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Massapequa DQ to Hire 100

Franchisee says Massapequa restaurant targets end of May opening.

Dairy Queen is looking to hire 100 part-time employees as it prepares to open Long Island’s first franchise at the end of May, the owner confirmed to Patch.

Franchise owner Laura Maier, 34, of Massapequa, said she’s in the process of remodeling the Sunrise Highway location, site of the former Burger King, and is excited about bringing the DQ brand to Massapequa.

“This was something I always wanted to do,” Maier said. “I grew up in New Jersey and there was a Dairy Queen we frequented. I wanted to be a part of that. It’s a great company that’s been around for 70 years.”

The Massapequa location is a DQ Grill & Chill, which features an expanded menu, from burgers to the company's trademark ice cream. 

This is Maier’s first foray into the restaurant business after spending more than a decade working in health care. It took her more than a year and a half to secure an agreement with the Minnesota-based company, which has more than 4,500 locations nationwide.

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While Maier’s immediate attention is focused on the Massapequa launch, she’s eyeing potential locations for other DQs around Long Island. She hopes to open another franchise somewhere in Nassau by the end of 2013. 

“We have a couple of other locations we're working on, but I could not refuse the Massapequa location,” Maier said. “To have it in my town is exciting.”

While the Massapequa DQ’s management staff is in place, Maier said she expects to hire an additional 100 part-time staff in a variety of positions, including cake decorators. DQ is taking applications online at LongIslandDQ.com

The 3,000-square foot space has seating for 90, will feature a fireplace and include free WiFi. It has a drive thru with access from Unqua Road and Sunrise. Maier hopes to add additional outdoor seating for 40 at some point after the May opening.

So just chill. DQ is coming soon.

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randy April 09, 2013 at 12:33 AM
GOOD LUCK, ALWAYS WANTED A DAIRY QUEEN, PUT IN SOME FROZEN YOGURT TOO, BIG SELLER THESE DAYS...........
Bart April 09, 2013 at 05:06 AM
So right, part-time with no benefits or vacation is much better for our community! if you're sick you're fired! Stupid Obama's ice cream stores only hire full time with benefits. That hurts our economy cause the workers are always on vacation spending money.
barbara petrillo April 09, 2013 at 12:37 PM
cant wait!!! yum!
Sky Soldier 82 April 09, 2013 at 05:44 PM
good luck finding a 100 kids this town that want jobs
Andrew April 13, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Paul, you're a clown.. and Brainy Bart as well.. it's an ice cream store, the same replica's that have been in existence since the 70's... what does this have to do with Obama? I started my working career at one of these back in the late 70's.. part time.. taught me a lot. I now have a master's degree and an executive position in Manhattan. You TEATARDS stop at nothing spewing your misinformation and garbage. IDIOT

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