The first franchised restaurant opened in Dallas, Texas just under two years ago. Now, there are 19 in operation and 13 more under development in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma. 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 Swad. Swad, a veteran restaurateur, has been honing his craft since age 15. Said Swad, "From a very early age, I've studied restaurant concepts. It's always been fascinating to me to pick them apart and find what makes them successful." At age 43, it looks as though Swad has perfected the recipe for a phenomenal hit.
Carol Porter, Stuart Porter, and Todd Crosswhite, Houston residents, are the new owner-operators of Houston's first Wingstop location. "Business has been great," said Stuart. "We're glad to finally have our grand opening and let everyone know we're here."
Wingstop Restaurants, Inc. is based in Garland, Texas.
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