By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Dairy Queen officially opened its doors at 4600 Greenfield Road with a full menu ready to serve its customers ice cream, cakes, burgers, smoothies, sundaes and more.
Customers packed the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill lobby and drive-through for the public opening Jan. 30.
Inside the 3,000-square-foot location families, teenagers and everyone in-between enjoyed the food and treats Dairy Queen had to offer as employees busily worked the registers and in the kitchen.
Cousins and businesses owners Ali Haidous and Talal Haidous opened the new location in their hometown with the hopes to provide a gathering place for the community.
“We wanted to open something different in the city for residents and visitors to enjoy,” Talal Haidous said. “When the weather warms up we’ll have our outdoor patio open as another place people can enjoy.”
The process to build the Dairy Queen began last April when the pair acquired the site and then Dairy Queen’s approval.
“Following the site acquisition and approval we moved on to get bank approval and city approval before starting construction,” Ali Haidous said. “This location is great. It is close to Ford Motor Co. and a busy intersection.”
The Haidouses praised the city of Dearborn for its support during the process.
“There were some bumps in the road with city approval but they were big supporters of the project,’ Talal Haidous said. “The building on this site was vacant for a couple of years so the city was happy to see a new development in its place.”
The final step to complete construction will be landscaping on the outside of the building before a grand opening takes place in April.
As for the construction process, Haidouses said it was the aspect they enjoyed but also had challenges in.
“We loved watching the construction develop and take shape on the building as progress was made,” Ali Haidous said. “Besides some construction set backs with weather and holidays, everything else went smoothly to open in time.”
Mike Mettler, International Dairy Queen vice president of Franchise Sales and Development, said he worked with the Haidouses through the process and identify the new Dairy Queen site.
“They approached us and expressed interest in opening a Dairy Queen in the city,” Mettler said. “The area is one I am familiar with and one we wanted to target for new development. It has the strong factors including population, traffic and employment market that we look for in our analytics model.”
The Grill & Chill offers $5 daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with ice cream cakes in various sizes available for purchase daily.
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(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])