Wingstop Reaches Six Consecutive Years of Comp Restaurant Sales Increases
End of Q2 marks 24 quarters of positive comp store sales for national chicken wing chain
DALLAS - What do you get when you combine 1.7 billion chicken wings, 2.3 million gallons of Original Hot wing sauce and 60 million orders of fresh-cut seasoned fries? If you're Wingstop you get exactly six years of increased comparable stores sales. Today Wingstop, the nation's fastest growing chicken wing chain, announced comp store sales had increased for the 24th consecutive quarter - or six years.
Wingstop ended the most recent quarter at a positive 3.3 percent. James A. Flynn, president and CEO of the Dallas-based chain credits the growth to the chain's network of franchisees, loyal customers and focus on a single product - chicken wings.
"It's a testament to everyone involved - our brand partners, our loyal patrons, our crewmembers and our corporate team - that Wingstop continues to open new restaurants, reach new customers and increase sales each quarter," said Flynn, noting that the company has achieved double digit increases in 13 of the 24 quarters. "Although the economy has experienced ups and downs over the past six years, Wingstop has continued to soar."
Six years ago Wingstop had 122 restaurants open in 18 states. Today the company, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, has 420 stores open and 200 restaurants under development in a total of 33 states.
In the past six years Wingstop has:
- Introduced its ninth wing flavor, Hickory Smoked BBQ, which is now the third most popular sauce in the Wingstop system.
- Introduced Family Packs, Combo Meals and online ordering which today accounts for more than 50 percent of sales.
- Gone from two to more than 90 restaurants on the West Coast.
- Increased its appeal with women and children with the introduction of boneless strips, which now account for 12 to 15 percent of sales.
- Signed its first international franchise development agreement to open 10 restaurants in the State of Mexico and Mexico DF.
- Continued a six-year relationship with national spokesman Troy Aikman.
"Wingstop has taken a simple concept and straightforward business model with a strong focus on carryout service, and grown from a few restaurants in Texas to an international brand," added Flynn. "We look forward to serving another 1.7 billion wings to our guests."
Wingstop offers restaurants with a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere where the sole focus is on chicken wings. Wingstop features nine wing flavors, including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. The wings are cooked-to-order and customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including fresh-cut seasoned fries, bourbon baked beans, potato salad, creamy cole slaw, vegetable sticks, rolls and assorted dipping sauces. Wingstop has received an American Business Award for Best Overall Company and was chosen Wing King at the 2006 National Buffalo Wing Festival. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain's national spokesman since 2003.