Dickey's Barbecue Pit Sets Out to Open First Oregon Location

America's Fastest Growing Barbecue Chain Moves into Gresham

GRESHAM, Ore., June 16, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Mike and Teena Cameron will open the first Oregon location for Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest quick-serve barbecue chain in the country, in Gresham.

"We wanted to open up a Dickey's franchise as a family, an adventure that everyone could enjoy. We believe that strong family values are what make a small business succeed," said Mike Cameron, the franchisee for this initial location in Gresham.

This is the first Dickey's franchise opportunity for the local couple and the first for Oregon.

"Dickey's brings in fresh new ideas, strong work ethics and a great atmosphere. Our son has worked for Dickey's in Idaho and after exploring other barbecue restaurants, we found that nothing compares to the great taste of Dickey's," Mike said.

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

"We are so thrilled Dickey's will be expanding to Oregon," President of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Roland Dickey, Jr. said. "This is an exciting time for the Camerons and I'm happy to see them working together on this venture."

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

Since early 2011, Dickey's has opened 15 stores and 70 are set to open before the end of 2011.

Mike Cameron is new to the business, but the Dickey's business model is structured for success.

"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 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 Oregon, according to Davis.

SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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