Wingstop has announced it is launching an expansion campaign designed to add more than two dozen restaurants throughout the Washington, D.C., area over the next five years.
 
The expansion effort begins with a Tour & Taste franchise event at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza at 2 p.m. Feb. 25, where franchise prospects will have an opportunity to learn about Wingstop's plans, meet with company executives and sample the chain's wings. Event registration is from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Wingstop has four locations in Maryland and Alexandria, Va., and, based on the success of those stores, execs believe the area is ready for more.
 
"Our restaurants in the D.C. area have a loyal fan following," said Bruce Evans, vice president of franchise development for Wingstop, in a news release. "We plan to open 75 stores in the Northeast over the next several years and see at least 25 of those restaurants in the D.C. area."
 
Dallas-based Wingstop was founded in 1994 and began franchising in 1997 and has more than 440 restaurants open across the United States and Mexico. Wingstop recently experienced a record 26 consecutive quarters of positive comp stores sales and systemwide sales have grown from $11.9 million in 2000 to $306.7 million in 2009.

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