QSR 50 Contenders

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Wingstop Forms Advertising Co-ops in Major Western Markets

To support its rapid expansion, Wingstop has formed advertising cooperatives in Phoenix, San Diego, and Denver, and named DB&M Media as agency of record for the newly created co-ops.

A Los Angeles-based marketing and media firm, DB&M Media will spearhead advertising efforts for Wingstop restaurants in Phoenix, San Diego, and Denver, including television, online, social campaigns, and sports sponsorships.

Wingstop Same-Store Sales Up 12.6 Percent in Q2

Wingstop announced today that same-store sales for the second quarter are up 12.6 percent over the same quarter last year and 11.5 percent for the year to date.

“The popularity of chicken wings is bigger than ever,” says Charlie Morrison, who was named Wingstop president and CEO last month. “At a time when many concepts are scrambling to add chicken and wings to the menu, we have been perfecting the wing and fresh, made-to-order chicken for almost two decades–we are the Wing Experts.”

Wingstop Franchisee Plans Three Locations in Virginia

Neil Frank is saying goodbye to corporate America, and hello to wings.

Frank, a former strategic marketing manager/software engineer, has decided to trade in his corporate badge and become his own boss, with plans to open three Wingstop locations in Virginia. He hopes to open his first Wingstop in Fairfax County this fall.

Frank recently signed a three-store development agreement with Wingstop, the rapidly expanding wing chain with 515 locations, after moving to Ashburn, Virginia, from San Jose, California.

Wingstop Bestows Scholarships to High School Athletes

Rex Heckelman, Wingstop franchise owner and president of the D-FW advertising co-op; Carolyn Conely; Timothy Ryan Chism; Ethan Roberts; Bailey Shepherd; Pam McWhorter, Wingstop franchise owner; and Teddy Croft

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Wingstop celebrated the accomplishments of five talented Dallas-Fort Worth high school athletes with a special reception and awards presentation at the KTVT-TV CBS studios in Fort Worth on June 7.

The Richardson, Texas-based wing chain honored student athletes throughout the semester during its High School Scholar Athlete of the Month program. Since then, five athletes from around D-FW high schools received recognition in the program’s inaugural year.

Wingstop Debuts iPad App, Tap Into Wings Sweepsakes

Wingstop is now just a few taps away thanks to the introduction of the Wingstop iPad app.

And to celebrate, the award-winning wing chain is giving away five custom-engraved Wingstop iPad 3 tablets as part of its “Tap Into Wings” Facebook sweepstakes. Each customer that likes the official Wingstop Facebook page can enter to win.

Wingstop Lands in Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Florida

Wingstop is flying high in Hialeah-Miami Lakes. The award-winning hot wing chain has opened its 13th South Florida restaurant at 6408 NW 186th St.  

“We’re so excited to bring another Wingstop to Hialeah-Miami Lakes wing fanatics,” says Tina Howell, who owns the new restaurant and the Wingstop in Miami Gardens. “We just opened our doors, and already fans are lining up to try our fresh, made-to-order wings and fries. We’re excited to be part of the community.”

Wingstop to Double Chicago Presence with 25 New Units

Ten years after opening its first Chicago location, Wingstop has announced plans to double the company’s presence in the area, adding more than 25 locations, including five new restaurants scheduled to open this year.

To support the expansion effort, Wingstop has formed an advertising cooperative and named Prime Time Marketing (PTM) as its agency of record for the Chicago DMA. PTM, a Chicago-based marketing and media firm, will spearhead advertising for the area franchisees, including television, online, social, and print campaigns.