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Real Talk with Real Owners - John Thomas in Starkville, MS

03 Aug 2016

In Starkville, MS, going out to Dickey’s is like going to a family reunion for this small community in the Oktibbeha County Seat.

When guests visit the Starkville Dickey’s, they are always greeted warmly as if they are members of a big, happy family. They are welcome to move the furniture around to accommodate large groups and always receive top-notch service with a smile.

Starkville Owner/Operator John Thomas is a 30-year military veteran who also owned a construction company for 15 years. When he was looking for a franchise he immediately loved that Dickey’s is a family-owned brand with stores that are friendly, casual and always fun. “I like all the people I come in contact with every day,” John says. “My loyal guests have become friends, and I also appreciate all the support I get from corporate. My area director always answers his phone and is willing to help with any issue, large or small.”

Even though John’s store isn’t quite a year old, the Starkville community has become used to seeing his big yellow catering van drive through town. Using the van and other marketing tools, John has become a fixture in his community who is the go-to for catering and events.

Now that is some southern hospitality done right!