Today, restaurant franchise Wingstop announced same store sales for the third quarter are up 1.9 percent over the same quarter last year and 1.7 percent for the year to date. That marks 29 consecutive quarters of positive comparable store sales â€“ more than seven years of continued growth â€“ for the 460-unit chicken wing chain.
At a time when many chains struggled through the recent recession, the real question is â€“ how do they do it?
“It’s simple. We do one thing, and we do it better than anyone else,â€ said Jim Flynn, Wingstop CEO. â€œSince the concept was created, Wingstop has kept its focus on serving chicken wings that are made fresh and cooked-to-order. Though the average wait time for an order of chicken wings is 14 minutes, guests appreciate the quality, and that dedication has propelled our growth over the years.â€
Wingstop opened its first location in Garland, Texas in 1994. The chain quickly spread throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and began franchising in 1997. Today more than 95 percent of the network is franchise owned and operated, with the 500th location expected to open in early 2011.