LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--East Coast Wings + Grill, a North Carolina based comfort dining franchise with an emphasis on buffalo wings and craft beer, is soaring through Q2 2017 with strong growth marks, impressing consumer and investor palates alike.
With 38 locations currently operating, in Q1 2017 the brand added to its pipeline of new markets by signing agreements to open locations in Indian Trails, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Additionally, East Coast Wings + Grill opened two new stores in Burlington, NC and Bartlett, Tenn., which both implemented East Coast Wings + Grill’s recent brand invention. Dubbed East Coast Wings + Grill 2.0, the refresh debuted in January 2017 and includes a new logo and menu items, as well as revamped interior. Upon entering new locations, guests can expect a more rustic and industrial styled space appealing to both the brand’s current customer base, as well as younger millennials.
East Coast Wings + Grill will be attending the 2017 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, taking place April 23-26 in Las Vegas to share details on expansion plans and ownership opportunities. The company offers multi-unit operators an attractive investment opportunity centered upon unit-level economics to support both operations and expansion. Achieving same store sales increase in Q1 2017, the brand additionally experienced an average unit level EBITDA of 18.3 percent in 2016.
“We’re ecstatic to see positive same store sales growth in the first quarter of 2017 even while combating traditional restaurant growth pressures,” stated Sam Ballas, CEO & President of East Coast Wings + Grill. “With our restructured development division and launch of East Coast Wings + Grill 2.0, our recent growth and the increase of our franchisee candidate pipeline comes as no surprise. Our business model provides sustainable industry-leading unit-level economics, as well as a first-class franchise model support team. This mixed with fantastic food made with only fresh ingredients and a revamped experience provides our brand with the perfect recipe for success.”
With more than 60 locations currently operating or in various stages of development, East Coast Wings + Grill plans to open 10 additional locations by 2018. Specifically, the franchise is looking to partner with multi-unit operators to expand its national footprint in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
About East Coast Wings + Grill
East Coast Wings + Grill is a fast-growing, casual, family dining franchise that puts the spotlight on buffalo wings. With more than 60 locations nationwide currently operating or in various stages of development, the burgeoning franchise recently secured itself a top spot for the second consecutive year on Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future 50” list of the fastest-growing U.S. mid-size restaurant chains. 2016- Ranked in the INC. 5000 of personally held corporations. Entrepreneur magazine also named East Coast Wings + Grill one of the nation’s top franchise investments, and Franchise Times magazine ranked the company No. 395 on its “Top 200+” list of top revenue-producing U.S. franchises. The concept has also been recognized by The Franchise Grade and Franchise Business Review for transparency during the franchise sales process, franchisee support and overall franchisee satisfaction. Based in North Carolina, East Coast Wings + Grill caters to chicken wing lovers by offering dozens of varying chicken wing flavors that can be paired with nine heat intensities—resulting in hundreds of delicious choices. The extensive menu also includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more – all using fresh ingredients. For more information about East Coast Wings + Grill or its franchise opportunities, visit www.eastcoastwings.com or www.eastcoastwingsfranchise.com.