About the Richeson Group
Doris Richeson, the company owner, built her first store front in 1969. She is quoted as saying: “When I got in the business, the price of a hamburger was 45¢, fries were 25¢, hamburger meat was 45¢ per pound, our building, with land, cost $50,000, and to equip the restaurant, the price tag was $20,000…well, you get the idea. There was no minimum wage, and we hired a woman who became manager away from the drug store, doubling her salary from 50¢ an hour to a starting pay of $1.00 per hour. Time has marched on!”
Ms. Richeson was ahead of her time but is no stranger to hard work. As one story goes she was so tired at the end of a long day working not only at her Dairy Queen but also another full time position, she got home at 2am and drove her car not into, but through the house! She almost ran over her husband; electricity sparked, gas and water spewed and fortunately no one was injured. But truth is she has been in our shoes working hard and making ends meet!
Things can get a little tough from time to time, but the restaurant business holds hope — and almost assurance — that a good job will be rewarded with a livelihood which holds no ill-gotten gains or need of financial bail-out. Our customers are our community members and our travelers happy to see the Great State of Texas. Ms. Richeson says: “People will always eat, and whether they put it in their plans or not, they will always eat out, thus we have our livelihood. We just gotta make our restaurants the best places they want to eat.”
Richeson DQ's yearly grocery list consists of almost one million pounds of potatoes, half a million pounds of American Beef and a quarter of a million gallons of dessert mix. That’s alotta groceries. Seasonally we employ up to 1000 people in our 62 stores and we need you to become a part of our team!
DQ, That’s what I like about Texas.