Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., continues to heat up the Sunshine State, signing agreements for three new Florida locations — two slated for Pensacola and one planned in Fort Walton Beach — the company recently announced from Dallas.
Owner and Operator Tim Hershberger, who has already opened one Pensacola branch, plans to open the second store in that city as well as a third in Fort Walton Beach in 2016. With an Air Force background, Hershberger enthusiastically supports the local military bases’ population likely to make up his customer base.
"After being in the military for 30 years, this has been one of the most challenging things I've done on this large of a scale," Hershberger said. "I've gotten tremendous support from my area director and other franchisees, and I'm grateful for all the ongoing resources that Dickey's offers."
Florida currently houses nine Dickey's Barbecue Pit venues. The veteran-friendly company is actively offering incentives to former military personnel in the form of new career potential, including specialized training and continuing marketing support for franchisees.
"We at Dickey's are dedicated to the success of our franchisees," Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, said. "We are especially proud to support our nation's veterans by offering a discount on franchise fees."
Dallas-based Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain founded by Travis Dickey in 1941, still abides by its goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Its restaurants offer quality meats, sides, sauce and free kids meals every Sunday.
Dickey’s, with 520 locations across 43 states, was named a “Top 10 Growth Chain” this year for the third time by Nation's Restaurant News.