Dickey's Barbecue Pit Expands in North Carolina

Country's Fastest Growing Barbecue Chain Continues Growth as Raleigh Expands Locations

RALEIGH, N.C., April 21, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest barbecue chain in the country continues to grow as Eric Davis signs on to open a Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This is the first Dickey's franchise opportunity for Eric Davis and the second franchise for Raleigh. There are six Dickey's Barbecue Pit locations currently operating in North Carolina.

"We are so thrilled Dickey's will be expanding in North Carolina. The Dickey's presence in North Carolina is growing at a steady pace. We are very excited to have this new opportunity," President of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Roland Dickey, Jr. said. "As our company grows, we grow as a family. This is another great opportunity for Eric and for the company."

Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened in 1941 and began franchising in 1994. Dickey's Barbecue Pit is well-known for their hot pit-smoked signature meats, complimentary ice cream and the big yellow cups.

Owner/Operator Davis said the franchise's quality barbecue and down-home feel is a great fit to the Raleigh community.

"I have loved Dickey's great food and I know the people of Raleigh love it too," Davis said.

Since early 2011, Dickey's has opened 12 stores and 60 are set to open before the end of 2011.

Many owner/operators are men and women new to the restaurant business, but Dickey's business model is structured for success.

"Dickey's Barbecue Pit has a great business structure where any area in the country can enjoy the flavor of Texas style barbecue without busting the budget. I am anxious to get started with our new location," the new Owner/Operator said.

This seems to be the sentiment of all Dickey's owner/operators. The preparation prior to opening a Dickey's franchise is extensive, ensuring that owner/operators are thoroughly prepared to hit the ground running.

"We have so many new owner/operators who are investing with us. With this economy, we are glad people trust us for success and we certainly don't take that for granted. Their victory is our victory and we don't plan on going anywhere but up," Dickey said.

With unemployment at a steadily high rate, Dickey's and their entrepreneurial partners are expanding while 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 original Dallas location is still open for business and Dickey's Barbecue Pit is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family.

There are 147 locations in 33 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 a great match for the Raleigh area, according to Davis.

More information on Dickey's Barbecue Pit is available at www.dickeys.com. Franchising information is available at 866-340-6188.

SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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