Industry News | January 27, 2011

Franchisee Will Bring 20 Wingstops to Baltimore-D.C.

Wingstop is expanding throughout the Baltimore-Washington Corridor. The company, which has experienced more than seven years of same-store sales increases, recently signed a development agreement to open 20 new stores in the area over the next several years.

Business partners Rahim Kurji and Bidjaan Kassam have signed a 20-store development agreement and expect to open four locations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this year.

“We love the Wingstop product, and the concept of just serving wings and fries,” Kurji says. “It’s a fresh, simple idea and the demographics and density of D.C. and Baltimore are a perfect fit. Plus, D.C. is a transient city so there’s a built-in audience of California and Texas fans who live here and already know the concept and love the food. We’re excited to open our first stores later this year.”  

In addition to Wingstop, Kassam and Kurji are involved in multiple business ventures. The Dallas-based operators already have local management teams in place and are scouting sites in Baltimore and D.C.

“Our ultimate goal is to open 20 Wingstops in five years,” Kassam says. “We have every desire to build as many as we can. The density here is incredible and it gives us a lot of opportunity to grow. We can’t wait to get started and plan to hit the ground running.”

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