DALLAS, Nov. 06, 2017 — Wingstop Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:WING), the award-winning wing concept with more than 1,000 locations worldwide, today announced that it is expanding delivery tests of its made-to-order, hand-sauced and tossed wings, fries and new sides in Chicago, following a successful trial in the Las Vegas market, earlier this year. On-demand restaurant delivery platform DoorDash, which was one of the partners in the Las Vegas test, will serve as Wingstop’s exclusive delivery partner in Chicago.
“Our successful delivery test in Las Vegas supports what we have been hearing from fans around the country, and seeing in the restaurant industry as a whole: today’s guests want to enjoy the food they crave, from the brands they love, in the most convenient way possible,” said Charlie Morrison, President and CEO of Wingstop. “We were extremely pleased with the results from our Las Vegas test and are excited about the possibilities that our Chicago delivery test will bring.”
“We’re proud to be expanding our partnership with Wingstop to the Chicago area,” said Toby Espinosa, Head of Business Development at DoorDash. “Wings continue to be one of the most popular items on DoorDash and we’re excited to be adding one of the country’s favorite wings restaurants to our growing platform.”
With extensive suburban coverage, the Chicago market is home to 50 Wingstop restaurants and will see exclusive menu offerings in addition to delivery services. All test locations will offer guests new side-order menu items including mac-and-cheese, fried corn, and two new options for hand-cut fries: Louisiana Voodoo fries, and Buffalo Ranch fries.
Wingstop locations in Las Vegas have sustained a 10 percent increase in sales during the Company’s first delivery test in that market, which launched in April of this year. Since then, Las Vegas Wingstop locations continue to offer delivery through DoorDash. Based on the success of the Chicago test, additional markets may be added in 2018.
Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ:WING) operates and franchises more than 1,000 locations across the United States, Mexico, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. The Wing Experts’ menu features classic and boneless wings with 11 bold, distinctive flavors including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, Hickory Smoked BBQ, Louisiana Rub, and Mango Habanero. Wingstop’s wings are always cooked to order, hand-sauced and tossed and served with a variety of house-made sides including fresh-cut, seasoned fries. Having grown its domestic same store sales for 13 consecutive years, the Company has been ranked #3 on the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Restaurant Chains” by Nation’s Restaurant News (2016), #7 on the “Top 40 Fast Casual Chains” by Restaurant Business (2016), and was named “Best Franchise Deal in North America” by QSR magazine (2014). Wingstop was ranked #88 on Fortune’s 100 Best Medium Workplaces list in October 2016. Follow us on facebook.com/Wingstop and Twitter @Wingstop.
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