Perhaps it’s the staggering economic downturn that has held up the plans of Bryan Seldon, David Weaver and Jeff Worthen to open Wingstops here and in other parts of East Texas. Yet one of the partners in the development indicated Sulphur Springs was an important part of their plans.
“One of the partners in a group planning to build a multitude of restaurants in East Texas, including Sulphur Springs, said last week the Hopkins County location is among their priority locations.
“Bryan Selden, who along with David Weaver Jeff Worthen plan to open 12 new Wingstop, cited the role Sulphur Springs plays in the region as a reason for its selection.
"We chose the greater Northeast Texas area to grow the brand as this is an area we already do business in with other brands, and Sulphur Springs is an important part of this area," Selden said.
Two years later, for whatever reason — the cruddy economy, perhaps — there’s still no Wingstop here.
But fear not, wing lovers — the fat lady ain’t sung yet, and the plans to open a restaurant are alive and well.
“Sulphur Springs is part of the development agreement with Bryan Seldon, David Weaver and Jeff Worthen,” a representative of the group wrote in response to inquiries made Tuesday about the future franchise. “However, at this time they have not yet negotiated a lease to open a store in Sulphur Springs. I’ll keep you posted on the status and let you know when there is more news.”
We'll let you know when we hear more.
If you don't know much about Wingstop, read on:
Wingstop, specializing in chicken wings with different sauces, was founded in 1994 and began franchising in 1997. Wingstop has more than 600 locations open or under development nationwide, and systemwide sales grew from $11.9 million in 2000 to $150 million in 2006. Two years ago, the company announced it sold its one billionth wing. Today the count is at 1.77 billion.
According to the Wingstop website, “Wingstop restaurants are designed featuring a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere. All of our stores are outfitted with 1930's-1940's, pre-jet engine aviation décor and artifacts. The entire family will feel welcome in our comfortable and inviting surroundings.”
Jeff Worthen has owned three Wingstop restaurants, while Selden has operated 11 Great American Cookie franchises for 20 years. David Weaver has been a Subway franchisee for more than 20 years and operates 12 units in the Tyler area.
In addition to Sulphur Springs, the developers plans call for new Wingstops in Tyler, Longview, Corsicana, Palestine, Ennis, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Jacksonville, Marshall, Paris and Henderson.
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