Wingstop awarded chain-wide producers at an Apr. 10 ceremony in San Antonio at the franchise’s 2006 national convention. The convention was held Apr. 9-11 at the Westin Riverwalk. Each honoree received a Golden Goose, an Oscar-type award, representing the chain’s mascot.
Calvin Golden of DeSoto, Texas was awarded the second-annual Golden Goose for Lifetime Achievement. Golden owns two Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex locations, was president of the Franchise Advisory Council and in the words of Jim Flynn, Wingstop CEO, “is the ultimate ambassador of the brand.”
Wingstop’s Multi-Unit Operator of the Year award was given to Charles Loflin of San Antonio. Loflin has 16 Wingstop restaurants in Texas and New Mexico and currently has three under development.
“Charles’ restaurants are operated with precision and unbeatable customer service,” said Flynn. “His Wingstops are consistently among the top in sales and customer satisfaction. Charles is very deserving of this recognition.”
Ruth and Bill Kirby of Gainesville, Fla. were named Single Unit Operators of the Year. They have been Wingstop franchisees since 2002.
The mystery shopper award and subsequent trip to Hawaii were awarded to Samir Abou-Diwan of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio. The winner was chosen following a secret “shop off” between three Wingstops that had all scored perfectly on 2005 mystery shops. Additionally, there were 14 restaurants that scored 99 percent on the year.
Wingstop also named Pilgrim’s Pride vendor of the year.
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 No. 13 in Restaurant Business’ Top 50 Growth Chains (ranked by percentage increase in units) and was ranked the No. 1 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.
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