DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT LIVES ON IN OVIEDO
The Country's Largest Growing Barbecue Chain Stays Strong In Rough Economy
(OVIEDO, Florida) Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest barbecue chain in the country, is well-known for their 10 hot pit-smoked barbecue meats, free ice cream and free big yellow cups.
When Florida businessman Corey Warren heard the Dickey's Oviedo location was in need of a new owner, he couldn't let the opportunity pass despite the challenging economy.
At a time when many small business owners are closing, Warren is happening to be opening his first at 5414 Deep Lake Road in Oviedo.
"I have always wanted to own my own restaurant," Warren said. "When this opportunity opened up and I jumped at the chance."
For Warren, making the leap from working in a restaurant to becoming his own boss was just a credit-approval away.
"I got the financing, and it just went from there," he said.
Now, Warren is using his success to keep and create jobs in the area.
"It is always good to bring jobs to the community and offer barbecue at a reasonable price," Warren said about his.
SUCCESS IN HARD TIMES
Dickey's is growing at a rapid pace opening 30 stores since early 2009. Fifty-six stores are currently in development across the country.
"We have so many new Owner/Operators who are investing with us, some even using their life savings to open their own business. In this economy, we are glad people trust us for success. It is a great feeling to help people stand on their own two feet and become their own boss," President of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurant Inc Roland Dickey Jr said.
With the unemployment rate at a frightening high, Dickey's and their entrepreneurial partners are offering jobs to many and expanding when 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 and own their own business," Dickey said. "In turn, these new stores are employing lots of people who otherwise would still be looking for jobs."
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, now there are over 110 locations in 21 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 unlike anything in the area, according to Warren.
Other franchise locations in Florida include Wesley Chapel and Tallahassee.
Source: Dickey's Barbecue (www.dickeys.com)