Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the 79-year-old barbecue franchisor with over 500 locations worldwide, will soon take its concept Down Under as the brand enters a letter of intent with Australian restaurant group QSR Foods Pty LTD.As part of the agreement, 50 Dickey’s locations will be opened across the country in the coming years.
This news follows several other international stories this year for Dickey’s, including the franchise’s expansion into untapped markets such as Pakistan and the Republic of Georgia. In total, the brand has seven overseas agreements, including in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Brazil, and Egypt.
“It’s an incredible feeling to make plans for our fifth continental conquest and continue my family’s legacy as the largest barbecue concept in the world,” said Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group.
This enthusiasm is shared by Richa Goyal, a seasoned Australian franchisor who is looking forward to Dickey’s new development: “We couldn’t be prouder to bring the world’s largest barbecue restaurant to Australian soil with the opening of our first locations in Brisbane and Queensland next year.”
“I’d like to thank Mr. John Kanawati, commercial specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Sydney, Australia for his expeditious work in representing Dickey’s to Ms. Richa Goyal,” said Jim Perkins Dickey’s VP of international development & support. “It was his work that catalyzed the conversation and set a path forward for our relationship.”