Wingstop Awards Golden Goose to Top Performers

Wingstop recently honored its top performing brand partners, team members, and vendors during the company’s 9th International Convention at the Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The honorees of Wingstop’s signature Golden Goose award included single-store and multi-unit operators from markets across the United States and Mexico. The chain also recognized more than 70 operators as Million Dollar Club Members, for grossing more than $1 million in sales throughout the year.

Top winners included:

It’s a Rap: Rick Ross Brings Wingstop to Tennessee

Maybach Music Group CEO and platinum selling recording artist Rick Ross has added Wingstop to his growing empire.

Rick Ross, affectionately called the Boss, recently signed a development agreement to bring Wingstop to Memphis, Tennessee, and will open his first of several Wingstop restaurants this fall at 7706 Winchester Rd. in Memphis.

With NFL Lockout Over, Fast Feeders Breathe Easy

Several restaurant concepts are breathing a sigh of relief this week after the NFL lockout, which began in March, was lifted Monday, ensuring that none of the 2011 season will be missed.

In a QSR story published shortly after the lockout went into affect, a number of restaurant executives shared their fear that the lockout would have a significant impact on business.

Wingstop’s Year-to-Year Sales Continue Increase

Wingstop announced today that same store sales for the second quarter are up 6 percent over the same quarter last year, and up 4.2 percent for the first half of 2011.

“This has been one of the strongest quarters of the past few years, and we got there without raising prices or compromising on quality,” Wingstop CEO Jim Flynn says. “One advantage is that wing prices have remained consistent and we’ve been able to hold our costs in line and bring our guests a great product at a great value.”

The 10 Best Franchise Deals

For some, it’s an average sales-to-investment ratio nearing 2:1, dedicated corporate support that helps franchisees succeed, or a distinctive niche that carries marketplace allures.

For others, a good franchise deal boasts recent growth despite the nation’s economic woes, stable leadership that ensures consistent strategy, or consumer satisfaction ratings highlighting consumer interest.

Wingstop Tries Its Hand at Chicken Sandwiches

Wingstop announced that, after building its success with chicken wings, it is now taking on the chicken sandwich. The national chain that specializes in made-to-order chicken wings is expanding its menu to include its original version of the chicken sandwich: Gliders.

Made with a three-ounce boneless, all-white-meat chicken breast, then coated in Wingstop’s proprietary seasoned breading, the sandwich is cooked to order and served on a fresh-baked yeast roll with pickle slices. It can be sauced and tossed in any of the nine Wingstop proprietary flavors, or can be served plain.

Locked Down

The NFL lockout, which threatens the 2011 season, has quick-serve operators wary of a potential sales hit.

Billionaire owners, millionaire players, an increasingly disenchanted fan base, mounds of legal speak, and segments of the quick-service industry wondering what it all might mean to their bottom line—it’s a recipe for a dish many restaurant brands would rather not make.

The National Football League (NFL) lockout is under way, though, with owners and players battling over salaries, revenue sharing, and financial transparency—contentious issues that could postpone the 2011 season or even spur game cancellations.

Sales Keep Rising at Wingstop

Wingstop announced that same store sales for the first quarter are up 2.5 percent over the same quarter last year.  

The 480-unit chain sold more than 5 million wings on Super Bowl Sunday—a record for the company—opened six new stores, and awarded development agreements for 31 new locations since January. Additionally, the company’s international spokesman, Troy Aikman, joined the Wingstop Board of Directors in February.