Woody's Chicago Style

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Woody's Chicago Style
Industry Franchise Food Service
Founded 1987
Headquarters Lakewood, Colorado
Key people
Kristin K. Meyer, Co-Founder,CEO & President
Products Retail - Chicago Style Sandwiches
Number of employees
Website www.woodyschicagostyle.com

Woody's Chicago Style is a franchise hot dog company based in the Denver, Colorado, area, serving Chicago-style hot dogs.

Woody's was started by the Meyer family in 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a special events concession company. The family of five would do various events ranging from "Family Sunday" at the Bishop Museum to Super Bowl Sunday at the home of known public figures, catering event at the famous Magnum, P.I. house and UH football games, including the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium.

Since their inception, Woody's has constantly worked on doing more with less. In the early 1990s, Woody's started a few regular locations around the island. These locations included the Bishop Museum, Dole Food Company, Dole Pineapple Cannery, Pay-N-Pak, Scofield, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Camp Smith, Tripler Hospital, Hawaii Maritime Museum, Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Within a few years, the blossoming relationship with Pay n Pac's Home Improvement Warehouse allowed Woody's the opportunity to open a concession at the newest hardware concept, Eagle Hardware & Garden.

Within a year, Eagle offered Woody's the rights to open franchises in new stores in Colorado, California, Nevada and Arizona. Hawaii is still remembered as one of Woody's most recognized market.

In 1998, Eagle Hardware was purchased by the hardware mega-giant Lowe's. After the purchase, Lowe's approached Woody's about providing service to as many of their stores as possible. Locations opened from Hawaii to North Carolina.

Woody's transitioned their name upon their growth on the Mainland to Woody's Chicago Style and the corporate office was then moved in 2000 to Morrison Colorado and then finally to their own facility in 2009 to Lakewood, Colorado. Today, Woody's has only 3 concessions (hot dog carts). Hawaii, Nevada and Washington state.

Woody's has had a drastic decline in franchised locations in the last 5 years due to the economic recession. In 2017, they are at three locations from a high of originally 82.

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