Dairy Queen expanding to Macau and Egypt

by Eric Schroeder
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MINNEAPOLIS — International Dairy Queen, Inc., which has 652 locations outside the United States, announced plans for further international expansion in 2010, including the opening of its first locations in Macau and Egypt.

“It was more than 50 years ago that we first expanded beyond the U.S. and Canada,” said John Gainor, president and chief executive officer of International Dairy Queen, Inc. “Since then we’ve always viewed the international marketplace as a huge opportunity for our brand.”

In Macau, which along with Hong Kong makes up the two special administrative regions of China, the Hon Hoi Group (International) Co. Ltd will open two Dairy Queen locations within the year, the company said.

The first is expected to open this spring.

Egypt will mark the 20th country in which Dairy Queen will have a presence. Boraie Development, an Egyptian, family-run company with businesses in New Jersey and Egypt, will open the first DQ Grill & Chill restaurant in Cairo this summer. In addition to Cairo, Dairy Queen said there is the potential to open 40 to 50 restaurants throughout four to five additional Egyptian cities.

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