FEDERAL WAY, Wash., Jan. 20, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest and fastest growing barbecue chain in the country, adds a new state to their national expansion this week as they take on a franchisee in Washington State.
"We have been eying Washington State for some time," Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Development Director Richard Phillips said. "This is a huge win for us and for the future of Dickey's on the west coast. We have a very strong presence in California, but we needed to begin targeting farther north on the coastline."
The new Dickey's location will be built in Federal Way, Washington, just south of Seattle.
"The Washington economy is strong and great barbecue is underserved, according to the prospective franchisees we have met with," Phillips said. "This is the next big step for us."
The company's annual growth rate over the past two years has averaged 35 percent, according to company officials.
Dickey's firmly believes it can set the standard in barbecue by continuing to roll out a national footprint.
"Our company's potential for growth lies in our commitment to exceptional barbecue, a great business model and a formula for success," President of Dickey's Barbecue Roland Dickey, Jr. said. "When we began franchising in 1994, I knew this is where we were headed. We just needed to get there. Now, with so much buzz around the brand, we are expanding by leaps and bounds."
According to Dickey, there are 60 new locations in the pipeline to open in 2011.
"It is a really exciting time to be a part of Dickey's," he said.
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.
Even today, Dickey's still slow smokes all of their signature meats overnight in every restaurant.
SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Pit