Powers, who grew up in Delaware, spent 25 years in the military before retiring in 2008, will run the business with his wife, Linda, and his two sons BJ and Trevor.
“I wanted to do something that my family and I could do together, and Dickey’s gave us the perfect opportunity to do that,” says Powers. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve my community delicious, slow-smoked barbecue.”
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain, was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. The fast-casual concept has expanded to more than 570 locations in 43 states.
Barbecue has gained popularity in Delaware. However, the state has not seen an influx of franchises.
Mission BBQ, a mid-sized chain, operates a location in Dover and Famous Dave’s has two locations in Christiana and north Wilmington.