The Dairy Queen system is one of the largest fast food systems in the world, with more than 6,800 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and more than 25 other countries.
There is great demand for their free-standing stores as net lease investments. Dairy Queen has locations in all major markets and are one of the most recognized QSR chains in the world. The leases Dairy Queen tends to sign relieve the owner of any landlord responsibilities and provide for rental increases during the primary term. Dairy Queens are operated by franchisees as opposed to corporately owned.
Dairy Queen dates back to John F. MCullough, his son Bradley and their soft-serve ice cream formula in 1938. They opened an ice cream store with a friend and customer, Sherb Noble, in Kankakee, Ill., and then their first Dairy Queen in Joliet, Ill., in 1940.
Back then, food franchising was all but unheard of, but the new product's potential made it a natural for such a system. When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, there were fewer than 10 Dairy Queen stores. However, shortly after the war, the system took off at a pace virtually unrivaled before or since. With only 100 stores in 1947, it grew to 1,446 in 1950 and then to 2,600 in 1955.
Today, Dairy Queen is a staple and leader of the QSR industry. American Dairy Queen Corporation is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.