Athens Daily Review: Hurst to open Dickey’s franchise in Athens
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit continues to expand in its home state of Texas with a new location in Athens that will open in a few weeks by franchisee Matt Hurst.
“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been family-owned and operated since 1941, and we consider each of our owners as a part of our family,” said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants and head of the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise, in a press release. “We are always proud when we have new franchisees join our team, especially when they are opening in our home state.”
With more than 20 years in the restaurant industry, Hurst said he looks forward to bringing Dickey’s slow-smoked barbecue to the residents of his hometown of Athens with his parents, Robert and Stacy.
“Athens is in need of a barbecue option like Dickey’s that offers guests only the highest quality, slow-smoked meats. My parents and I chose to open a Dickey’s franchise because of their rich history and strong support of their franchisees.”
The Dallas-based family-run franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with “No B.S. (Bad Stuff)' included. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide and includes more than 500 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey's won first place on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list and in 2018 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit made the Top 10. Dickey's Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times and Nation's Restaurant News.