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Bemidji couple signs franchise agreement to bring Dickey's Barbecue to town

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it has signed a new franchise agreement with Dave and Lisa Hlavac to develop a location in Bemidji.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it has signed a new franchise agreement with Dave and Lisa Hlavac to develop a location in Bemidji.

"We are thrilled to develop this relationship with Dave and Lisa, while expanding our brand in Minnesota," said Roland Dickey, Jr., president of DBRI. "They prove to work well together and will be an excellent fit for our family-friendly restaurant."

Dave and Lisa own a seasonal landscape business and sought out a franchise to supplement their income, ultimately deciding on Dickey's Barbecue. No location was announced.

"The food is excellent and the business plan really works for someone who is new to the restaurant business. I also like that the company is family owned," said Lisa.

There are eight locations currently operating in Minnesota and 170 nationwide. This will be the first franchise opportunity for the Hlavacs.

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"We are excited about launching our own franchise location and bringing Dickey's Barbecue to our hometown," said Dave, who is from Bemidji.

Dickey's Barbecue can be found in 38 states, but is rapidly expanding with a 46 percent growth rate.

"Our brand thrives in all markets because we serve timeless comfort food with options for the whole family and this has been our consistent approach since 1941," said Dickey.

Dickey's Barbecue offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides and tangy barbecue sauce.

For more information, including a full menu, other restaurant locations and franchising opportunities, please visit www.dickeys.com .

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