MERIDIAN, Idaho, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit will hold its Grand Opening event Friday in Meridian, serving up hot pit-smoked meats, home-style sides and one dollar big barbecue sandwiches for all.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. where patrons can also enter to win free barbecue for a year, according to officials.
"Our neighbors here in Meridian love great barbecue and judging from our success so far, they obviously love Dickey's," Franchise Owner B.J. McDougal 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 Idaho businessman said he decided to take over the Meridian location because he 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 Idaho and B.J. is 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.
SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue