Report: Wingstop franchise coming to Sulphur Springs

Agreement calls for  12 restaurants in East Texas

From Staff Reports

Aug. 1, 2007 - A fast-growing restaurant chain is apparently coming to Sulphur Springs, although the date and location aren’t yet known.

Wingstop announced Tuesday an agreement had been reached for three businessmen to open a dozen Wingstop restaurants in East Texas, including Sulphur Springs.

Bryan Seldon and David Weaver will join existing Wingstop franchisee Jeff Worthen to open two new restaurants this year and four additional locations in 2008.

Attempts by the News-Telegram to contact the business partners for more information Tuesday and Wednesday were unsuccessful.

The three Texas entrepreneurs have extensive experience in the restaurant industry.

Jeff Worthen and his wife, Machiea, have owned three Wingstop restaurants for the past five years. Bryan Seldon and his wife operated 11 Great American Cookie franchises for 20 years. David and Jeannie Weaver have been Subway franchisees for nearly 20 years and operate 12 units in the Tyler area.

In addition to Sulphur Springs, the agreement calls for new Wingstops in Tyler, Longview, Corsicana, Palestine, Ennis, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Jacksonville, Marshall, Paris and Henderson.

Wingstop was founded in 1994 and began franchising in 1997. Wingstop has more than 550 locations open or under development nationwide, and systemwide sales have grown from $11.9 million in 2000 to $150 million in 2006. Earlier this year, the company announced it sold its one billionth wing.

From 2001 and 2005, the chain moved up from 336 to 89 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 ranking of all leading franchise brands worldwide.  

According to the Wingstop website, “Wingstop restaurants are designed featuring a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere. All of our stores are outfitted with 1930's1940's, pre-jet engine aviation décor and artifacts. The entire family will feel welcome in our comfortable and inviting surroundings.”

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