A Dairy Queen is slated to open in Cambridge Village by the end of 2018. The restaurant will be near the corner of N.C. 73 and N.C. 16 Business. 

DENVER – Publix patrons will notice some new construction going on at Cambridge Village,  near the corner of N.C. 16 Business and N.C. 73, over the next few months. There are plans for Dairy Queen to enter the Denver ice cream scene by the end of the year.

What it is

There are two outparcels in front of Denver’s new Publix facing N.C. 16 Business, and the plan has always been for at least one of those to be developed as a restaurant, according to Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Director Andrew Bryant.

This will be Denver’s first and only Dairy Queen – a 70-year-old creamery with more than 6,000 locations worldwide, according to its website. The restaurant offers a range of frozen treats, though it’s highly known for Blizzards – a blend of ice cream and topping served in a cup upside-down.

The plan

Bryant said plans for the new Dairy Queen came to his office about a month ago, and he foresees construction to take place over the next 8-9 months – the frozen treat spot could open by the end of 2018.

Bryant said Dairy Queen is “essentially ready to go,” but it’s waiting “ to clear state environmental health permitting.” Once the restaurant chain passes that test, construction will move fairly rapidly.

What’s next

As for the neighborhorbing outparcel, Bryant said he is unaware of plans at this time. The concept for Cambridge Village is to offer Denver a variety of shops and restaurants in a walkable environment/shopping center.


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