EDMONTON, Ky. and COLUMBIA, Ky., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Edmonton and Columbia Dickey's Barbecue Pit locations will hold consecutive Grand Opening events this week, serving up hot pit-smoked meats, home-style sides and one dollar big barbecue sandwiches for all.
The Edmonton location event kicks off at 11 a.m. Thursday where patrons can also enter to win free barbecue for a year, according to officials.
Patrons can enjoy the same festivities on Friday at the Columbia location starting at 11 a.m.
Both events will end at 1 p.m.
"Our neighbors here in Kentucky love great barbecue and judging from our success so far, they obviously love Dickey's," Franchise Owner Eva Rigney said. "This past month has been a wonderful experience -- a lot of hard work that is definitely paying off. I look forward to seeing everyone at the grand opening and officially marking a new era of this Dickey's location."
The Kentucky businesswoman said she decided, along with her husband David, to open the Edmonton and Columbia locations because she thought it would be a great business opportunity.
This seems to be the sentiment of all Dickey's Owner/Operators.
"Our progress is surprising to a lot of folks, but it makes sense to us. People want to get out of the rat race and own their own business," Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. President Roland Dickey, Jr. said. "In turn, these new stores are employing lots of people who otherwise would still be looking for jobs."
Dickey said that investing a great deal of time and money with Dickey's in this unstable economy may seem reckless to outsiders, but his company has a "proven system that just works."
"Our Owner/Operators are making a wise investment with us. These people will be successful whether they are in Dallas, in Alaska or in Kentucky and the Rigneys are a perfect example," Dickey said. "They took a leap of faith with us and it's become a win-win situation for everyone."
Dickey's is growing at a rapid pace with 144 locations open in 33 states to date.
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.
Dickey's only began franchising in 1994.
Even today, Dickey's still slow smokes all of their signature meats overnight in every restaurant.
For more information about Dickey's, visit www.dickeys.com.
For Dickey's franchising information call 866-340-6188.
SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue