DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - Dixie Lee International Industries, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: DLII), parent company of the 40-year-old "Dixie Lee" brand name, with more than 80 franchised Chicken & Seafood restaurants open, announces the opening of the latest franchised restaurant in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dave Silvester, Executive Vice President of Dixie Lee Chicken & Seafood, is preparing to take his Grand Opening team to Kiev, the capitol of Ukraine, for the opening of the latest international Dixie Lee franchise, scheduled to open January 15th. "We're very excited about this restaurant. We've been in the chicken business for 40 years, and we'll be finally serving the real Chicken Kiev -- in Kiev," he said.
"We have a great Master Franchise owner there, Dr. Charles U. Iroanya, and we've been planning this for some time, as part of our international expansion. Kiev is the largest city in Ukraine, with over two and a half million people. Our location is close to the city center and next to one of their largest sports stadiums, the Olimpiysky National Sports Complex," said Silvester.
Kiev will house the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. Three group matches, a quarter final and the final are scheduled to be played at the Olimpiyskyi stadium.
"It took almost a full year to design and acquire permits for this ambitious upscale restaurant for our location. In fact, we're already in negotiations for the second location, and there are three more planned to open in the next three years," Mr. Silvester added. "We're confident Kiev will love our chicken. As we expand in the country, we may have to create another entrée called Chicken Ukraine, too."
About Dixie Lee
The Dixie Lee brand name started with the opening of the first Dixie Lee Chicken & Seafood restaurant in 1964 in Belleville, Ontario Canada. Building on an old Louisiana chicken recipe, the Dixie Lee name has grown to include subsidiary and affiliated companies accounting for more than 80 branded restaurants open and more than 20 in development. Dixie Lee restaurant concepts include full service, fast casual and take-out. Dixie Lee International Industries, Inc., (PINKSHEETS: DLII), is currently developing its newest franchised concept, the classic "Dixie Lee Diner," a 60- to 80-seat stainless steel diner reminiscent of the nostalgic 1940s and 1950s family diners featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dixie Lee International Industries, Inc. is expanding through both corporate-owned and franchised restaurant development throughout North America and abroad. www.dixieleechicken.com
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