Industry News | August 11, 2000

Wingstop Schedules St. Louis Landing

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On August 1, Wingstop Restaurants' CEO, Antonio Swad, announced that a development agreement to build its first St. Louis, Missouri location was signed on July 22. Commercial agents from real estate firm Quine & Associates have begun a site search.

The restaurant is slated to open November 6, 2000. Wingstop's nostalgic, aviation-themed restaurants feature eight unique wing flavors, always made fresh to order for steaming hot, tasty results.

Customers can also choose from a variety of homemade side dishes such as bourbon-baked beans, freshly cut and seasoned fries, carrot or celery sticks, and pearl potato salad.

The first franchised restaurant opened in Dallas, Texas just over two years ago. Now, there are 19 in operation and 14 more under development in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and now Missouri. According to Jim Deering, the company's vice president, requests for Wingstop franchising information have been pouring in from all parts of the country over the past six months. The company plans to sign agreements to open restaurants in Arizona and California next. "We are really pleased and excited about how fast the concept has taken off," said Antonio Swad, founder of Wingstop Restaurants, Inc.

Dick Dempsey, originally from Henderson, Kentucky, will be the new owner-operator of the first St. Louis Wingstop. Dempsey, formally a mining engineer for 30 years, decided to make a change and become involved in a franchise operation.