Dairy Queen’s First NYC Location Opens This Month

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Hurricane Sandy turned their plans upside-down. Photo: Courtesy of Dairy Queen

It was almost one year ago that Dairy Queen International CEO John Gainor appeared on Businessweek and announced plans to open "three or four stores" in the city by the end of the year, starting with its first shop at the St. George Terminal of the Staten Island Ferry. But 2012 ended, winter came and went, and still ... no blizzards. So what happened? "Hurricane Sandy kind of changed our plans for us," a company spokesperson tells Grub Street, adding that the Staten Island DQ is on track and will likely open "right around Memorial Day." (It'll also serve breakfast.) The company confirms it is currently scouting Manhattan locations for subsequent shops, but says its second will likely land in the Times Square area. "Our goal is to have that one open by late November or early December." [Earlier]