Snohomish County – After the successful opening of the ninth Dick’s location in Federal Way (the second in South King County), Dick’s Drive-Ins is heading north. The company announced today that it has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a site just north of Airport Road on Highway 99. The property is located at 1629 Center Road, Everett.
“We know our customers north of Edmonds have been waiting patiently for us to look north again,” said Jasmine Donovan, President of Dick’s Drive-Ins and granddaughter of the founder and namesake, Dick Spady. Edmonds was the first new location the beloved local burger restaurant chain opened in 37 years, back in 2011.
“My grandfather and his two co-founders believed they could provide value to customers by serving quality food, fast and inexpensively, in exceptionally clean kitchens. They also believed in investing in their employees and their community. Our customers tell us that these values are timeless,” said Donovan. “We’ve been working hard to build our capacity to grow sustainably and are very excited to bring Dick’s Drive-Ins to Everett.” Each new Dick’s Drive-In location creates about 50 new jobs.
The property purchase is contingent on the successful completion of various feasibility studies and obtaining all necessary permits from Snohomish County and the City of Everett. “Both Snohomish County and the City of Everett have been so welcoming. We look forward to working with their land use teams to find a successful path forward to opening this new location,” Donovan shared.
The original Dick’s Drive-In opened in January 1954 on Northeast 45th Street in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. The company will kick-off its 70th anniversary celebrations later this year. Dick’s Drive-In is known for serving delicious burgers made from fresh-never-frozen certified angus beef, hand dipping and individually whipping its signature milkshakes and hand cutting its french fries from local Washington potatoes. They are also known for paying the best wages and benefits in the industry, including a 100% employer-paid medical insurance plan, and a $28,000 college scholarship program for both part-time and full-time employees. Dick’s Drive-In also invests in charities serving our local communities through its RoundUp for Charity program, having raised and donated over $2.9 million dollars since it was created.