Industry News | November 26, 2001

New Wave of Wingstop Restaurants to Open in San Antonio

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Jim Deering, president of Wingstop Restaurants, Inc., announced that the chicken wing chain will open two more locations in San Antonio on Wednesday, November 28, bringing the city's total to four Wingstops, with a fifth on the way within six to eight months.

Lela Nauls will open her first location at 8425 Bandera Road, Suite 156-2. She found out about the business opportunity through a friend who operates a smoothie store next to the original Wingstop in Dallas. "He would tell me about their lines going out the door every night," said Nauls, "and I had to look in to it."

Charles Loflin, a veteran Wingstop franchisee and the IFA's "Franchisee of the Year," will also open his new location on Wednesday, November 28. His third location in San Antonio, this Wingstop will be located on the busy corner of Medical and Fredericksburg streets. He also has plans for a fourth location, which should open the second quarter of 2002. Loflin currently has the two highest grossing franchised stores in the Wingstop chain.

The Dallas-based franchise operation doubled its store openings in 2000, more than doubled its store openings this year, and is on track to again double in size in 2002. The chain reports that the franchisees are prospering as well with same-store/same-period sales up 27 percent over last year's sales. "We fill a niche for adults who want quality food and a unique atmosphere in a quick-serve format," said Deering. "It works no matter what the economy is doing." He also said that the company now has stores open and under development in 13 states.