Wings Etc. 2019 Franchise Summit “Christens” Blue Chip Casino’s Fremont Ballroom Conference Center Addition

Franchisees and Suppliers for the fast-growing grill & pub franchise are the first to experience new meeting and exhibit spaces in Blue Chip Casino’s 14,800 sq. foot expansion in Michigan City, Ind.


FORT WAYNE, Ind., Thursday, October 17, 2019 — Wings Etc., Inc., a fast-growing grill and pub franchise operating over 70 locations in 10 states, hosted its 2019 Franchise Summit, Oct. 7-9, at the Blue Chip Casino’s Conference Center in Michigan City, Indiana. Wings Etc. chose the Blue Chip Casino for the second consecutive year. Its attendees were the first to use the casino’s new “Fremont Ball Room” and new exhibit space, part of a 14,800 sq. footaddition and renovation at the hotel conference center.

“As we were talking to the Blue Chip team about our 2019 conference, we were excited to hear that we’d be in some of their new space,” said Eric Stuczynski, Chief Procurement and Development Officer for Wings Etc., Inc. “It was extremely well-received by our franchisees and other attendees, and we gave the Blue Chip team a big ‘thumbs up’ on the look and feel of their new space, and their excellent service.”

Wings Etc., Inc.’s Franchise Summit is an annual gathering of franchise owners, senior store operations staff, approved suppliers and corporate team members. The Summit provides an opportunity to build stronger relationships, to collaborate on existing and future plans, and to reenergize those who are actively involved in providing the company’s signature “Good Food, Great Times” to communities where Wings Etc. sports pubs operate.

More than 240 attendees enjoyed perfect weather for the Summit’s kickoff golf outing at the nearby Pottawattamie Country Club. The following days included presentations by nationally-recognized keynote speakers: Grete Eliassen, U.S. Champion and World Record Holder in national and international free ski competitions, and Franklin Covey’s Leena Rinne, co-author of “The Five Choices – The Path to Extraordinary Productivity.” The Summit agenda also included round-table sessions, a leadership forum, an expanded exhibitor mall, and the always entertaining “Wings Etc. Guess-The-Price Game Show.” The Summit closed with an awards ceremony, which recognized outstanding achievements by franchise owners and team members during the prior calendar year.

According to Stuczynski, he and his Summit team received high marks for the event. “It’s a challenge to plan something that requires the time and attention of so many people who are building their businesses and working in their communities every day,” said Stuczynski. “It’s our responsibility to coordinate schedules, to provide meaningful, impactful content and to facilitate relationship-building among our extended Wings Etc. family. Many of our franchise owners went out of their way to express appreciation for this year’s event, and to voice their support for continuation and expansion of the Summit. We are excited about our 2020 Summit, and we can’t wait to get started on planning.”

About the Wings Etc. Grill & Pub Franchise Opportunity

Founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver in the South Bend, Indiana area, Wings Etc. is a family-friendly grill and pub with a diverse menu featuring award-winning jumbo Buffalo wings, 22 signature sauces, fresh- never-frozen gourmet burgers, smoked ribs, sandwiches, subs, wraps, salads, kids meals, over 40 domestic and craft beer selections in bottles and on tap, dozens of large HDTVs tuned to the best sports programming, and a casual, non-corporate-y, laid-back “vibe” that makes people want to just come in and hang out. In addition to its popular sports programming, menu and beverage options, Wings Etc. offers kid-friendly, arcade-quality video games, weekday lunch and food specials, online ordering and much more.

Franchising since 2004, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub has been named one of Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future Franchises” for three consecutive years and has also been named one of Franchise Gator’s “Top 100 Franchises” for four consecutive years. Wings Etc. continues to grow and succeed by partnering with franchise operators who share the Wings Etc. Vision, Mission and Values, a commitment to building a successful business while helping build stronger communities and people, and to having fun!

Wings Etc. offers single and multiunit franchise options. The initial franchise fee is $39,500, with a $200,000 liquid cash investment, and $500,000 minimum net worth requirement for interested prospects. Wings Etc. offers one of the lowest startup costs and break-even franchise opportunities in the full-service restaurant segment. Priority growth markets include Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Alabama and Florida.

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