April 2 will mark the grand opening of a new Beef Jerky Outlet location at 1260 Bower Parkway, Suite A-5 in Columbia, South Carolina — and a chance for visitors to register for a grand prize of free jerky for a year.
The event will feature live radio broadcasts from local stations as well as samples and specials of the more than 200 varieties of jerky sold at the store, which include such rare fare as kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk flavored with everything from Cajun spices to moonshine whiskey.
“Beef jerky is the latest food craze, with Americans craving high protein, low fat snacks,” Kassandra Segars, owner of the Columbia Beef Jerky Outlet, said. “We are really looking forward to providing a different selection of the popular snack to people in our community and those just shopping in the area.”
The grand prize drawing will take place at 6 p.m. April 2. A portion of sales on grand opening day will benefit the Palmetto chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a cause close to former teacher Segars’ heart.
“Watching children in my classroom struggle to learn and interact with their peers because of their juvenile diabetes was heartbreaking,” she said. “We at the Columbia Beef Jerky Outlet want to give back and help these kids in need. We want to do everything we can to fight this disease.”
The Columbia Beef Jerky Outlet is one of 47 franchise stores that are located all across the United States.