Wingstop Celebrates 500th Restaurant With $5 Combos

Wingstop, the national chicken wing chain that has sold more than 3 billion wings, will celebrate its 500threstaurant, located at 289 Livingston St. in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday, Dec. 19.

In celebration of 500 restaurants, and as a thank you to wing fans across the country, the company is offering a $5 special on its five-wing combo, available Monday, Dec. 19 only. The offer includes five regular wings or five boneless wings, sauced and tossed in any of 10 flavors; a regular beverage; and a regular order of fresh-cut, seasoned fries.

Wingstop Secures $15 Million to Support Franchisees

Wingstop, the rapidly expanding wing chain with almost 500 locations in the U.S. and Mexico, announced a new program designed to provide financing for franchisees. The financing will be provided through Franchise America Finance (FAF) and The Bancorp Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bancorp, Inc.

Under the terms of the partnership, Wingstop has $15 million available to assist with financing franchisees in the development of new restaurants.

Wingstop Appoints Chief Franchise Relations Officer

Wingstop Restaurants announced today that Wes Jablonski has been named to the newly-created position of chief franchise relations officer.

Jablonski, who has been a member of the Wingstop management team for nine years, had served as chief development officer since 2009 and chief financial officer from 2003 to 2009.

Wingstop Scores Slam Dunk With NBA’s Drew Gooden

The lockout may have stalled the NBA season, but things are still heating up for Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden. Gooden has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with national hot wing chain Wingstop to open four restaurants in Orlando, Florida, over the next few years.

Gooden and his operating partner, George Taylor III, have formed Zerocon Food Systems, LLC, and expect to open their first location in early 2012.

Rick Ross’ First Wingstop Rolls into Memphis

America’s best wings have landed in Memphis, Tennessee, thanks to platinum selling recording artist Rick Ross. Today, the Maybach Music Group CEO opened Ross’ first Wingstop restaurant at 7706 Winchester Rd.

Wingstop and Rick Ross first appeared together on Ross’ hit single “MC Hammer” where he rapped about his love of the chain’s Lemon Pepper-flavored wings. Now, just over a year later, Ross has opened his own Wingstop.

Celebrity Spokespeople: Not Just for the Mega Chains

Most consumers can recall a celebrity-driven fast food marketing campaign, whether it’s Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shooting hoops for McDonald’s or Michael Phelps bringing gold to Subway.

But celebrity spokespeople extend beyond the mega-famous endorsing for the mega-chains.

Take Penn Station East Coast Subs, for example. The Cincinnati-based brand has used regional celebrities such as Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to support various campaigns.

Franchisees Help Wingstop Takes Flight in Atlanta

Wingstop announced today the company has signed multiple development agreements that will result in 15 new restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Wingstop, owned by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, hosted an open house event last spring where franchise candidates had an opportunity to meet with company executives and learn more about expansion plans in Atlanta.

Double Dip? Bring It On

Having survived one debilitating recession, restaurants feel poised to withstand another.

With the housing market still depressed, food prices on the rise, and unemployment hovering above 9 percent, some economists now fear that the nation is on the verge of entering a second round of recession, if it hasn’t already.

While the prospect of a “double dip” into recession should have restaurant operators concerned, many say the Great Recession that began in 2008 adequately prepared them for the worst.