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Dairy Queen latest national chain to adorn Millington’s strip of 51

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The Blizzards came to Millington just in time for Summer 2014.
On June 23, the spoon-handled doors of the newest Dairy Queen in the Memphis area allowed residents of Millington to open and walk into the  8569 Highway 51 North location.
Within view of the Millington’s Chili’s, Chick-Fil-A and Holiday Inn, the latest addition to Millington’s portion of Highway 51 was christened by the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting on opening day.
“It feels great,” Millington Dairy Queen Co-owner Paul Tibbetts said. “It’s been a long winter and the weather has been a little bit tough on us. We’re a little bit late getting it open but the day is finally here and we’re very happy and very privilege to be here in Millington.”
Tibbetts and his business partner Woody Ray welcomed dozens of Chamber members to the DQ Grill and Chill. The hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The restaurant will employ more than 75 people and will seat 72 inside. There is also addition seating on the patio for 25.
Ray and Tibbetts started the rebirth of Dairy Queen in the Memphis area back in December 2012. They opened their first one in Ripley in July 2011. The next to open was Munford and then in Southaven this past November. The duo plans to open two more Dairy Queens with one in Olive Branch and another in Horn Lake.
The Millington Dairy Queen features a similar layout to the Atoka/Munford location with full menu including the ready-to-decorate cakes, Blizzard cakes and $5 Lunch Menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tibbetts said his team is glad to be finally open in Flag City.
It’s an established area,” he noted. “The business base here is good, especially with the Naval Base. You’ve got a lot of prominent residents. In our profession, Millington is a growing town. It has a lot of area for development to occur, especially on this side of town. We just think it’s a natural fit for Dairy Queen and Millington.”
The Millington DQ will have onsite general manager Vinita Moreno. Tibbetts said Moreno and the crew are ready to serve the variety Dairy Queen offers
Just seconds away from a hotel and within shouting distance of the Millington Walmart, Tibbetts said DQ is in prime spot.
“I call this New Millington out here,” he said. “It seems to be where the growth in town is going to occur. We like the fact there’s open land around us. Hopefully the Dairy Queen will encourage new businesses toward this direction. We’re excited not only to be in Millington but this part of town. This is where the next generation of Millington will grow.”
With Chamber President Charles Gulotta and Millington Vice Mayor Chris Ford giving a welcome speeches, Tibbetts said Millington has already made them feel welcome.
“It’s gratifying,” he said. “It’s nice to know when you’re involved and building these things, you’re kind of out there on your own.
“You’re on a little bit of an island,” Tibbetts concluded. “But people are paying attention and see us coming. To have all these fine women and gentlemen in the city come out and help us celebrate is a great feeling.”

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