VOL. 133 | NO. 33 | Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Corky’s BBQ Expanding, Headed to Houston and Dallas
By Andy Meek
Corky’s BBQ is expanding its brand of pulled pork to the Lone Star State.
The company has secured an expansion and franchise agreement for multiple locations in the Houston and Dallas metro areas. Franchisees and operators Andria Cain and Bruce Gingrich of Squealing Pigs LLC are planning to open up to three Corky’s locations in the Houston area this year, with the first set to arrive by September.
Squealing Pigs LLC has the rights to open up to 17 total locations in Houston and Dallas markets, as demand warrants.
Cain is an experienced franchisee who has operated Panera and Applebee’s locations over her 30-year career, but she also has a strong Memphis connection. Her son has been treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the last 16 years, and her family recently hosted a fundraiser in Texas that raised $222,000 for the hospital.
“Memphis is like a second home to us, and our family owes so much to St .Jude that we try to help out in an way we can,” she said.
Gingrich, meanwhile, said they’ve come to know the families involved in Corky’s. And “we look forward to delivering great Memphis-style BBQ and service to our friends and neighbors in the Houston and Dallas markets.”
Corky’s was started in Memphis by Don Pelts almost 35 years ago. It’s still family-owned and operated by the Pelts and Woodman families, and it’s grown from one restaurant in East Memphis to four full-service restaurants in the Memphis, plus two outlets inside Memphis Kroger locations. There are also franchise locations outside of Memphis in Little Rock, Pigeon Forge and in Brentwood.
The company also has a large online business as well as a regular QVC presence.