One of the nation's largest barbecue franchises is opening its new Louisiana location this week, and it's celebrating with a big holiday party. 

Thursday, December 19th, the first 50 customers who purchase an item will receive a Dickey's Barbecue Pit gift card loaded with up to $50.  The party continues for three days.

"I'm looking forward to bringing great barbecue to the Bossier community," says local owner Catherine Long.  "Families are going to love our quick-serve, home-style barbecue."

The party continues Friday with a day of merchandise giveaways.  Saturday, the location will be serving $2 Pulled Pork Barbecue sandwiches, and our own Kiss Country 93.7 will be onhand from noon to 2 p.m.  One lucky winner will get a gift card for $500 good at any Dickey's location.

As a former Dallas resident, Long says she's always been a big fan of Dickey's, and felt it was perfect for the Bossier community.  She's lived in the area for about five years with her husband and two children.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Bossier City is located at 2620 Beene Boulevard, in the Target Shopping Center across from Chick-Fil-A.