GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit continues to expand in the Midwest with four planned locations to open in Traverse City and Kent County. The Great Lakes State is currently home to eight Dickey's locations. The Traverse City store is slated to open by May 2017, and the other three will follow throughout Kent County.
"The residents of Michigan have asked for more Dickey's Barbecue Pit locations, and we are proud to continue to expand throughout the state," says Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Pit. "We congratulate Andre Bushell and Loren Akerman on their four-store development agreement."
Having met in leadership positions at a Fortune 15 company, Andre Bushell and Loren Akerman decided to take their business relationship to the next level in starting a franchising business. Bushell has previous foodservice leadership experience, and the business partners knew they wanted to bring a new restaurant to their area. After researching different concepts, they decided to invest in the largest barbecue chain in the nation because of its track record as a fast growing and innovative franchise model. Having both grown up in economically challenging circumstances, they hope to provide local jobs and be a model of diversity in their community. "We are looking to grow our business even further than these first four stores," Akerman says. "We hope that our business can provide much needed jobs and economic stability all over Michigan and beyond, and are working intentionally to promote diversity in our business model."
To learn more about franchising with Dickeys, visit www.dickeys.com/franchise or call 866-340-6188.
About Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow-smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, "We Speak Barbecue." The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids' meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to more than 560 locations in 43 states. This year Dickey's won first place on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" and ranked in the top ten of Franchise Times' "Fast and Serious." Dickey's Barbecue Pit was recognized for the third year by Nation's Restaurant News as a "Top 10 Growth Chain" and by Technomic as the "Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country." For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.
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