New Dairy Queen to open May 6
Dairy Queen is coming to Starkville at the intersection of Louisville Street and Lynn Lane and will open sooner rather than later, with the projected date being less than a month away.
Chris Hagler, the Operations Supervisor of North Alabama, and now North Mississippi as well, works for the nation's largest Dairy Queen franchise, Fourteen Foods. Hagler said the projected date of opening is May 6, granted nothing happens in construction that requires for the date to be pushed back.
The closest Dairy Queen locations to Starkville are in Tupelo and Tuscaloosa. Fourteen Foods purchased the project, along with ten other locations, this month. The building has been in construction for the past few months.
The location is set away from the busy traffic of Highway 12, closer to neighborhoods and Starkville Academy. Hagler said that he believes having the store in a residential area will be more beneficial than to have it on the main strip.
"I'm hoping that everybody will treat it as a community hang-out," Hagler said. "It can be where people can get ice cream and meet up. I would love that."
The store has already hired a general manager, and will bring around 60 to 65 jobs to the area. Aspiring employees can visit Fourteen Foods company's website, and choose the Starkville location under the "Store locations" tab to apply for positions.
Dairy Queen will also have a special when it opens. The first 100 people who buy a Dairy Queen cake will receive a voucher for two free Blizzards a month for a year.