In late June, the Dallas, Texas-based Wingstop chain of quick casual restaurants opened is first location in Canada on Bloor St West in Toronto’s Bloor West Village. The 1700 square foot restaurant features a menu that includes its classic chicken wings, boneless wings and tenders, cooked to order and hand-sauced-and-tossed in a choice of eleven distinctive flavors. The Wingstop menu also features signature sides including fresh-cut, seasoned fries and freshly made ranch and bleu cheese dips. The opening was the first of an agreement with Barbados-based JPK Capital to develop 100 Wingstop quick casual restaurants across Canada over the next ten years. Sari Samarah and Eli Vladimirsky at Value Insight Realty Inc. are responsible for the site selection for Wingstop, with the initial focus on the Ontario markets. The traditional restaurants operate in a variety of formats in a 1200 to 2500 square foot range. Densely populated markets with at least 60,000 people are preferred as are markets with daytime and evening traffic. Highly visible locations with convenient access for pickup and delivery are necessary. Then, last week Wingstop kicked-off a partnership with Kitchen Hub, a virtual food hall concept in Toronto, to offer takeout and delivery service from the Kitchen Hub’s location on Castlefield Ave. in west Toronto. Kitchen Hub's first location on the Queensway in Etobicoke opened in January 2020, and a fourth location in Liberty Village in downtown Toronto is to open in the coming weeks. The company plans to secure nearly 50 locations across Canada in the next five years.
Value Insight Realty, 140 Yonge St., Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1X6 Tel: 416/269-6747 (Sari Samarah – Ext 101, sari.s[email protected]) & (Eli Vladimirsky – Ext 105 [email protected])
JPK Capital – Joe Poulin, Barbados
Wingstop Restaurants Inc., 5501 LBJ Freeway, 5th Floor, Dallas, Texas 75240 (972/686-6500 www.wingstop.com)
Kitchen Hub, 1121 Castlefield Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6B 1E8 (416/551-4500 www.kitchenhub.com )