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Diversified Partners to acquire Bar K with rapid expansion in mind

Photo of Bar K in St Louis that is now owned by Diversified Partners
The nationwide rollout of Bar K, Diversified Partners officials say, is expected to generate over 500 jobs in 2024 and 2025. (File Photos/
Diversified Partners plans 100 Bar K locations across U.S. by 2027
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Diversified Partners is acquiring Bar K, and the financial arrangement is now officially in escrow.

Following a two-year pursuit, Diversified Partners is also announcing the move of Bar K headquarters to Arizona as the Bar K concept has garnered immense popularity with its unique dog parks offering a blend of a modern bar, restaurant and event space.

Diversified Partners’ planned expansion involves the establishment of 100 new Bar K locations across major metropolitan markets throughout the United States and Canada by 2027, Diversified Partners representatives tell the Arizona Digital Free Press.

Officials there say markets will include Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Texas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Tenn., Orlando, Fla., Phoenix, Riverside, Calif., Sacramento, Calif., San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Virginia Beach, Va.

The nationwide rollout is expected to generate over 500 jobs in 2024 and 2025.

“In my 30-year career I have never seen something with an X-Factor, special quality like this,” said President and CEO of Diversified Partners Walt Brown Jr. “The dogs want to be here, they scratch and claw and bark with joy when they arrive at Bar K. Bar K combines an experiential world-class dog park in a safe, friendly environment, combining the best of food, beverage, friends and family.”

Diversified Partners plans 100 Bar K locations across U.S. by 2027

The Bar K model revolves around providing a paradise for dogs and people —- imagine having a beer and burger and watching your dog have the time of its life.

“The one thing all people coming to Bar K all relate to is the joy and love of dog ownership,” Mr. Brown said. “Bar K is the only place nationwide where dog owners and their friends can have that experience together with fabulous food and beverage. Our team at Diversified Partners is enthusiastic about bringing this joyous experience to pet owners across the nation.”

Bar K’s flagship location in Kansas City, Mo., opened in 2018 and has welcomed more than 500,000 people and 350,000 dogs since its launch.

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