Even today, Dickey's still slow smokes all of their signature meats overnight in every restaurant. 

Committed to exceptional quality at a great value, Dickey's Barbecue is unlike anything in the area, according to Lambert.

Other franchise locations in Mississippi include US Highway 98 and Turtle Creek Parkway in Hattiesburg.

Source: Dickey's Barbecue (www.dickeys.com)


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