Wingstop Announces Expansion Plans for Charlotte, N.C.

Fast-growing chicken wing chain to add locations throughout area; Franchise event scheduled for March 1-2

RICHARDSON, Texas, Feb. 16, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Wingstop is landing in Charlotte. National chicken wing chain Wingstop has launched an expansion campaign designed to add several locations throughout Charlotte. And the company is offering incentives to help new franchisees join the Wingstop system.

The expansion effort begins with an open house March 1-2 where franchise prospects will have an opportunity to learn about Wingstop's plans and meet one-on-one with company executives.

Wingstop currently has 475 locations nationwide, including three in the Raleigh-Durham area, and believes Charlotte is an ideal market for expansion. The company is currently offering a franchise incentive campaign designed to offer qualified franchise candidates an introductory franchise fee and royalty fee.

"Our North Carolina restaurants have a very loyal fan following with a lot of potential for expansion," said David Vernon, vice president of franchise sales for Wingstop. "That, coupled with the simple operating platform of cooked-to-order wings and fresh-cut fries makes Wingstop an ideal concept for entrepreneurs and multi-unit operators in the Charlotte area."

With a sole focus on cooked-to-order chicken wings, the Texas-based company was founded in 1994 and began franchising in 1997. Today Wingstop has more than 475 stores open nationwide and in Mexico with a menu that continues to keep the emphasis on 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.

Wingstop was recently recognized by Technomic as one of the 10 fastest-growing concepts in the U.S., ranked #71 on the 2011 Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 and #48 on the 2011 AllBusiness AllStar list.

Event registration: To schedule a one-on-one meeting with a Wingstop executive, please contact Steve Sweetman at ssweetman@wingstop.com, 919-870-7860 or visit www.wingstopfranchise.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 made-to-order 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. For more information, visit www.wingstop.com or www.wingstopfranchise.com.

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