Wingstop to Open 20 Stores in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor

Fast-growing wing chain signs development agreement for 20 new locations

RICHARDSON, Texas, Jan. 27, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- 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," said Kurji. "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 currently scouting sites in Baltimore and D.C.

"Our ultimate goal is to open 20 Wingstops in five years," added Kassam. "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."

With a sole focus on cooked-to-order chicken wings, the Wingstop menu features traditional and boneless wings sauced and tossed in nine proprietary flavors including Original Hot, Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan, and side dishes like fresh-cut, seasoned fries. For more information, or to find the nearest Wingstop location, visit www.wingstop.com.

About Wingstop

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Wingstop has more than 475 restaurants open across the United States and Mexico. With a sole focus on chicken wings, the Wingstop menu features nine wing flavors including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. Wings are made fresh, cooked-to-order and customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including Wingstop's award winning fresh-cut seasoned fries. Wingstop has experienced more than seven consecutive years of positive sales increases, received multiple American Business Awards, was crowned Wing King at the National Buffalo Wing Festival and has been voted 'best wings' by outlets across the country. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain's national spokesman since 2003. Wingstop was acquired in 2010 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in business and consumer service companies with attractive growth prospects and revenues ranging from $20 million to $1.0 billion.

SOURCE Wingstop

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