Owner/Operator Rufus Littlejohn plans to open stores in Northern Virginia
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.”
To learn more about franchising with Dickeys, visit www.dickeys.com/franchise or call 866-340-6188.
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 more than 550 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.