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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Expands in Virginia

Owner/Operator Rufus Littlejohn plans to open stores in Northern Virginia

(Alexandria, VA) Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is expanding in Virginia with a new two-store development agreement. Currently the state boasts nine Dickey’s locations with more in the pipeline. Owner/Operator Rufus Littlejohn will first take over ownership of the Centreville store by Fall 2016, then plans to build a new store in Northern Virginia.

An Alexandria native, Rufus Littlejohn has spent most of his career in real estate investing, sales and marketing. He was always interested in the restaurant business, and jumped when the right opportunity presented itself. He was attracted to the small footprint but high impact of Dickey’s stores and saw the potential for growing the brand in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. “Dickey’s is a well-established concept with an affordable startup cost and plenty of training for new owners,” Littlejohn says. “I look forward to expanding this exciting brand into the Metropolitan D.C. area and hope to open more locations in the coming years.”

“Dickey’s is rapidly expanding on the Eastern Seaboard, and we are proud to bring Texas-style barbecue to this part of the country,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “The Dickey family congratulates new Owner/Operator Rufus Littlejohn on his development agreement.”

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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 over 540 locations in 43 states. Dickey’s 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.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Expands into Mississippi Delta

(Greenville, MS) Dickey’s Barbecue Pit announces expansion into the Mississippi Delta. The three new locations will be the first in the Mississippi Delta. The first store will be located in Greenville, and will open by the end of 2016. The additional locations will open in Cleveland and Greenwood, with timeline to be determined.

Cruise Planners Remains Best Franchise to Own in the Travel Industry Based on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 List

“Our first-place ‘Travel Industry’ ranking for the twelfth consecutive year is a testament to our innovative style and longevity within the industry,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners. “This year, we have extensively developed new techniques for building success, have grown our in- house support team for franchise owners so they are never alone in business, and created new in-house technology, so this accolade is quite an honor.”

Native Texan Fulfills Dream of Owning a Restaurant with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

“I was looking to be my own boss and control my own destiny which is what owning a Dickey’s Barbecue franchise offers,” said first time owner, James Wilson. “I spent time in the restaurant industry and looking at potential franchises, there’s no major concept quite like Dickey’s fast casual barbecue.”