Beef Jerky Outlet Franchises are now available for sale in Illinois and Maryland. Beef Jerky Outlet is an Entrepreneur Top 500 Franchise featuring hundreds of varieties of jerky and specialty snack foods at locations in 16 states. Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise currently has 34 operating stores with over 40 more slated to open in the near future. Paul Lyons, Beef Jerky Outlet COO, is pleased with the prospects for franchise sales in both Illinois and Maryland. “Our research indicates many prime locations in these states that meet all of our requirements for success. We prefer busy destination venues adjacent to high traffic retail shopping areas. Proximity to big box outdoor retailers is a real plus, given our customer demographics,” said Lyons. There are several excellent retail opportunities in the greater Chicagoland area, according to Lyons. “Hoffman Estates, Gurnee and Bolingbrook are all busy shopping areas featuring either Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops. I expect that these locations will be snapped up right away by current franchise owners or new applicants,” said Lyons. Maryland also offers excellent opportunities, including the Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, which is anchored by a Bass Pro Shop.