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Wings restaurant chain entering market

November 2, 2018
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A restaurant chain out of Texas specializing in wings is moving into town.

Dallas-based Wingstop Restaurants has leased a 1,800-square-foot space at East Paris Shoppes in Grand Rapids, at 3923 28th St. SE, with plans to open early in December, according to NAI Wisinski of West Michigan today.

It will be the chain’s first restaurant in West Michigan.

“We fell in love with Grand Rapids while visiting for KBS Week at Founders a couple years ago,” said Chirag Patel, owner of the Grand Rapids franchise for Wingstop. “Grand Rapids is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan cities in the country.”

Patel also owns and operates multiple fast-casual dining locations in Chicago.

Bill Tyson, a partner and retail specialist with NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, represented Patel in the lease deal.

The landlord of East Paris Shoppes, The Broadbent Company in Indianapolis, represented itself.

“Both the operators and the real estate department at Wingstop were focused on what type of location they wanted for their first West Michigan restaurant,” Tyson said. “The end-cap location in East Paris Shoppes gives them great exposure to almost 30,000 cars per day and proximity to both Woodland and CenterPoint malls.”

Wingstop, founded in 1994, operates over 1,100 restaurants worldwide.

Wingstop has been ranked No. 3 on the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Restaurant Chains” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2016, No. 7 on the “Top 40 Fast Casual Chains” by Restaurant Business in 2016 and named “Best Franchise Deal in North America” by QSR magazine in 2014.

The company was also ranked No. 88 on Fortune’s “100 Best Medium Workplaces” in 2016.

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