Dairy Queen Canada Inc.
Franchise Fee: $30K-$45K
Startup Capital Required: 200K +
Investment Required: $400K+
Available Territories: All of Canada
Franchise Units Canada: 654 USA: 4454 International: 1689
In Business Since : 1940
CFA Member Since: 2000
For more than 75 years, the DQ® system's recipe for success has been simple. It's been a combination of hardworking people who own and operate restaurants, and great-tasting food and tempting treats served in our establishments.
The DQ® system is as simple today as it was in 1940. Satisfied customers lead to successful restaurants. Each owner of our independently owned and operated establishments worldwide is committed to "Fan Food not Fast Food"
1940: First Dairy Queen® store opens in Joliet, Illinois.
1949: DQ® introduces malts and shakes.
1951: Banana splits appear on the menu.
1953: First DQ® store opens in Canada.
1955: The Dilly® Bar debuts.
1957: The Dairy Queen®/Brazier® concept is introduced.
1958: The Dairy Queen®/Brazier® food products are introduced.
1961: The Mr. Misty® slush treat cools throats in the warm South.
1962: International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ) is formed.
1965: First national radio advertising sends DQ® message 169 million times a week.
1966: First national TV commercial, "Live a Little," is aired.
1968: The Buster Bar® Treat bursts forth.
1972: First DQ® store opens in Japan.
1973: Say the word “Scrumpdillyishus®!” and get a Peanut Buster® Parfait for 49 cents.
1979: The DQ® system debuts in the Middle East.
1980: "We Treat You Right®" tagline debuts.
1985: More than 175 million Blizzard® Treats sold in its first year.
1989: Dairy Queen® ranked America's number one treat chain.
1991: First DQ® store opens in Mexico.
1995: DQ® Treatzza Pizza® and the Chicken Strip Basket make their debut.
1999: Pecan Mudslide® Treat is introduced.
1999: An operator of several DQ® locations in Massachusetts builds the world's largest blended treat, weighing in at 5,316.6 pounds.
2001: Crispy Chicken Salad is introduced.
2001: The first DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant opens in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
2002: Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, becomes manager of a DQ® location in Texas for the day.
2003: The Blizzard® of the Month program kicks off.
2004: The MooLatte® Frozen Coffee Flavoured Beverage line debuts in Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel flavours.
2004: Award-winning Dairy Queen® commercials can be seen throughout the country in the system's first full year of national advertising.
2005: GrillBurgers™ are introduced to consumers on national TV.
2005: The record is broken on June 21, when a new World's Largest Blizzard® Treat is built in Springfield, Massachusetts. It weighs 8,224.85 pounds and is 22 feet tall.