“We’ll be one of the few food establishments along Miamisburg-Centerville Road to be open until midnight,” franchise owner Robert Hall told this news outlet today.
Wingstop is still in training mode for its 22 employees, so franchise owners say the restaurant will be in soft-opening mode for the first couple of weeks. “We’ll host a grand opening in a few weeks,” Hall said.
The restaurant also will add bottled beer to the menu in a few weeks, the franchise owner said.
Another new entry into the Dayton area’s robust chicken-restaurant market is poised to open on Miamisburg-Centerville Road — and the franchise owner says he plans to open two to four more locations around the region.
The new Wingstop restaurant is expected to open at the end of next week at 2006 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) at I-675, in the east edge of the South Towne Center in Miami Twp.
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The restaurant seats 46 and will hire about 20 people, franchise owner Robert Hall told this news outlet. Hall’s son, Ryan Hall of Beavercreek, is the restaurant’s general manager.
Robert Hall said the restaurant is still hiring. Interested applicants can apply on-site.
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Wingstop serves a variety of wings, from mildly spiced to atomic. The lemon-pepper wings and seasoned fresh-cut fries are among customer favorites, Hall said.
The new Wingstop will have a license to sell beer in bottles. Catering is also available.
Hall said he is looking to open three to five Wingstop locations total in the broader Dayton area. The region has been a hotbed of chicken-restaurant competition in the last year or two, but Hall is confident.
“We feel we have a niche in the market,” the franchise owner said.
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Founded in 1994, Dallas-based Wingstop opened its 1,000th location earlier this year in Atlanta. It operates multiple restaurants in the Cincinnati and Columbus areas.
Wingstop said in a release earlier this year 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, company officials said.
Wingstop will enter a Dayton market that is filling up with chicken-themed restaurants.
Here’s a sampling of recent developments:
• The Bellbrook Marathon gas station and convenience store at 4491 State Route 725 East at Wilmington Pike is poised to open the Dayton area's newest Krispy Krunchy Chicken outlet, joining the Town & Country Shell station in Kettering as Krispy Krunchy gas-station outlets in the Dayton area.
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• 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 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 earlier this year — 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. Its free-standing Beavercreek location is undergoing a renovation project of its kitchen, and it has opened a lunch-only operation in the former Fairborn Theatre.
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• Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, which opened a Fairfield location last October, opened a new location on Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. and is still working on a second Dayton-area location in Beavercreek.
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• Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is gearing up to more than double its footprint in the Dayton area, starting with new restaurants in Springboro and Kettering, and moving on to two or three more, its franchise owner has told this news outlet.