Add Phoenix, Arizona to the list of cities that will have an expanded presence for Dairy Queen. Five new DQ Grill & Chill restaurants are planned for the Phoenix metro area.
Locations already opening in the West Valley, and Surprise and Goodyear will be opening by the end of December.
The emphasis on the Phoenix area comes as the city of Surprise ranked number five on a list of fastest growing cities in the United States.
Additional locations will be opening their doors in 2017, including Laveen, which will open in January, and two restaurants in Chandler in March and October.
Other locations are planned in Tempe, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa and Glendale.
All the new Dairy Queen’s will be franchises, in keeping with Dairy Queen’s strategy to avoid company-owned stores. The chain has only three company-owned locations among its over 6,000 locations worldwide.
Other cities and states that have seen the “Fan Food” and frozen treats chain announce big expansion plans include Massachusetts, South Carolina, California, as well as Upstate New York, Chicago, and Knoxville, Tennessee.
For more information on Dairy Queen’s world-wide plans, read a Mazor’sEdge special report on Dairy Queen.
© 2016 David Mazor
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