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Merced, CA, United States, 2006/03/30 - Wingstop, a fast-growing chicken wing franchise known for cooked-to-order wings, opened its first Merced, Calif. location on March 22..
Eldridge Johns and Vanessa Beckman opened the new location in The Promenade Center at 779 E. Yosemite Ave., Suite D (corner of Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road next to Starbucks). The new Wingstop is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Beer and wine are available at the Merced location and in-store television programming will feature DirecTV baseball, football and basketball packages. To contact the new Wingstop or to place take out orders, please call 209-383-9464.
Wingstop’s signature bone-in chicken wings and boneless wings are prepared fresh and are available in nine proprietary flavors. Both types of wings are made-to-order and there are no heat lamps, microwaves or holding bins in the store. Side dishes are made from scratch and prepared daily in each location. Party platters are available for catered events such as office parties, family gatherings and sporting events.
“I conducted extensive research trying to find a franchise concept to bring to the area,” said Johns. “I knew Wingstop would be successful because of the simplicity of the concept and the great-tasting wings. We’re pleased to open our first restaurant in Merced and true to the company’s mission, we’ll provide quality products with superior guest experience at an exceptional value - every day."
Wingstop offers restaurants with a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere where the sole focus is on chicken wings. The chain now serves boneless wings that are made from 100 percent all-white meat chicken breast coated with a proprietary batter and breading. Wingstop features nine wing flavors, including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. The wings are always made-to-order and served steaming hot. Customers also choose from homemade side dishes: fresh-cut seasoned fries, bourbon baked beans, pearl potato salad, creamy cole slaw, vegetable sticks, rolls and assorted dipping sauces.
Wingstop has more than 450 restaurants either open or under development in 26 states and consistently tops industry growth rankings. Wingstop was chosen Festival Favorite Restaurant at the 2005 National Buffalo Wing Festival and their Cajun sauce took first place honors for the Best Creative Spicy Sauce in the festival’s blind taste test. In July 2005, Wingstop ranked number 13 in Restaurant Business’ Top 50 Growth Chains (ranked by percentage increase in units) and was ranked the number one chicken wing chain by Entrepreneur magazine in 2005. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame inductee, signed on as the chain’s national spokesman in 2003.