Another new chicken chain sets its sights on Dayton area

A new Wingstop restaurant is in the works east of the Dayton Mall on Ohio 725 in Miami Twp.

An application for a license to serve beer was filed Wednesday with the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control for a Wingstop in the South Towne Center at 2006 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725).

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A spokesman for the Dallas, Texas-based Wingstop, said he had no information about the new restaurant, but said he has reached out to the franchise owner of the Dayton-area store to obtain information. An application for a liquor license is often among the first steps taken in the formation of a new restaurant, but some operators are reluctant to discuss plans before zoning, building and other regulatory approvals are secured.

Founded in 1994, Wingstop opened its 1,000th location two weeks ago in Atlanta. It operates three restaurants in Cincinnati and five in the Columbus area.

Wingstop said in a release that it sees opportunity to grow to as many as 2,500 locations in the U.S. Last year marked the chain's 13th consecutive year of positive same-store growth, and it is poised to launch its first-ever national TV advertising campaign this month.

Wingstop will enter a Dayton market that is filling up with chicken-themed restaurants.

Here’s a sampling of recent developments:

Mike's Nashville Hot, a locally owned chain founded by a Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Another Broken Egg franchisee, has opened two Dayton-area restaurants in recent months, in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp., and on Far Hills Avenue (Ohio 48) in Centerville.

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Chick-fil-A opened two stores on the same day last month — in Troy and Kettering — shortly after completing a $1 million makeover to its Miamisburg-Centerville Road store and opening another new store in the Cornerstone of Centerville development.

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Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, which opened a Fairfield location in October, told this news outlet it will enter the Dayton market in the coming months with at least two, and perhaps as many as four, new locations, starting on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. and on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is gearing up to more than double its footprint in the Dayton area, starting with a new restaurant in Springboro and moving on to three or four more, its franchise owner has told this news outlet.

RELATED: Popeyes Chicken to open 4 more Dayton-area restaurants

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