Dill Dinkers™ Expands with Regional Development Deal for Southern Maryland
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Dill Dinkers™ Expands with Regional Development Deal for Southern Maryland

May 14, 2024 // Franchising.com // COLUMBIA, MD - Dill Dinkers Pickleball announced today the addition of its 16th regional developer. The individuals behind this partnership have committed to the development of eight or more dedicated indoor pickleball facilities throughout Southern Maryland including Calvert, St. Mary’s, Charles, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel counties.

Spearheading the locations in Southern Maryland are HBCU alumni and business partners, Bridget McLaughlin and Alicia deForest. They are looking forward to introducing facilities that are designed and dedicated to pickleball and granting opportunities for pickleball players to enjoy access to more court time and year-round play. As regional developers, the long-time friends and business partners provide great balance in management and mixed-use developments, sharing a passion for health and wellness that will propel the growth and success of their Dill Dinkers business.

Mclaughlin, who has spent over 20 years working in the affordable housing and real estate development industry in Maryland, is a seasoned professional with progressive experience providing analysis, strategic planning, and program and project management using exceptional interpersonal abilities, and she will be managing all day-to-day operations. Coupled with deForest’s background as an attorney in D.C. for the past 25 years, she brings extensive knowledge of compliance and the fundamentals of running a business and will be managing all legal matters.

"We were both looking to diversify our portfolios when we found the Dill Dinkers franchise opportunity,” said McLaughlin. “After connecting with other franchise owners about the training and support and learning more about the business model, it became clear the Dill Dinkers team is invested and truly wants to make a big difference. We value the community aspect of the sport and being able to provide a community for people of all demographics and skill levels to engage and build relationships.”

Motivated by a desire to build communities with a fun and engaging sport, McLaughlin and deForest are looking forward to offering an inclusive community and exposing the sport to other women and families of color and all ages. Passionate about health and wellness, they understand how essential community is to well-being and are thrilled to offer a high-quality pickleball experience. With Dill Dinkers, they look to bring people together, provide a sense of belonging, and establish a great team of employees and other entrepreneurs who are just as passionate about a premier pickleball offering and promoting community engagement.

“Bridget and Alicia are exactly the type of developers we are looking for,” says Dr. Ben Litalien, Chief Development Officer. “They truly believe in the benefits an indoor pickleball court can offer the community in promoting mental wellness and an active lifestyle year-round. We are excited to support them as they build something special in Southern Maryland.”

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