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Wingstop eyes Kitsap County

 Wingstop employees prepare to serve customers at a restaurant. The restaurant boasts a simple menu featuring chicken wings and several side items.  - Courtesy photo
Wingstop employees prepare to serve customers at a restaurant. The restaurant boasts a simple menu featuring chicken wings and several side items.
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Chicken wing lovers may be in luck.

An award-winning chicken wing franchise has set its sights on Kitsap County.

Wingstop, a Texas-based franchise, is looking to expand into the Pacific Northwest. The company is eyeing Silverdale and Bremerton as possible restaurant locations.

“The area is a good match with the type of customers Wingstop draws,” said Michelle Frith, account executive of S. Bell Public Relations.

Wingstop is a leader in the chicken wing business and has 450 restaurants open or under development in 27 states. In July 2005, Wingstop ranked 13th in Restaurant Business’ Top 50 Growth Chains and was named the No. 1 chicken wing chain by Entrepreneur magazine in 2005. In 2006, the company posted 14 consecutive quarters of store sales increases.

Wingstop is consistently recognized at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. The company was chosen as Wing King in 2006 and Favorite Restaurant in 2005.

Company officials are currently looking for franchisees in Kitsap County. Once prospective restaurant partners are established, Wingstop will begin the 10-month process of building and opening the restaurant.

“Once agreements are solidified, then we’ll start looking at particular pieces of land,” Frith said.

Three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman serves as the company’s national spokesman.

Rich Wood, Wingstop director of franchise recruitment, said a restaurant is open in Portland and “doing well.” Wingstop also has interest in opening restaurants in Olympia and Seattle.

“We’ve had so much success in California that we thought we’d move up the coast,” Wood said. “It’s a natural progression for us.”

Those interested in becoming a franchisee can visit www.wingstop.com to complete a request for a consideration form and learn more information.

“(Washington) is a new area for us,” Wood said. “One that has a lot of promise.”

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